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Fall Landscaping DIY Checklist

Fall is the time to prep your landscaping for the growing season. Above ground growing slows, but this is prime time to develop strong roots.

  • Aerate the lawn- this helps nutrients reach the roots
    • LSU Tip- On small lawns a garden fork can do the job
  • Plant New Shrubs- this gives the plant a head start on establishing roots
  • Trim dead branches- dead branches become a danger in the snow and wind
  • Cut Back Perennials- Take out annuals
    • Be Sure to get rid of the snails and slugs that eat the annuals
  • Trim the foliage to the ground to stimulate the roots for next season
  • Mulch Plants- Do this after a light front, but before the ground freezes. This keeps plants warm and controls water runoff and erosion.

 

To get strong roots use products  provided by Landscape Supply of Utah.

Disappearing Water

Water is a disappearing resource. Now we need to rethink the way we live, plant and water.

Drainage is no longer just about getting rid of excess or unwanted water. Now its also about a way to reuse this water.

Using a basin to collect the water until you need it for landscape irrigation is a very popular green solution.

There is some planning that needs to happen before you start digging. You need to make sure there is no cross connection with the portable water supply. It’s not as easy as putting a pipe in the ground. Gravity needs to be considered.

Let us set up your drainage system or at least we can design a system that works for you.

Incorporating Decorative Rock in your Landscape

The decorative rock you choose sets the tone for the entire landscape. Some rocks add warmth, some brighten a shady area. It’s important to choose a rock that makes you happy.

Although rocks are more expensive than mulch, they do have several advantages as ground cover. Durability is number one. Mulch has to be replaced every season, while rocks can last a lifetime. The contrast in color with your plants adds beauty to your landscape.

A “rock garden” adds a unique look to your landscape. Add a boulder and low lying flowers to the garden, small stones can be used to fill gaps and compliment the boulder using large rocks as a border for your pond will give you the fairytale look.

Container gardens are very popular with the addition of decorative rocks you can create a low-maintenance and beautiful place for the containers to rest.

Make a stepping stone path, it’s picturesque for shady areas. It’s also a practical way to keeps your shoes clean. Surrounds the stepping stones with pebbles in a contrasting color.

We have all the supplies you need to add decorative rock to your landscaping!

Decorative Rock

Naturalizing Bulbs: A Perfect Addition to Yards

Naturalizing bulbs is a common tip given by expert gardeners. Green-thumb gardeners know the importance of planting bulbs in the fall months, when frequent rains and cooler temperatures allow bulbs to become established. Of the naturalizing plants, only spring-blooming bulbs are required to be planted in the fall.

When bulbs receive the proper care, they become naturalized, which means they will come back year-after-year. This makes bulbs a budget-friendly investment, meaning they will return every season. Many spring-blooming flowers naturalize, which means they naturally multiply on their own, increasing over the years. Some bulbs naturalize as perennials, while only increase for three to four years before subsiding and fading.

Some varieties of tulips and hyacinths are often treated as annuals, but this depends on the climate and planting areas. Naturalizing bulbs are defined as those that adapt so well to their surroundings they multiple annually. While some bulbs may naturalize, others may not due to a lack of diverse growing conditions. Soil, water and climate all play a significant role in whether bulbs will naturalize.

In order to let bulbs naturalize, the plant must be left completely undisturbed once it has bloomed, allowing it to naturally die back. Bulbs use this time to absorb food starches and recharge, storing energy for next year’s blooming cycles.

The following are several types of naturalizing bulbs to consider for yard plantings.

  • Ornamental Onion – These alliums are low growing and prefer full sun with well-drained Utah topsoil.
  • White Splendour – This anemone produces stunning white flowers with vibrant yellow centers. This spring-bloomer looks beautiful planted under trees.
  • Small Camas – This bulb loves damp, wet areas. With white or purplish-blue star-shaped flowers, these are stunning in meadows and lawns. This flower prefers moist Salt Lake City topsoil.
  • Pink Giant – Originating from Turkey, this bulb features stunning oversized pink flowers and creates a naturalized carpet of color in the early spring months. This bulb is excellent for landscaping rocks in Utah, especially for rock walls.
  • Ruby Giant – This springtime crocus easily accommodates to lawns and under trees. This hardy plant thrives in well-drained Utah topsoil and prefers partial to full sun.
  • Winter Aconite – This yellow flower is perfect for shrub borders, under trees and in lawns. Adding splashes of color to any winter garden, this yellow flower looks spectacular.
  • Snake’s Head Fritillary – These look stunning clumped in damp meadowlands. This hardy plant loves partial sun and moist soil.
  • Snowdrops – This hardy perennial features beautiful white pear-shaped flowers.

Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Drought tolerant landscaping is especially important in warm, arid regions of the U.S. Landscape Supply of Utah focuses on offering a wide supply of Utah landscaping rocks. Their experts are extremely knowledgeable about Utah landscaping supplies, including desert region landscaping tips.

For homeowners in hot climates, consider adding the following landscaping touches:

  • Cacti Wall – Offering a variety of landscaping rocks Utah, Landscape Supply of Utah offers helpful tips for creating a wall that feature living plants and cactus sculptures.
  • Rustic – Adding touches of rustic charm can add fine details to a yard that make it stunning. Consider placing old wagon wheels with California Poppies, Blanket Flowers, Eyebrow Grassse and Sweet Alyssum for a stunning, drought-tolerant display.
  • Curves – Curves add dimension to any yard, softening features and giving them a non-boxy look. Adding pathways that featured curved fountains adds a focal point to any yard.
  • Moats – Even for people who live in the dessert, no one said a moat was unheard of. Instead of depleting natural resources, consider adding a faux blue-rock stream that winds through the yard, perhaps incorporating into a low-flow water feature. This mosaic style adds a stunning touch of color, especially amid low drought landscaping. Adding touches of groundcover and mosses give this charming feature an especially sophisticated finished look.
  • Go Big – Using potted trees is especially great for adding dimension to patios and decks. Lady palms and red banana trees can easily be planted in extra large planters, adding playful tropical color and flair to any backyard.
  • Hardscapes – By definition, hardscapes don’t need to be concrete gray. Consider incorporating a cobalt blue fence or colorful wrought iron fencing to any yard to give it an instant pop of color.
  • African Styles – For people looking for drought-tolerance gardens, consider going with an African safari theme. This low-maintenance law features no grass and incorporates a variety of textures and drought-tolerant plants.
  • Soften Angles – Hardscapes can be … hard. Instead of having a yard full of jagged boulders, homeowners may want to consider adding red-hot pokers and Jerusalem sages to help fill in the areas between the boulders, which helps add a soft look to any yard.
  • Entryway – The front entryway is especially important for first impressions. By adding several decorative plants, people can instantly spruce up their homes’ curb appeals.
  • Color – By adding mosaic colors and bright, bold pops of patio furniture, homeowners can ensure their yards look colorful and cheery year-round.

Benches – Instead of incorporating wood benches into drought-tolerant lawns, consider incorporating large boulders, as these types of benches add instant warmth, while still staying with the low maintenance yard theme.

Utah Landscaping Rocks and Boulders

Decorative rocks and boulders add something special to any landscape design. In addition to aesthetics, they serve many functions.

Rocks can be especially helpful to minimalists who don’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining their yards, but they offer a plethora of possibilities for any landscaping project.

Functions

  • Utah landscaping rocks can  be used to create retaining walls, whether to offer structure to a slope  or surround a patio, or making garden terraces.
  • Rocks and flagstone can be  used to form steps and special pathways across your yard or through a   garden.
  • Rocks and boulders can  provide structure for a pond or waterfall feature.
  • Boulders and stone slabs can  make interesting “benches.”
  • Utah gravel rock can act as  mulch in a garden or be molded to make a pathway.

Aesthetics

  • Utah landscaping rocks, boulders, flagstones, pavers, and gravel can be used to break up monotony  in a landscape.
  • They help create focal  points, and aesthetic contrasts with softer elements like grass and  plants.
  • Rock gardens are a unique  example of pure rock aesthetic. Inspired by Zen rock gardens, you can use  rocks to create an area of quiet, calm, and meditation.
  • They add visual balance,  form, color, angles, geometry, and dimension to a space.

Landscape Supply of Utah offers a great selection of Utah landscaping supplies, from Utah mulch and Utah compost to decorative boulders and water features. We have a vast supply of rocks, gravel, flagstone, boulders, and pavers of different sizes, textures, shapes, and colors. Contact us for more options!