Four Essential Ways to Adjust Your Commercial Landscaping for Fall

a close-up of blades of grass with a single orange leaf lying on topWith the dog days of summer coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about what is next in your commercial property landscaping process. In Texas, November is typically when we start seeing a dip in the temperature, which means plants could be negatively affected if you lack a game plan when cooler weather appears. The good news is that you can take a few steps to prepare your commercial landscaping for the arrival of the fall.

Cut Back on Watering

Conserving water year-round should always be top of mind when it comes to commercial landscaping, but especially in fall when lower temperatures reduce the occurrence of evaporation. It will not benefit you (or your landscape) to continue watering at the same frequency you were in the spring and summer. Unless you have a smart controller that is automatically controlled by a weather station, you should cut back irrigation by 50% or more. It’s essential to the health and well-being of your plants as fall moves in.

Use Pre- and Post-Emergent for Weeds in Turf

Weed control in fall can mean fewer weeds and less plant disease, which is why a pre- and post-emergent should be a staple in your seasonal landscaping maintenance. However, without understanding how and when to apply weed control, it could prove detrimental to your landscaping. When you start to see weeds sprout, invest in post-emergent, which will kill the weeds that have already begun to grow, and help keep them from coming back. Pre-emergent will be more effective in weed prevention and keep weed seeds from germinating. For the best results, apply emergent twice a year—once in the spring and again in the fall—to keep your commercial landscaping in top condition.

Consider Using Ryegrass

Have you seen those properties whose lawns are a brilliant green color in the wintertime? They are using ryegrass to protect the lawn and help it maintain its color into fall and winter. Ryegrass is a viable—and temporary—option for continued lawn growth year-round. Professional landscapers place it on top of existing turf to increase curb appeal to your commercial property.

Plant Your Seeds in the Fall

There is a common misconception that spring is the ideal time to plant trees and other greenery. We hate to break it to you, but autumn is the absolute best time to do plantings because of cooler temperatures, reliable rainfall, and shorter days that help plants make an easier transition to your commercial greenspace. In the fall, plants change from producing new leaves to producing new roots. Thus, allowing ample opportunity for plants to sprout healthier and stronger roots will help your landscape thrive the entire year.

Cooler weather is coming, but are you and your plants ready to adjust your landscaping regimen? EarthWorks can help take the guesswork out of your commercial plant and lawn care during fall. Contact us or request a quote to find out how we can help.


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