Hardscaping is adding stone walls, patios, gravel paths, firepits and/ or wooden decks to your yard while softscaping is adding plants, flowers, trees and shrubs to your landscape. Autumn is the ideal time for doing a bit of both.
As the weather begins to cool down, it will be easier to work on those outdoor beautification projects. Before you begin, we suggest that you hire a landscape designer to avoid wasting money on hardscaping or softscaping that wouldn’t work or add to your home’s curb appeal. In addition, a landscape designer can help you determine if any special permits will be needed and if any special drainage might be required.
When hardscaping you must take into consideration the style and colors of your home. After selecting your style, choose a few materials that complement your home’s interior and exterior. Then incorporate curves and shapes in a way that the hardscaping elements blend easily with the rest of the landscape. The last thing you want to do is detract from your home’s value. It is also important to look at the “big picture”. You may not have the budget to do everything that you want to do now;however, you should have an overall plan.
As for softscaping, plants added in the fall will get a better head start than those planted in the heat of summer. The temperatures are cooler but the soil is still warm for roots to develop and get a strong hold. This is why autumn is the ideal time to plant trees and shrubs. Just be sure to keep them watered sufficiently until the ground freezes. The same holds true for any perennials planted in the fall.
We have a few more weeks in August to plan ahead so get started now on those hardscaping and softscaping designs and plans. If you need help, we’re local, insured and ready to assist.