Why Fall is the Time to Invest in Your Landscape

Why is Fall a great time to invest in your Landscape?
There are many reasons to do this at any time as it increases personal enjoyment and also adds to your overall property value. But…beyond that, Fall has it’s own reasons for you to take that step.

Frontier Landscaping explains why…
Planting trees and shrubs in fall so that you can reap the benefits come next summer. Success rates are much higher this time of year and maintenance required is lower (since the rain and cool temperatures keep roots moist), and so this is a great time to invest in your landscape.

Turf Health

The fall fertilization is what allows your turf to look beautiful next spring. This is the single most important application of any cool season turf program. (Fescue is considered a cool season grass.) Fall is also the best time for seeding, aerating, de-thatching, and soil health applications.

Color Accents

The fall cycle of installing color is the most under-utilized season and it shouldn’t be. A well-designed fall flower pot planted in September can last until December, which is every bit as good of an investment as summer flowers. Or… A color planter could utilize some of our conifers and other evergreens to last throughout the year…Many additions are possible and add greatly to the value of your Landscapes.

Plant Installation

Landscape plantings are such a gratifying addition to any property. Many people assume if they don’t plant in spring, that they missed their window of opportunity and that’s that. This is another false assumption. Fall temperatures are ideal for planting. Plants are less likely to stress after planting in fall. Fall is also when tree inventories are at their most fresh as a rule. When planting in the fall, there is a greater assurance of success with your selected plants.

Landscape Maintenance

During fall, our Frontier landscape Maintenance crews begin the process of dividing perennials, clearing leaves, fertilizing plants, and pruning for structure. The cooler temperatures also mean that shearing of hedges can commence without the risk of burning the plants. This active maintenance season sets your landscape up for a beautiful spring. If you have sensitive plants, additional mulching can occur to insulate roots and crowns. Without this care, much of the landscape won’t thrive the following year, so taking care of your plants in the Fall helps to ensure a robust and lush season come spring.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and get started on your fall planting

The Fall Season is Lawn Season

When you want to improve your landscaping and increase the amount of grass you have on your property, you have two options… Seed or Sod. Grass seed comes in a variety of different types and allows you to fill in thin areas or grow an entire lawn over the course of one growing season. Sod gives you an instant lawn without any of the waiting that is involved with seeds. Both will produce a lush, green lawn when well cared for, but they do have some differences. Below, we’ll explain these differences to help you make a more informed decision for your property.

Soil Preparation

In both the installation of seed and sod, there is some preparation required for the lawn. In either case, there may need to be the removal of old, dead grass, rocks, tree stumps, or fallen leaves. In both cases, the soil may need to be prepared to handle the addition of the new grass. Adding Gypsum and Lime really help with the soil type in our area and tilling is a must. Nutrients may need to be added to help the grass grow. The cost of this soil preparation is normally included in the cost of the lawn installation, but if the ground is in poor condition, sometimes an additional cost is needed.

Installation

Seed is fairly easy to install once the soil is prepared. The grass seed is added to a spreader and laid evenly over the ground. Then fertilizer and mulch put over it.

Sod can be laid out in rolls or squares.

Both seed and sod have a range of prices depending on the type of grass you select. Seed is less expensive than sod, depending on what soil preparation is needed.  Sod, however, can be more costly, but does give you the advantage of an “Instant Lawn.”

Appearance

Both seed and sod come in a range of different grass type. Seed is typically available in a wider range of options than sod, however, giving you more choices for color, hardiness, and lushness of the lawn.

Seed does take 1 growing season to fill in completely, while sod will give you a new lawn within one day. Because seed takes much longer to cover a lawn completely, weeds can mix in with the grass over time, and may require the use of some type of weed control. Because sod is fully grown grass with no weeds introduced, it doesn’t require the same amount of care.

Planting Season

When adding seed to your lawn,one of the best times of year is during the cooler fall months. The warm days and cool nights help the grass grow quickly, putting down roots that will help it come up stronger and healthier in the spring. Typically we don’t seed after the end of October , starting up again around April due to the Seasonal changes.

Maintenance

Both seed and sod have some degree of maintenance after installation. both will require daily watering for the first two to four weeks to encourage the roots to grow.

Seed may have a greater degree of initial maintenance than sod. Seed also requires daily watering, but it also requires a weaning period from daily watering so that the new grass does not become stunted.

Erosion Control

If the soil in the area you are planting is experiencing erosion, sod can be installed as a form of erosion control.

Seed can be used for this purpose as well but can be less effective short term, as the length of time it takes to put down roots cannot stop erosion quickly enough.

