Fall conjures up images of brilliant displays of burnt orange, cranberry-colored and golden leaves glistening in the late afternoon sun. If you’re thinking about adding a bit more color to your yard – the possibilities are endless! Check out these fall landscaping tips for ideas on how to achieve this look, as well as tips to protect it through the winter months:
Pop Some Color – It’s not too late to add vibrant color to your yard, and save money in the process by taking advantage of fall sales. Japanese and Autumn Blaze Maple trees, as well as Dogwoods spring to life with a myriad of hues as the nights get longer and cooler. Adding flowers such as asters, goldenrods and hardy mums to your garden beds add additional splashes of color.
Not sure what will grow in your yard? The Morton Arboretum provides online tips to help you select trees and plants best suited for your yard.
Seasonal Flair – Add a warm and autumnal touch to your front porch and walkway with colorful gourds, cornstalks, potted annuals and other seasonal items that can be found at local farm stands, garden centers and home improvement stores. Wannemaker’s in Downers Grove will even create amazing floral displays with their Custom Potting Service to fit your personal taste & needs.
Think Spring – Get a jump on next year’s spring blossoms by planting perennial bulbs now. Once the snow melts, these low-cost and low-maintenance flowers, such as tulips, hyacinths and lilies, will add a swath of color to your yard’s palette – giving you added curb appeal. For a wide selection of colorful bulbs that arrive at your doorstep and ready to plant shop online at Breck’s® or the Michigan Bulb Co®.
Feed Me – Autumn is the perfect time to feed your lawn the nutrients it needs, like Scotts® WinterGuard Fall Lawn Food before winter sets in. Before fertilizing, rake all of the dead leaves, grass and weeds from your yard and then aerate to let air, water and nutrients get to the roots.
Winter Proof – Make time before the first hard frost to protect your trees, shrubs and garden beds. It’s as simple as removing dead and dying annuals, pruning branches, and either turning or purchasing additional mulch to provide insulation – at least 2-3 inches around shrubs and trees. If you have roses, pick up a few rose cones at your nearby garden center to add an additional layer of protection from harsh Midwest winters.
Need help financing your fall landscaping project? Our Personal Loans are a flexible and cost-effective way to pay for your projects – big or small.
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