Summer may be over in the Capital Region but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities for fall landscaping to boost your curb appeal this season! There are lots of fall-blooming flowers and landscaping maintenance to do items that will have your yard looking its best now and prepare it for a lush spring.
Here’s 6 fall landscaping ideas to help your yard stay the envy of the neighborhood:
Choosing Plants for Fall Landscaping
Spring and summer may be the go-to time for planting new flowers but fall isn’t fully left out!
Fall perennials are great for swapping out faded summer plants. By late in the summer season, nurseries are stocking flowers already in bloom, so they’ll be ready to shine the moment you add them to your front yard fall landscaping. Colorful mums, Chinese bellflowers (also known as balloon flowers), and sweet alyssum will both make your post-Labor Day garden look fantastic.
The latter is also self-sowing and low-growing, making it a great filler for low spots in your front yard landscaping as it provides a living mulch for flower beds, as well. Another tip for selecting flowers for your fall landscaping ideas is to consider blooms in fall colors like warm oranges and pale yellows.
Your front yard will be the focal piece of your street for all the right reasons!
Create Texture and Movement
Going hand-in-hand with creating your new fall landscaping is considering texture and movement. Ornamental grasses that sway in the breeze create beautiful visual elements in your yard. Adding topiary to your front yard fall landscaping provides great structure and a polished finish contrasting nicely with swaying fall foliage.
In addition to texture and contrast, topiary adds the perfect opportunity to add holiday lights to your front yard landscaping this winter.
Seeding Your Lawn in Fall
Fall landscaping maintenance includes preparing your lawn for next spring. At the close of summer or very beginning of fall, seed your lawn to create thick, lush grass in the coming spring. It is best to overseed at least 45 days before the first frosts in order to allow seeds to germinate properly.
A landscaping professional will be able to help you determine which grasses will grow best in your climate.
Create a Festive Fall Entryway
The entryway to your home is more than just the front door! Consider potted plants and other flowers to dress up a front porch. Adding vegetation decorations such as pumpkins, gourds, and squash is a festive and fun way to spruce up your entryway for fall. Looking to go a step further? Adding a flower canopy with seasonal plants really highlights your fall landscaping.
This focal point can act as a cover for a front porch or be a gate for your front walkway, adding another dimension to your curb appeal this fall.
Add Hardscaping to Your Front Yard
Speaking of walkways, creating your fall landscaping is a great time to consider new hardscaping! Adding hardscaping to your front yard such as walkways or natural rock formations improves curb appeal, creating visual interest and increasing the value of your home. There are endless options available for stone types and color. A new walkway to your front door may also provide an opportunity to add more plants and trees to your yard.
When creating walkways, don’t forget lighting! Lighting is important for safety but also highlights your new fall landscaping.
Fall Yard Cleanup
Perhaps the most important landscaping tip is keeping on top of yard cleanup for fall. Though not as exciting as adding new flowers to your yard, prepping your lawn for the coming winter creates great curb appeal for fall and sets it up for a healthy, lush spring.
As the leaves begin to change in the Capital Region, admire the fall foliage left on the trees but clear any debris in the yard. Fallen leaves may be a sign of fall, but are a prime source for snow rot and lawn damage when left covering the grass.
Dethatching your front lawn this fall prevents your grass from being suffocated over winter. Another task to do is to turn over mulch in your landscaping. One major pass over your flower beds for lingering weeds will also keep your fall landscaping protected and prepare your yard for winter.
A landscaping professional will know everything that needs doing to prepare your front yard for the cold Upstate New York winter and ready it for a beautiful spring.
These fall landscaping ideas will boost curb appeal for the autumn months and into winter but also play an important role in protecting your lawn for the coming spring. Don’t leave your front yard to the harsh winter months unprepared.
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