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Your Checklist for Fall Perennial Care

Your Checklist for Fall Perennial Care

Many people choose to fill or sprinkle their gardens with rich and lavish, long-lasting perennials! These plants are perfect for decorating your home exterior while simultaneously lightening your landscaping maintenance load.

As we make our way through the last month of summer, it’s a good time to brush up on the best and most important fall landscaping practices. Use this quick checklist to get your perennials ready for their dormant winter and guarantee a spring bloom more brilliant than the last!

1.) Remove dead foliage.

Pruning should be a part of your regular plant care routine, but it’s especially important to do it at this time of year as more and more of your garden begins to die off. Clear away wilted leaves and dead or dying plants and flowers from your perennials. This will prevent the spread of disease and reduce the chance of harmful insects flocking to your still-growing plants.

Once you’ve eliminated decaying vegetation, cut back your perennial stems to 1-2 inches from the ground to keep them clean.

2.) Feed your perennials.

Nourish your perennials to help them survive the upcoming winter and thrive when spring arrives. Pack your beds with a 4-6-inch layer of compost—you can even make your own from the dead plant debris you’ve cleared away. The compost will break down slowly and release nutrients over time, keeping your perennials sustained throughout their hibernation.

3.) Adjust your watering habits.

If you’re caring for perennials in an area that experiences a dry winter with little snow or frost, you should continue to water them once a month through fall and winter to keep them healthy. If you live in a climate that tends to get a lot of frost and snowfall, take the opposite approach. As fall begins, cut back on how often you water your plants. This will signal them to harden in preparation for winter.

4.) Mulch after the first frost.

To prevent rodent nesting and ensure the best results, wait until after the ground first freezes to mulch your perennial beds. Once the first frost passes, remove old mulch and replace it with a new layer filled with hay, straw, peat moss, pine needles, etc. A fresh blanket of mulch will help insulate the soil and protect plant roots from the effects of extreme temperatures.

Optimize your garden and landscaping for colder weather by investing in professional preparation. At VistaPro Landscape & Design, we offer seasonal cleanup, maintenance, and protection assistance to get your landscape ready for fall and winter. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more about the experienced and convenient grounds management services we have available!

Reasons to Have a Garden Built by a Professional Landscaper

Reasons to Have a Garden Built by a Professional Landscaper

Gardens are typically beautiful, as long as they’re planned well and someone cares for them over time, right? What are some reasons to have your garden built by a professional landscaper, like someone from Vista Pro Landscape & Design? Idea Generators For starters, professional landscape designers are great at generating ideas about what a garden… Continue Reading

Preparing Your Soil for Spring Gardening

Preparing Your Soil for Spring Gardening

As the spring season swoops in and revitalizes the outdoors with new life, it is time to prepare your soil for spring gardening. Here are a few ways to get your soil ready for planting this season. Compost/manure Compost provides soil with a fresh infusion of nutrient-rich organic matter, improving its ability to absorb water… Continue Reading

Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Alternatives to Grass

Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Alternatives to Grass

If you love having a beautiful backyard, but aren’t a big fan of all of the upkeep that it takes to maintain the lawn, you might be interested in installing a low-maintenance alternative to grass instead. Whether you’re looking for drought-tolerant options or a set-it-and-forget it ground cover, there are plenty of plantings to consider.… Continue Reading

5 Veggies to Plant in Your Fall Garden

5 Veggies to Plant in Your Fall Garden

Summer growing season might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to call it quits in your vegetable garden just yet. If you’re still itching to spend some more time in the garden, August is the perfect time to plant a fresh round of fresh veggies to harvest in the fall.… Continue Reading

Keeping Japanese Beetles Out of Your Garden

Keeping Japanese Beetles Out of Your Garden

Japanese beetles were first found in North America in a New Jersey nursery in 1916. With no natural predators to regulate their populations, the insects soon began to devour plants in gardens up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Today, the Japanese beetle is still one of the most common and destructive invasive pest species in… Continue Reading

Why You Should Mulch Out, Not Up

Why You Should Mulch Out, Not Up

Spreading mulch around trees doesn’t just serve an aesthetic purpose; it helps the tree to absorb water and nutrients as well. If you don’t mulch your trees correctly, however, it can actually do more harm than good. The most common mulching mistake is the practice of building mulch up around a tree trunk, rather than… Continue Reading