Should I Prune in the Fall? Bay Area Landscape Designers Tips

Fall is a great time of year as temperatures cool and foliage changes color. Fall is prime time for important landscape maintenance in preparation for the winter months and planting of new fruit and shade trees. And, if a new look for your landscaping is on your wish list, this is a great time for expert Bay Area landscape designers to work their magic for you.

Landscape Contractors Bay Area Fall Yard Preparation Tips

Fall is the right time to accomplish these important activities:

  • Prevent rain damage to your home by inspecting your roof and foundation for any possible penetrations and leaks.
  • Clean the gutters and downspouts to prevent rainwater from backing up underneath the roofing material and to prevent dry leaves and materials from creating a fire hazard.
  • Get your yard and garden in shape with appropriate cleanup activities. That means raking up leaves, pulling-up weeds, fertilizing, pruning, and winterizing the garden and flower beds. If you have a synthetic grass lawn, there is no need to mow (of course), but it is a good idea to sweep, softly rake, or blow debris periodically.
  • Plant new trees and shrubs to beautify the grounds for the next growing season.

Should I Prune in the Fall?

The answer is that it depends on the plant. Annual plants last only one growing season and when they die with the first cold weather, they can be pulled out and composted or placed in the trash. Some ornamental grasses and perennials can be left to decorate the winter garden. These perennials should be cut back in the fall:

  • Bellflowers
  • Daylilies
  • Salvia
  • Coneflowers
  • Catmint
  • Hosta
  • Iris
  • Peonies
  • Hydrangeas

Whenever there is a question, consult your expert landscape contractors Bay Area for advice.

It is important to walk around the property to examine the structure and health of trees, shrubs, and vines. Look for limp and broken branches, cracking bark, rubbing branches, overly thick foliage, and excessive deadwood.  Remove diseased growth, dead tree branches, and damaged branches. Always plan ahead and think before you cut. Work in small sections. Be sure any falling branches don’t damage anything below them. Limit pruning to less than 30% of the plant.

Landscaping Design Tips

Fall is a great time to plan a great beautification project and expert Bay Area landscape designers can make sure it is done right. Consider these ideas (among many:) an incredible backyard firepit, patio, pergola, outdoor kitchen, walkway, or new low-maintenance synthetic lawn, provided by synthetic grass lawns companies in the Bay Area.

Seek Professional Bay Area Landscape Designers

Contact Viking Pavers, based in Point Richmond and serving the entire Bay Area. Viking offers professional landscape design services to fit your budget, along with the professional installation of driveways, patios, walkways, pool decks, walls, steps, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens. We also install synthetic turf for lawns, playgrounds, pets, and putting greens. We offer an unmatched combination of quality, service, and affordability.