October 13, 2021
As the weather starts to change, it’s normal for your home’s landscaping to start looking a bit tired and underwhelming. The plants start to drop their leaves and won’t produce new growth until the following spring. Worse, your carefully maintained lawn will start to look brown and boring until the weather warms back up. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for a boring landscape during the cooler months. You just have to be willing to think outside of the box and make a few adjustments to your normal landscaping routine. Here are a few simple ways from your trusted Denver sprinkler service to keep your landscaping looking as great as it can even when you have months to wait for the next growing season.
Get Raking A.S.A.P.
Letting leaves decompose on your lawn and in your garden beds is one of the best things you can do for the soil. As the leaves break down, they deposit minerals and nutrients that enrich the ground and make it more fertile and better able to support the growth of a diverse group of plants when the weather warms up. However, some homeowners’ associations won’t let you leave the leaves alone. Worse, they can make your yard look cluttered and unkempt.
The best way to get your yard looking pristine is to start raking leaves as soon as they start falling. By staying on top of the raking, you’ll keep your yard looking great, avoid possible HOA fines, and can repurpose the leaves in your fall decorations. Pick up some jack o’lantern leaf bags at your closest hardware store and fill them with the leaf waste before Halloween. They’ll make your yard look spooky, cost very little, and can be tossed away once the holiday is over.
Mulch is one of the best ways to prevent erosion and keep your landscaping looking great throughout the year. But most importantly, it adds a pop of color to your garden beds even when the growing season is long over. All you have to do is choose the right type of mulch for your yard and your landscaping.
Most local tree care companies have mulch at incredibly low costs and some even offer it for free if you’re willing to come to collect it from their facility. Pick up enough to spread a complete layer across your garden beds and around the trees and shrubs on your property. If you can, choose a mulch that’s bright in color and will add a nice pop to your landscaping. Bring it home and spread it evenly throughout your beds and around the base of the trees and shrubs. As it sits, it will break down and deposit nutrients into your soil to make your beds more fertile come spring.
Focus on Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting and landscape lighting can make a huge difference in the way your yard looks at any given time. If you don’t already have landscape lighting in place, work with your trusted landscaper to install a system on your property. This will allow you to draw the eye away from parts of the yard you don’t want to draw attention to and makes your yard look far more interesting when there aren’t active blooms and growth to distract the eye.
If you already have light fixtures in place, give your lighting a little TLC. Clean away cobwebs and dirt from lights that are in good shape. Replace any burned-out light bulbs with modern LED bulbs to save on energy costs. During the holidays, you can even swap the bulbs out for colorful options to make your yard festive without investing in additional decorations. If you notice any fixtures that aren’t working or aren’t doing what you want them to, contact your trusted landscaper and let them take a look. They should be able to make the necessary repairs and upgrades to make your yard look its best even in low light conditions.
Add Color With Decorations
It should come as no surprise that even the most beautiful landscapes in the greater Denver area look bland during the colder months. Even if you have new growth coming up, it will be short-lived and will turn brown in a matter of days. That doesn’t mean you have to accept a boring yard. You can do something about it.
Add color with decorations throughout your home’s exterior. During early fall, decorate with bright pumpkins and gourds to add flair and fun to your yard and home’s exterior. If you have trees, consider hiring a professional to install holiday lights for the season. This will create eye-catching displays that your neighbors will enjoy and appreciate every night. You can also decorate the exterior of your house with colorful wreaths or decorative holiday flags and banners to add more color to your yard.
Plant Ornamental Grasses
One of the easiest ways to make your cold-weather landscaping look great year-round is to incorporate ornamental grasses into your design. These grasses grow actively during warmer weather and enter hibernation once the temperatures drop. Though they won’t produce green growth during the winter, they can still add texture and unique colors to your landscaping even when it’s too cold for other plants to thrive. Add them to your garden beds, create decorative trim around established trees and shrubs. Once they’re in place, they’ll require minimal maintenance and upkeep to preserve their impact and keep them healthy.
Keep Your Yard Looking Great During the Fall
If you’re struggling to figure out how to keep your yard looking awesome during the fall and winter months, don’t panic. You’re not alone. These tips should help you create a dynamic and beautiful landscape design no matter how cold the weather gets. Just make sure to schedule a professional sprinkler system blowout with your trusted Denver sprinkler repair and maintenance team. Not sure if your system needs a blowout? Reach out to Water Solutions Sprinkler Service today and discuss your property’s needs now. The sooner you do, the sooner we’ll be able to make sure your system stays in good condition for years to come.