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Essential Fall Landscaping Tasks for North Texas

Flowers in snow

Now is the time to winterize the landscaping on your property. North Texas is currently enjoying beautiful November weather. The cooler temperatures make this the perfect time of year to take care of some essential landscaping tasks.

You can keep your landscape looking fresh and attractive as plants and grasses begin to go dormant, by planting cold weather flowers like pansies, ornamental cabbage, and narcissus.

Trimming shrubs, removing dead branches from trees and deadheading roses are just a few of the fall landscaping tasks that will keep your property looking good throughout the winter.

Essential Fall Landscaping Tasks for North Texas

Plant trees and shrubs:This a good time of year to plant balled and burlapped trees and shrubs. Planting in the fall allows plenty of time for the tree to recover from transplanting and to establish roots before spring growth begins.

It is best to plant bare root plants like roses, and pecan and fruit trees in late winter, when they are completely dormant.

Plant bulbs: November and early December are the best times to plant bulbs, corms rhizome and tubers.

Lawn and turf care: St. Augustine, Zoysia, Bermuda and centipede grasses will go dormant in winter. Mow turf area to a shorter height and use a pre-emergent herbicide for your type of grass.

Preparation for spring perennials: Dig and divide overcrowded iris and daylily bulbs. Other spring perennials such as coneflowers, garden phlox, foxgloves, and coreopsis also can be divided. This should be done in early fall to allow time for their roots to become established before winter. Most plants should be divided every three to five years.

Prune your trees: Remove damaged or dead branches before trees lose all their leaves. See: Are Your Tree Ready for Winter?

Fertilize: It’s a good time for new annual and perennial plantings.

Kill weeds: Use a broadleaf weed killer (containing 2,4-d) to kill dandelions, clover, and other non-grassy winter weeds.

Prepare your sprinkler system for colder temperatures: Install a freeze sensor on your irrigation system so it will not operate once temperatures get near freezing.

Prepare beds for spring planting: Mulch beds to retain and regulate temperature. Be sure to apply a thick layer of mulch over dormant summer bulbs to protect them from the winter cold.

Do you need help preparing your landscaping for winter? Contact VMC Landscape and let us help you keep your property looking great all winter long.


photo by: M Glasgow