With the long and hot days of summer being behind us and fall in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get your yard and garden in prime shape for cooler weather. Whether it’s lighting up your landscape so you can enjoy your outdoor spaces longer, setting up an attractive winter garden, or fixing any drainage issues before it gets too cold, Green Collar Landscaping has some tips for giving your property maximum fall curb appeal.
Tip #1: Outdoor Lighting
During fall, the sun rises later, sets earlier, and the evenings are cooler. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying your outdoor space. Whether you like spending time outside during colder months or prefer to see it from your living room window, landscape lighting is a must-have for anyone who wants to enjoy their yard and garden this fall.
LED lighting both saves energy and sheds an attractive glow across your property. They’re also low-maintenance, won’t crack or pop in cold temperatures, and don’t pose the same fire risk as halogens when covered with autumn leaves.
Here are some outdoor lighting ideas that can add colour and personality to your landscape:
- Lights that change colour can relieve the monochromatic winter tones.
- Use green lights to enhance foliage colour or place red ones further in the yard to give the illusion of firelight.
- Place ground lighting intermittently along walkways and pathways.
- If you have an outdoor entertainment area, place task lights under counters or in a pergola.
- Install lighting in trees, where their glow can be diffused through leaves and branches.
To maximize efficiency, install a timer that will automatically turn your lights on at dusk and then turn them off after a certain period of time. This way, you’ll always be able to come home to a safe and welcoming environment without blowing the budget on electricity.
Tip #2: Do Seasonal Decorating
Decorating your entryway for the season is one of the easiest and best ways to make a great first impression. If you are a homeowner, consider painting your door deep orange or rust red for a vibrant, fall-appropriate look. With commercial properties, the addition of a seasonal wreath or planters filled with autumnal flowers will make the premises feel more welcoming. It is the little things that can make a big difference when it comes to how current and potential tenants perceive your property.
Tip #3: Prune Outdoor Greenery
In the fall, trees, shrubs, and shrubbery can all appear gangly as their foliage drops. Prune now to give your property’s yard and garden a well-maintained look and ensure a healthy start to the next growing season.
Use a sharp pair of pruning shears to trim back unruly stems and remove dead branches from bushes and shrubs. If any of your trees have broken branches, have them removed. If the trees are especially tall, schedule a visit from a professional tree trimmer to ensure safe removal.
Tip #4: Add New Mulch
Adding a new layer of natural mulch around the bases of trees and bushes will protect their roots and insulate them from the coming cold, as well as give the landscape a more manicured appearance. By the fall, mulch applied in the spring has likely faded and is beginning to decompose. A fresh layer will give the yard a sharp, cleaner look.
Call the Landscaping Experts for Fall Curb Appeal
Making your property look perfect for fall doesn’t have to be complicated. At Green Collar Landscaping, we are proud of our reputation for creating beautiful outdoor spaces and can work with you to maximize your curb appeal this season. For more information or to receive a free estimate, please contact us today!