Preparing for Winter

Preparing for Winter

The quality of “rest” or rather, dormancy affects the health and well being of your trees and landscapes year after year…Season after Season.

Plants and trees experience life cycles through the Seasons. Most trees “sleep” or go dormant each Winter to one degree or another. While some trees defoliate completely, others maintain their foliage but with both types, their growth rate slows to a crawl depending on the variety of the Tree. The quality of their rest period determines how healthy and productive they are when their growth period returns.

At Frontier, we prepare your Trees and Landscapes to do their very best throughout the Winter Season and set them up to thrive when Spring comes back around.

  • Mulching to insulate tree roots and soil
  • Proper Pruning and staking to protect trees during potentially harsh winter’s.
  • Preparation in Winter creates healthy growth in Spring

It is important to protect the root systems of young plants and trees. Mulching is a good way to accomplish that task. Mulching works as a weed deterrent during the growth periods as well as retaining moisture. During the Winter months, it acts as an insulator to preserve warmth near the roots and soil.

Proper Tree Pruning and Tree Staking are also essential to protect your Trees from potentially harsh weather and to set them up to grow well again in the Spring.

Frontiers’ highly skilled team can prepare your Trees and Landscapes for the Winter and the coming growth season.

Contact us to schedule an appointment to get your Trees and Landscapes ready for Winter!

Lighting for your perfect Late-Summer/Fall Landscape or Patio

Few activities are more relaxing and enjoyable than spending time outdoors with friends and family. At this time of year when it’s still warm outdoors that experience can extend into the evening. At Frontier we recommend Outdoor Lighting to enhance your Landscape, extend the time you can spend outdoors – as well as the safety aspects that come with having a well-lit garden or landscape.

Frontier Landscape services providing exterior lighting installation for Vancouver, WA.

Got a great garden? Why not flaunt it by night? Using overhead, in-ground and other types of fixtures you’ll create after-dark excitement – and deter trespassers at the same time.  There are many different moods and lighting options that your professionals at Frontier Landscaping can introduce as options for you to best suit your personal needs and taste.

Exterior lighting installation with Frontier Landscaping services.Lighting the outside of your home is not difficult, but an evening stroll around the neighborhood quickly reveals it’s easy to make mistakes…Too dark on one side, not enough light on the other…. Extremely bright then casting shadows over the front entry… not the right “type” of lighting, etc. The Frontier Landscaping Team will help you steer clear of such ‘missteps’ and find the types and styles of lighting to achieve the style and functionality that you are looking for!

Proper Tree staking Creates Healthy Trees, while Improper Tree Staking Causes Tree Failure

A newly-planted young tree is staked to stabilize it until the roots extend through the soil sufficiently to support it without assistance. Even slight uprooting, if not discovered promptly, can lead to damage or death of the tree.

Trees that may need staking include those with roots inadequate to support above-ground mass, which is the case for bare root trees or those with small root balls. Tall, top-heavy trees and slender, delicate trunks may also need some help.

Qualities of the site or soil may also dictate the need for additional support. These sights include windy areas, extreme rainfall and locations with alot of human or animal traffic.

Soil texture plays a lot in anchoring the roots properly. Sandy loam, loose organic material and forest fines are some examples of that. In this case, more stabilization and soil amendments may be required for proper rooting to occur. The rooting process usually takes about 1 year.

Frontier Landscaping and proper tree staking tips.

As we see in the first photo, someone was very determined to immobilize this tree!

 

Complete immobility is not a reasonable or desired result.

 

 

*              If wind or other factors cause strong movement, the one-sided mooring can

cause the young tree to snap.

*              The fasteners will rub against the tree bark, eliminating the tree’s protection

wherever there is friction and expose the tree to moisture and illness. If a tree has

too much of it’s protective bark removed, it is likely that the tree will die from the

exposure. This is referred to as “girdling.”

 

Frontier landscaping tree planting services Vancouver, WACorrect tree staking employs two or more stakes opposite each other, and ideally parallel to the direction of the prevailing wind whenever possible.

 

*              Proper tree staking/strapping materials are flexible, non-abrasive and adjustable and

should not be tied too tightly but have a little “give”.

*              The tree is allowed some movement of trunk and branches, while keeping it’s

feet firmly planted. This kind of movement stimulates root growth as well as

Increasing the growth of the trunk diameter, leading to a much more healthy

outcome for the tree.

 

Usually, depending on the size of the tree when it was planted, the strapping or staking materials can be removed at the beginning of the next growth cycle. If staking is to remain in place, the strapping and adjustments must be checked to make sure the tension is correct and the bark of the tree free of restrictions.

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