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Planting in Autumn

The warm colors are in bloom which means autumn has arrived! It’s a common misconception that planting should stop in the fall because of the looming cold winter months. However, fall is actually one of the best times to begin garden landscaping!

With the heat subsiding, autumn is one of the best times for both you and your plants to thrive. The heat underground sticks around for quite some time so even if the air is cold, it’s still warm beneath the ground. While it still rains frequently in the fall, the chaotic thunderstorms are fading which means less unpredictable weather. This allows for more manageable soil and mild conditions on your new plants. Additionally, plant prices go down in the fall as retailers are quickly trying to sell all of their stock before winter. This means getting more bang for your buck!

If your garden needs some sprucing before the winter chill, here are 5 ideas to inspire your landscaping design this autumn!

1. Perennials

Perennials are one of the most exciting things to plant in fall because when spring rolls around, your garden design is already flourishing. Since autumn brings with it less rain than spring, consider planting low water perennials such as Sage and Heuchera. Be sure to make sure these beautiful plants are getting at least an inch of water a week before the ground begins to freeze to give their roots the greatest chance of survival. Peonies and Irises are also beautiful fall perennials that will give your garden landscape a boost of color both in the fall and come spring as well.

Tip: Although Mums are beautiful in fall given their warm colors, planting them in fall will not allow them to come back in the spring since it takes at least two months for their roots to establish.  

2. Shrubs

Adding shrubs to your yard is a great way to give your home landscape some depth. Their simplicity can add elegance to your garden without overshadowing your flowers and brightly colored tree leaves. Try Purple Pixies or Evergreen accent bushes to add some autumn warmth. The warm autumn soil but temperate cool air allows for the perfect growing environment for these subtle, yet beautiful accent plants. 

3. Bulbs

Spring-blooming bulbs are one of the greatest things you can plant in the fall, since they need a short period of cold weather dormancy before blooming. This means a stunning display of blossoms come spring. Tulips, Daffodils, or Freesia are three of the most common spring bulbs you can plant in fall. 

Tip: Be sure to look for bulbs without mold or soft spots and plant them with the pointy end facing up.

4. Fall Veggies

One of the most exciting aspect of growing vegetables is harvesting your own food. Not only are fall vegetables rich in color, but they’re also delicious! Dark leafy vegetables actually thrive in autumn. If you’re a salad lover, Kale, Spinach, and Swiss Chard can easily be planted in the fall. Broccoli, Carrots, and Brussel sprouts are also considered cool-season crops and taste great with pumpkin seeds in autumn. 

Tip: Plan ahead by planting early harvested crops in May, so you can replace them with late harvested veggies come autumn.

5. Trees

Believe it or not, trees actually flourish most when planted in the fall. Fruit trees especially appreciate the cooler climate and consistent rain patterns which allows their roots to develop at a quicker rate, giving the tree more stability. Leaf changing trees are also a great fall addition to your garden landscape because you can see what color their leaves will change to at the nursery. Be sure to water the trees in period of low rainfall so that the roots can soak up the nutrients in the ground before becoming dormant for winter.

Bruss Landscaping is committed to using the best native plant species for your landscaping project to give your garden the greatest chance of survival. This fall, let the experts at Bruss help you turn your home landscape into the perfect autumn aura.


6 Types of Decorative Stones and Gravel for your Next Landscaping Project

Creating the perfect home landscape and hardscape design can be tricky. Luckily, there are a variety of different landscaping products to choose from to match your home’s ambiance. One way to add outside decoration is with stones. Decorative stones and gravel can be great for patio surfaces, walkways, planting beds, and textured accents. Choosing the right stone for your landscaping design can be a bit daunting. Knowing information about each type of stone can help you make a decision. From aggregates to flagstone, here are 6 types of decorative stones and gravel to keep in mind when brainstorming your next home landscape on hardscape.

Aggregates

If you’re looking to add decoration to your backyard design or front yard flower bed, aggregates are the perfect accent stones. Ranging from small decorative pea gravel to large boulders, aggregates can help give your landscape some personality and texture, while also helping with water drainage and moisture control. 

