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October 10th, 2017

Far too often we convince ourselves that our yard and landscaping has to go into hibernation during the fall and winter months. Our team at Hearndon Construction thinks that’s silly—why waste all of your hard work and energy from the spring and summer months go to waste? More importantly, why should cold weather be a deterrent to your yard looking great? The leaves may be falling, but your landscaping standards don’t have to!

 

In an effort to revitalize your yard as the seasons change, we’ve put together the following guide to fall landscaping.

Bring in the five elements of design

  • Color – use a complementing color scheme through bushes, shrubs, stones, etc.
  • Line – Linear patterns are used to direct physical movement and to draw attention to areas in your garden
  • Form Form can be expressed through trees and shrubs of various shapes and sizes which create natural patterns
  • Scale -Your outdoor design should balance the size of the building it surrounds, while maintaining comfortable environment for the individual who will use the area.   

 

Weave in native plants that have color

  • Maple Trees- firey golds and reds
  • Sweet Birch –  yellow
  • Viburnum – vibrant leaf colors
  • Staghorn Sumac – vibrant orange and red leaves in the fall, bright fruit stalks that provide color all winter long.
  • Blueberries

 

Spread mulch

Bringing in mulch is better for plants in the fall than in the spring because it protects the roots from frost and retains moisture during the cold and dry winter. Spread the mulch around shrubs and trees.

 

Get rid of the dead and dying

Out with the old, in with the new. In the fall, you won’t be necessarily pruning, but rather neaten your landscaping by removing dead annuals, blooms and cut back your perennials. Experts recommend lightly pruning dead or dying branches from shrubs and trees.

 

Winterize to protect

In the event of a heavy ice or snow, delicate landscaping can be at risk follow the tips below to ensure you don’t lose any plants to the frost:

  • Hide small plants under overturned plastic pots or buckets.
  • Wrap shrubs, such as boxwoods, in burlap.
  • Surround vulnerable trees with shredded leaves.

Spiffy up the exterior of your home

As fall begins and trees lose their leaves, you home will become more exposed. Take time before fall sets in to clean up the exterior of your home. A good pressure wash to remove dirt, cobwebs and weeds may be a good idea.

 

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