12 Important Fall Landscape Tasks

Important Fall Landscape TasksSo we made it through the summer. Now what?

Time to breathe! There is a welcome crispness in the air that can only signal fall. Fall is a great time to be a gardener and it is a perfect time to lay a solid foundation for next year. There are a lot of garden tasks to be completed before winter sets in. Let’s get at them.

Clean Up – With the temperature more comfortable now is a good time to get into the garden and remove any debris that has collected. Decomposing debris is a perfect place for harmful insects to lay their eggs and for plant diseases to fester.

Plant Shrubs and Trees – Fall is for planting! Shrubs and trees will be going dormant soon so they have far less planting stress now than any other time of the year. They will continue to develop roots and be much more prepared to deal with next year’s summer drought.

Important Fall Landscape TasksPlant Spring Bulbs – Spring bulbs are the garden’s surprises. Plant tulips, daffodils, crocus, allium and hyacinths now and wait for them to pop up next year!

Soil Test – Submit a soil test to determine what your lawn and garden’s true nutrient and pH requirements are. There is plenty of time left in this year to make any corrections with fertilizer and/or lime.

Mulch – After a long, hot, dry summer the mulch on your garden is probably thin and dull. A new layer will help protect tender roots from cold winter temperatures and it will make your gardens look clean and fresh. One word of warning, never pile on more than 2” of mulch so as to not suffocate plants.

Kill Perennial Weeds – Fall is the best time to get control of perennial weeds in your lawn. Kill them now and you will not need to worry about them next year.

Important Fall Landscape TasksOverseed – Fall is for seeding! Improve your lawn by seeding in the fall and reap the rewards in the spring.

Feed Your Lawn – Fall fertilizing goes a long way to improving the lawns roots system. By strengthening the root system, your lawn will stand a far better chance of surviving the heat next summer.

Rake Leaves – Raking leaves is simply part of the deal. If you have trees, you have leaves, and they need to be removed. Leaves left on the lawn can lead to disease issues. Believe it or not, some people find raking leaves therapeutic!

Important Fall Landscape Tasks

Fall Flowers – Pansies, Ornamental Cabbage and Kale, Chrysanthemums! Lots of colors and textures to choose from. Enjoy!

Prune – Trees and shrubs react well to fall pruning. Thin out plants, remove dead and dying limbs, cut off crossing branches. Without the leaves, it is much easier to see the structure of the plant.

Hydrate – Give your needle evergreens an extra watering or two. It will help keep them from drying out this winter.

Remember, Allentuck Landscaping Co. is always here to help you design, install, construct and maintain you lawn and landscape. Give us a call!

Customer ServicePhone: 3015-515-1900   Email: info@allentucklandscaping.com

Allentuck Landscaping Co. is Your Residential Landscape Company proudly serving Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Potomac, Darnestown, North Potomac, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Boyds, Germantown, Clarksburg, Ijamsville, Frederick and Urbana.

Project Spotlight: Complete Patio Remodel Rockville MD

The Allentuck Team Transformed This Rockville, MD Home with a Complete Patio Remodel At Allentuck Landscaping Company, we’re proud of the work we do, and we’re truly committed to our motto of Improving Lives Through Landscaping. Nothing makes us happier than totally transforming an outdoor space and leaving our clients delighted. To share our favorite projects, we’re starting a Project Spotlights blog series, which will be our space to highlight some of the incredible work we’ve done over the years. 


Patio Drainage Options: Why They’re Critical

Proper Drainage Is Essential for Any Hardscape—Here Are a Few Options for Patio Drainage Though it might not factor into your dream vision for your home, patio drainage is an essential part of any landscaping project, and particularly for hardscapes. Without good drainage, you run the risk of annoying puddles, damage to foundation, excessive erosion, and potentially disrupting your new hardscapes through freezing and thawing. Luckily, there are many options available to ensure optimal patio drainage! Here at Allentuck Landscaping


8 Creative LED Landscape Lighting Ideas to Transform Your Home

Best LED Landscape Lighting Ideas for Your Home Landscape lighting can transform your outdoor space, enhancing its beauty and creating a welcoming atmosphere. LED landscape lighting, in particular, offers energy efficiency and longevity, making it a smart investment. In this article, we’ll explore eight LED landscape lighting ideas to elevate your home’s exterior. What is LED Lighting? LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is a low-voltage, energy-efficient lighting option. While it may be slightly more expensive than traditional halogen lighting, the


Grading and Yard Drainage: How To Improve Your Home’s Drainage

Proper Grading Is Critical for Improving Yard Drainage Grading and yard drainage are two important factors to consider when maintaining a healthy and attractive home landscape. Without proper grading, water can pool in areas of your lawn and cause damage to the grass, soil, and plants. Improving your home’s yard drainage is essential for keeping your yard looking its best and avoiding costly repairs to landscaping features or even your home’s foundation. In this blog post, we will discuss the


How To Design An Amazing Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. They allow you to enjoy cooking and dining al fresco, while also adding value to your home. But, designing an outdoor kitchen can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not sure where to start. Here are some tips for creating a functional and beautiful outdoor kitchen that will be the envy of all your neighbors. Start with a Plan Before you begin designing your outdoor kitchen,


7 Common Spring Pests In Maryland Gardens

As the weather warms up and spring approaches, many gardeners in Maryland are eagerly planning their spring garden. However, as beautiful as ornamental plants can be, they are also susceptible to a variety of common spring pests that can harm their health and appearance. From scale insects to spider mites, thrips, mealybugs, and whiteflies, there are many pests that can attack and damage ornamental garden plants in Maryland. In this blog post, we’ll discuss seven common spring pest issues that