Pea Gravel

Thanks to mother nature, these little pebbles come polished and colorful. Wind and water work hand in hand to wear and smooth down big rocks into pea gravel. These tiny stones are perfect for ground covering. They are light enough to place in your flowerbeds and small enough to fill crevices in between larger flagstone slates. 

River Rocks

If you’re looking for that same glossy finish that pea gravel offers but want something a little bigger, river rocks are perfect. Not only are the incredibly versatile, but they are also very practical. Use river rocks to edge around flower beds, create a dry creek bed, or stack them on top of one another to make a retaining wall. River rocks are perfect for bringing a rustic, charming part of nature into your home landscape.

Lava Rock

Lava rock is exactly what it sounds like. It comes from volcanic domes and is very versatile. Not only does it come in a variety of colors, ranging from coal black to vibrant red, but it also comes in a wide variety of sizes as well. These are especially popular in dry climates where rain is scarce as you can use lava rock in substitute of grass or mulch. It’s lightweight and can retain water and heat well which will keep your garden flourishing in the hot weather. 

Boulders

Looking for a beautiful statement piece to add to your landscaping design. Try adding a large boulder to your flower beds to create symmetry and texture. Paired with accent lighting, large boulders can add depth and drama to your home. Smaller boulders are also great for embellishing a water feature or garden beds given that water makes them sparkle. 

Flagstone

Landscaping with flagstone is a great way to create a modern, yet rustic landscape that is barefoot-friendly. Not only can flagstone be custom cut to fit your landscaping needs, but it also comes in a variety of colors, thickness, and textures. It’s perfect for creating a walkway, patio, and even stepping stones. 

Limestone

From natural-looking pathways to secure walls, limestone has endless applications. Its gentle finish helps create a soft design and is great for walking on. Most commonly used in walkways and patios, limestone can be sanded down to a variety of textures and helps give your home that charming look. Additionally, limestone has wonderful drainage that will help your Victorian garden stand out. 

Sandstone

Fitting to its name, sandstone has a sandy look to it. The tiny grains can add great architecture to your home. It also comes in a variety of colors. Bluestone is a common type of sandstone used to create clean lines and modern drama to your home. This decorative stone still has a smooth finish so you don’t have to worry about rough or sharp surfaces.

Still unsure about which stone is best for your home landscape design? Contact Bruss Landscaping today to schedule your free onsite consultation, and let us help you choose the rocks and stones that compliment your home’s personality.  


Utilizing Native Plant Species for your Next Landscaping Project

With thousands of plants to choose from when tackling a home landscaping project, picking out the right plant species can be a daunting task. A single way to make that decision a little easier is to use native plant species found in your neighborhood. Not only will you be expressing the culture of your community in your garden design, but by using local plant materials, you will also be able to help support wildlife while reducing water runoffs during heavy rain and snow falls.

Native plants tend to be perennials, allowing roots to grow extensively underground. These perennial roots can be magic for your garden and nursery. The roots hold onto the soil and help reduce water runoffs which means healthier plants and less of those midwestern mud puddles. Additionally, native plants can help you in your sustainability efforts, as they help to support your local sustainers like pollinators, birds, and insects. This helps to increase your community’s biodiversity, while helping to preserve local animal and insect species.

Native plants have learned to adapt to local climate over decades and are built to embrace the environment. Because of this, these plants don’t require as many pesticides and herbicides to survive, meaning happy plants and happy ecosystems! The best part of all, is that these native plants require less maintenance and upkeep while also increasing your property value due to all of the buzzing, fluttering, and diversity.

Try growing a Black Maple this summer to start producing your own maple syrup. Or a Sassafras plant to start prepping your garden for fall colors while bringing dozens of butterflies and birds into your garden. Or if you’re feeling a bit nutty, try planting your own Red Hickory tree to produce your own nuts down the road.

Don’t know which plants are native to your community? Fear not, Bruss Landscaping has been in the area for over 65 years and can help chose the perfect plants for your home.

The majority of our plants come from fields within a 100-mile radius. Click here to schedule a free onsite consultation today to see how you can turn your home landscape into a local paradise that you love.

 

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