There’s so much to love about fall – cooler weather, leaves changing colors, and pumpkin spiced drinks and pastries. Early fall is a good time to complete fall landscaping projects like mulching, planting annuals, adding outdoor lighting, and cleaning gutters and downspouts as well.
Here are four fall landscaping projects to complete before winter:
Spread two to three inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees. Buy organic mulch products, such as shredded hardwood or wood chips, in your choice of color at local landscaping supply stores. There are many advantages to organic mulches, including their ability to decompose over time, add nutrients to create rich soil, retain oxygen in the soil, and protect from compaction caused by heavy rains or harsh sun.
Plant Fall Flowers
Fall is an ideal time to plant fall flowers and vegetables. Cool-season flowers include alyssum, begonia, calendula, chrysanthemum paludism, dianthus, dusty miller, geranium, and primroses. Fall vegetables include asparagus, Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, kale, broccoli, cucumber, and spinach. When planting flowers or vegetables, take care to follow individual seeding requirements.
Add Outdoor Lighting
As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to illuminate walkways, brighten up entrance areas and highlight dark areas. Install motion-activated spotlights, lanterns, and task lights for safety and security. You can incorporate low-voltage and solar powered fixtures into the design. Regularly check all bulbs, where applicable, replacing them as needed.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
After monsoon season has left the valley, clean gutters and downspouts, ensuring water flows freely. This system helps protect against potential structural issues by diverting water away from the home’s foundation. Make sure to use a sturdy ladder and enlist the help of a buddy when removing leaves and debris from the gutters. Telescoping gutter cleaning tools can be found online.
Elite Landscaping and Sprinkler Repair has been servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the greater metro area since 1982. Our mission is to provide professional service and attention to your fall landscaping projects. We are a full-service company providing complete landscape design, installation, and repair.