Spring, summer, and fall are the seasons when homeowners think about and work on their landscaping projects. But some projects are better than others to do in each of these seasons. Now that fall is rapidly approaching, our team at Cataldo Landscape & Masonry is turning their attention to projects that are best to do in the fall. If you’ve been thinking about tackling some landscaping projects soon, let a Wellesley landscaper give you some tips about which projects are best to take on in the fall.
Here are some projects your Wellesley landscaper thinks you should work on this fall.
Planting and Transplanting
There are many plants that do best when you plant them in the spring, but there are also plenty that thrive in the fall. For example, you should plant trees and shrubs in the fall because the cooler temperatures and more consistent rainfall help them establish their roots before winter. If you want to plant spring-blooming bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and crocuses, they also do best when planted in the fall. Like trees and shrubs, bulbs can establish their roots better in cooler temperatures. The cooler temperatures are also conducive to transplanting or dividing your perennials if you want to see them thrive next year.
Certain aspects of lawn care are also best done in the fall. If you want to aerate your lawn to loosen up the soil, it is better to do it in the fall when the ground is drier rather than in the spring when it is saturated from rain and melting snow. Adding a layer of mulch to your beds or around your trees and shrubs helps to insulate the roots in the winter and suppress weed growth come springtime. If you’ve been thinking about starting a compost pile, fall is the time to do it. You’ll have plenty of stuff to add to it from your fall cleanup, and then you’ll have a nutrient-rich mixture for your spring garden.
If you spent the summer wishing you had a nicer patio, the fall is a great time to add to or improve your current hardscaping. Other hardscaping projects like pathways or retaining walls are also good to tackle in the fall. The structures can settle during the winter, and then they’ll be ready to use when spring rolls around.