Fall is in the air here in Washington and with it comes hoodie weather, colorful foliage, warm apple cider, and fall lawn care. For many Washington locals, this also means it’s time to get back outside and start planting. While both spring and summer offer ample opportunity to work in our yards and plant new seeds and bulbs, the heat and drought conditions can be stifling. Fall is often the best season for planting for a multitude of reasons, including:
Yard work in spring and summer can be exhausting in the excessively high temperatures and drought conditions. Fall, on the other hand, brings with it the cool, crisp air that makes manual labor that much easier. Your plants also love the autumn weather. Even with the cooler temperatures, the soil is still warm enough for anything you plant to take root and get firmly established before the ground freezes.
Prolonged winters in Washington often make our spring season extremely short. It can be difficult to find a solid stretch of warm weather after the ground has finally thawed enough to dig into to and start planting. Statistically, fall generally offers more good weather days than spring. This makes it the perfect time to work on gardens and beds.
Keeping your plants well watered during the summer’s drought conditions can prove challenging. Not so in the fall! With more moderate temperature, you’re not constantly battling a scorching sun when trying to hydrate your flowers, trees, and shrubs. Fall also offers a lot of spot showers. This means you’ll have an opportunity to let Mother Nature do your watering for you.
Let’s face it – no one loves weeding. Fortunately, many weed species go into dormancy in the fall, reducing their threat to everything growing in your yard. You’ll get to spend more time outside focused on more enjoyable gardening activities rather than spending hours on your hands and knees trying to pull out weeds.
Here in Washington, pests tend to go into full-throttle mode from late spring to late summer as the humidity increases. Once autumn rolls around, the colder weather drives the pest population into hibernation or exterminates them. You’ll be able to get outside in your yard to garden without a constant barrage of bugs and insect swarms.
Best of all, planting in the fall can help put more money in your wallet. Many home and garden stores have higher price points throughout the spring and summer due to the popularity of their products. However, when things slow down in the fall, many retailers lower their pricing and offer seasonal discounts for increased consumer value. This will definitely appeal to those looking to get out and do some fall lawn care!
Don’t neglect your Washington lawn this fall. Partner with Colonial Lawn and Garden for customized fall lawn care solutions that help your turf, beds, and gardens thrive all year long. Contact us today to hear more!