Fall is here what to do about your landscaping
Your summer-weary pots and hanging baskets can be refreshed with autumn color from mums, herbs, dahlias and winter pansies. Order topsoil and mulch now so you’ll be ready for lawn restoration and new garden projects this fall. Nurseries will be putting trees and shrubs on sale soon, so do your research and make a wish list so you’ll be shopping with a master plan in mind.
Here are some tips for upgrading your landscape with the change of seasons:
Landscaping an entire yard can be overwhelming, so begin at the front door to add curb appeal.
Clear our overgrown shrubbery from windows and entry areas.
You’ll be surprised at how much the added sunlight from unobstructed windows can change your home’s interior.
Invest in dwarf evergreens as foundation plants.
Dwarf evergreens come in many forms, colors and sizes.
The true dwarfs grow as little as half an inch each year. These are the mini shrubs that are perfect under windows and near front entries because they won’t require annual pruning or block the light from windows. Look for super dwarf Alberta spruce such as Pixie Dust, a true dwarf spruce with golden new growth in the spring.
Super dwarf evergreens are great for containers. In the shade, use dwarf hemlock or yew shrubs that stay under 4 feet tall.
The Savvy Buyer’s Tip: Do not trust or believe the “mature size” stated on the plant tags of most shrubs.
If the tags states “grows 4 feet wide by 5 feet tall,” you can sometimes double that estimate in Western Washington. Many of our nursery shrubs are grown in California, where the lack of rain makes them grow much slower than they will in Western Washington.
Best Shopping Advice: Visit a local nursery in the fall on a day when there are no crowds – a weekday or when it is raining. Ask at the nursery for recommendations on shrubs that will not outgrow their space or need pruning.
Local growers are the best resource for the actual size and growth rate in our climate.
Pick a palette for fall color
You can turn up the heat in your landscape with warm, autumn tones or cool things down with shades of purple and pink. Pick one color theme for each area of the landscape and play up the color family.
When you visit the nursery for your fall shopping, head for fiery reds, yellows and orange tones or the cooler colors of lavender, purple and burgundy.
Warm tones: Japanese maples, burning bush, orange heucheras and rudbeckia daisies will fire up any landscape with hot color tones. Pee Gee hydrangeas with rust colored blooms add more warm tones and can be grown as small trees or large shrubs in full sun.
Mother Nature is fully prepared to end the growing season with fireworks and an awe-inspiring show. Plant some fall magic in your own landscape for years of enjoyment.