Now that cooler temperatures have moved in, this can be a wonderful time of year to spend more time outside with your friends and family while enjoying your landscape.

November continues the ideal time for a fall color change of flowers, to add new plantings, or to do a landscaping project. Fall landscape projects offer the benefit of plenty of time outdoors to enjoy the upgrade, with the region’s mild fall, winter and spring.

November is also one of the best times for plantings in general – trees, shrubs and general plants that are planted in the fall will have ample time to establish themselves before the summer months.

Here is a to-do list for landscaping and gardening in the Dallas/North Texas region to keep your lawn and landscape beautiful.

Planting: November is a great time to establish your fall colors. We generally recommend planting pansies and ornamental kale for heartiness and beautiful fall colors.

Watering: With more rain that we’ve had this fall, you may need to reduce the frequency of watering, or even turn off your irrigation system for the winter.

If you need to check, repair or upgrade your irrigations system, please call us. We have licensed irrigators and trained technicians to keep your landscape healthy and flourishing.

Mulching: Check to make sure you have 3-4 inches of quality mulch in your beds and around all shrubs and young trees. Mulch offers several advantages for your plants. In addition to benefits in the summer time, it also can help with freeze protection for your fall plantings

Lawn Mowing: With cooler temperatures, your turf will start growing at a slower rate. Keep it mowed to its regular height during the fall and winter.

Fertilizer & Weed Control: If you are planting pansies or other annual for fall color, it is best to use a high nitrogen fertilizer a few times the first week after planting to get them off to a good start.

Pruning: While you should avoid any major pruning until the dormant winter months, continue to prune out dead or broken branches from your woody, ornamental trees and shrubs.

Continue to prune or cut back spent flowers on annuals and perennials to encourage fall blooms. Also, remove any spent summer plantings.

Landscaping Projects: Most landscaping projects can continue to be installed throughout the fall and winter months. Fall is often the very best time for new plantings, especially trees.

With our mild winters, you may also consider hardscaping projects like patios, stone borders and outdoor kitchens to beautify their outdoor spaces. You may wish to consider some current trends in landscaping and design, such as creating a more natural and sustainable environment, using native plantings, attracting and sustaining birds and bees, and reducing water and irrigation requirements.

As with fall plantings, we get very busy during the fall installing landscaping projects for our customers. If you are planning a project for the fall, it’s not to soon to call us so that we can help you plan your project and get it scheduled to meet your needs.

We’re Here to Help: If you need any assistance, we are here to help. High Quality Landscape Services has been creating beautiful landscapes and providing exceptional service to Dallas residential and commercial customers for 45 years. If you need landscaping services, maintenance, irrigation or chemical control, let us put our experience to work for you to create a beautiful landscape.