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Fall Planting: Landscape Tips for Having a Beautiful Lawn Now and Later

If you want a beautiful lawn next spring, then fall planting is a must.


Because if you let your lawn lay dormant from September until February, then when spring rolls around your landscape will not be ready. Better yet, there are many trees, shrubs, and flowers that can be planted now and enjoyed even after summer has passed. So, why not enjoy your lawn for long as possible!

Fall Planting: What to Plant

If your goal is to add some spice and color to your fall landscape, then there are several options from which to choose. Here are a few to consider:

Flowers –

  • Amaranthus – With beautiful tassel-like flowers, this can be planted in full sun or partial shade. A perfect choice for a Georgia landscape!
  • Celosia – Also known as cockscomb, is a beautiful plant for fall and will bloom quite late into the season.
  • Pansies and Violas – The great thing about planting these is that you get 2 sets of blooms from them. Typically, they will bloom in the fall and then again in the spring. Definitely a win!
  • Kale, radishes, heirloom lettuces, spinach, and rainbow chard – while these plants might not be a part of the entertainment area of your landscape, they will look great in a raised bed. Better yet, they will provide you with fresh veggies for your table.
  • Ornamental peppers – Though not recommended for consumption (they’re super spicy!), these brightly colored plants are easy to care for and add a pop of color to your landscape.
  • Chrysanthemums – Is it really fall without having a pot or two mums? After all, their bold colors brighten any space. Pick some up and set the pits in bright, but indirectly lit areas of your yard.


  • Sugar maple
  • Gingko
  • Quaking Aspen
  • Chinese Dogwood
  • Tulip Tree
  • Sweet Gum
  • Japanese Maple


  • Camellia Sasanqua
  • Fothergilla
  • Oakleaf hydrangea
  • Rhododendron
  • Smoke Bush
  • Spirea

Fall Planting Tips

So now that you have some ideas for what to plant, there are some fall planting guidelines to keep in mind. After all, you want your landscape to look good now and later. Plan a weekend of beautifying your landscape and implement these actions.

  • Aerate the lawn and patch any bald spots with grass feed.
  • Divide bulbs. Use a garden fork to make the task easier and to not damage the roots. Divide them and replant them immediately.
  • Cover any container gardens or bring the containers inside – especially the more delicate ones!
  • Rather piling up those fallen leaves and hauling them away, put them to use. Gather them, then store them until spring when you can take them out and use them with an organic fertilizer.
  • If buying new plants, choose the healthiest ones there. Ideally, you want plants that have healthy foliage and no roots escaping the container. However, opt for smaller versus larger plants as they are more budget-friendly and easier to work with. Once planted, be sure to water them well.
  • Apply compost. This is the time to put those warm-weather plants to bed. A good layer of compost will protect them from winter’s temperature and have them ready for spring.
  • Spread mulch. About 2-3 inches is recommended for most plants. Be sure not to pile it against the trunks, crowns or stems of plants.

Fall planting is a great way to have a gorgeous landscape for more months of the year. Now is the time to get out those garden tools, visit the local nursery and spruce up your landscape. Not feeling it? Then contact the Outdoor Makeover & Construction team and learn how we can help. Call today.

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  • “Navid and his team have exceptional vision and incredible talent for design.
    Outdoor Makeover delivered a plan that is much better than the competitors from design to build. I ended up with an exceptional result that I totally love and enjoy daily. I am very proud to show off my special area in my yard and everyone loves hanging outside now; Navid asked questions to figure out my lifestyle. Furthermore, Navid discovered what I needed and wanted, of which I was unaware when we started the process.”

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  • “We contacted a number of landscapers before we found Outdoor Makeover. Navid and Omid worked hard on improving our front and backyard. They worked quickly and diligently and now we have a beautiful lawn and outdoor entertainment area. Their customer service was excellent. They called or emailed us a number of times just to make sure everything was right and we were satisfied. Great Job - Great Customer Service - Great People!”

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  • “Last June, my wife and I contacted Outdoor Makeover regarding replacing the “weeds” in our front lawn with sod, replacement of all shrubs in the front and back yards and the planting several new trees throughout our property. Once we confirmed the design plan, the Outdoor Makeover crew got started immediately. The job soon took on a life of its own and Navid and his crew were ready and willing to be flexible and get the job done. It is a pleasure to work with a professional that understands the meaning of good communication and customer service. The project came out perfect and we are very happy with our new lawn, shrubs and trees. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with Outdoor Makeover.”

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  • “While we had a general idea of some things we wanted done, Navid was able to envision a work product beyond that which we could have imagined. In addition to being very accessible, Navid was very customer focused and was intent throughout the project of ensuring that our expectations were met. We were amazed at his team’s ability to execute so quickly from “design” to final product. Expectations were more than exceeded, and we would certainly use Navid and Outdoor Makeover on future projects.”

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