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6 Ways You Can Prep Your Yard For Fall

6 Ways You Can Prep Your Yard For Fall

As the leaves start to fall and a cooler breeze sweeps across Calgary, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your yard for the fall. Here are 6 tips to consider to help get your garden ready for cooler weather:

  1. Move your herb garden indoors: If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your lovely herb garden just yet, you can move them indoors toa place where there is m of light, which can help them last a little longer. If they’re not in the best condition then you can always try harvesting them and drying them out to use in the winter months.
  2. Clear your annuals: Because annuals are only good for one growing season, it can be a good idea to clear them out before the snow flies. This way you can make some room for more plants and space will be ready to prep for new annuals, once spring comes around.
  3. Plant trees or shrubs: Just because the temperatures are getting cooler doesn’t mean your planting has to stop. Fall can still be a good time to plant trees and shrubs because the soil is still warm enough for the roots to become established. If you get it done early enough, the plants and shrubs may have more time to get accustomed to their new home before the winter season kicks in.
  4. Add mulch in bare areas: Look around for places where there are bare spots of soil or areas for potential new plants. If you already have mulch elsewhere in your yard,  then add some mulch to bare areas or top-up thinning areas. This can help keep in a small extra layer of insulation for your garden.
  5. Fertilize the lawn: There’s nothing worse than having dried up grass once the winter months clear away, so now is the time to make sure your lawn is getting the proper nutrients throughout the winter. Fertilizer is a great way to help your grass get the proper nutrients to survive the colder temperatures. Look for fertilizer designed for cooler months, like fall or winter-prep mixes.
  6. Plan for Any Spring Upgrades. As you tidy your yard, you might spot some opportunities for a new feature you’d like to add: a new tree, a dedicated fire pit area, a clear stone pathway, additional seating with a new seating wall…ideas could be endless! Bear in mind any challenge spots you may need to solve or any new additions you may wish to add as you work through your winter yard prep, then start planning for those changes when the weather warms up again by researching your ideas, mapping your design, or connecting with a professional to help you! We work with a lot of homeowners who “book early” in the fall, so their renovations can start early in the spring and be ready for use for more of the warm season!

Just like we need to prepare for the cooler seasons, so does your yard. These 6 tips will ensure your yard is ready for the cooler months, making it easier to prepare your own great outdoors in the spring.

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5 Things to Consider When Planning Yard Upgrades

5 Things to Consider When Planning Yard Upgrades

Whether a whole new yard or a few new updates, adding a little landscaping to your home design helps give you more living space, more room to call home sweet home. Landscaping is typically a blend of hardscaping and softscaping, bringing together multiple elements to create a complete design.

As you plan your landscaping wishlist, bring together ideas rooted in both hardscaping and softscaping. Here are some key considerations to remember for both, to help shape your new outdoor space.

When planning your trees, shrubs and plants, remember:

Spacing: consider the growth maturation of what you plant, both vertically and horizontally. Draw this out or create a wishlist of your ideal plants and work with a professional to map these out with the right spacing to facilitate full growth potential.

Pacing:  an abundance of greenery can sometimes require more management to upkeep, which can also mean your space could become easily overgrown or overwhelming.

Placing: know your zone and plan for the environment you live in. Alberta is typically suited for plants zoned for 2B or 3A, so be sure you are selecting plants noted in this range.

When planning your hardscape elements, remember:

Form: hardscaping can come in a variety of forms, whether it’s stonework, brickwork, wood or composite, all of which come in a variety of styles and colors. Look for materials and finishes that are either consistent with or complimentary to your overall design.

Function: hardscape elements can be decorative, supportive or foundational to your yard. Each function is non-exclusive of each other, meaning a retaining wall could be a critical supportive element in protecting the slope of your yard but can also serve as a decorative focal point of your yard. Decide the functions you need your yard to serve and design with that purpose in mind.

Remember to consider hardscaping the foundation of your yard. Start with hardscaping to help define the key aspects of your yard. Let your softscape decisions help augment, accent, and embellish. Finding the right blend of function and aesthetic, color balance, and surface variety will create a whole new room to call your home sweet outdoor home.

We’d love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment below or connect with us to chat through them together.

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