Beauty, Safety, Privacy: The Case for Fencing

An attractive landscape extends beyond plants, trees, and shrubs. It also consists of the materials used to accent and secure the home’s property.  These items can include lighting, hardscapes, and, commonly, fencing. A new or updated fence is an easy way to renovate the home’s exterior. Professional fence installation also offers numerous benefits with a variety of types and styles to suit any homeowner’s taste and budget.

Benefits

From the functional to the aesthetic, fencing provides a variety of benefits. By installing a fence, the homeowner can clearly define their property line while increasing home value through curb appeal. The fence acts as a frame accenting the home and landscape in an attractive way. The fence also creates increased security by deterring unwanted visitors and by keeping pets and children safely within the yard. In addition to security, a professionally installed fence offers privacy and sanctuary while working or playing outside. Since fencing is available in an assortment of styles, homeowners have the flexibility to choose a look that best meets their individual needs and preferences.

Styles

There are a multitude of fence styles available. When selecting a style, homeowners should consider both their needs and wants, such as: overall look and feel of the home/landscape, and desired levels of privacy and security. Fencing is made from a variety of durable materials that includes wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Below are some of the most common styles installed today:

Privacy: Available in full and partial options, privacy fences are the perfect choice to create that isolated oasis. Privacy fencing is available in both wood and vinyl with wooden, vinyl, or aluminum posts. These fences can be as traditional or decorative as the homeowners likes, with lattice panels and gates, and post caps available.

Picket: An all-American classic available in wood or vinyl. The traditional picket fence is marked by wide set posts with a thinner top rail and wider bottom one. The top is often scalloped with attractive post caps creating that iconic look. Try post and rail fencing for a contemporary twist on this classic look.

Ornamental: Most ornamental fencing is created with metal or aluminum posts and poles. The metal fence posts are wide spread and can feature elaborate and intricate design work. This elegant option is long-lasting due to the durable materials used to create it.

Chain: Chain link fencing is a budget-friendly and practical option. The metal chain links are durable and highly effective at keeping pets and people in the yard. High-end chain link is also vinyl coated to increase the fence’s longevity.

Now is the perfect time to schedule a fence installation with Country Club Landscaping. Since plants and grasses are dormant during the cooler months, they are less likely to be disturbed while the fence is built. This means a fall fence installation will allow you to enjoy spring in your yard while protecting your landscape during the installation process. Accent and secure your property with a fence by Country Club Landscaping.  Let’s create your oasis, together, today!

Fall is for Planting

It may seem counterintuitive, with its cool rains and falling temperatures, but fall is the perfect time to plant. It may feel cooler to us, but the ground remains warm and soft enough to safely welcome a variety of plants. Get ahead of the spring frenzy by starting planting projects when the leaves turn and begin to, well, fall.

 

Benefits of Fall Planting

The benefits of fall planting are numerous. The air temperatures may have dropped, but with ground temperatures starting in the 50’s, new plants can create strong root systems with access to vital growth nutrients. Even established plants entering hibernation take advantage of the fall to strengthen roots in preparation for spring growth. Then cooler temperatures also decrease transplant stress when moving plants from containers into the ground, increasing the probability of the plant’s root system taking hold. Typical fall weather also provides more days to plant than the spring with its unpredictable weather and rain showers. The showers that do occur offer a free watering source, saving you time and money. Plus, it is easy to water (if rain is less than an inch per week) because plants need less due to reduced photosynthesis stemming from fall’s shorter days and cooler temperatures.

 

Fall planting further saves money with the reduced need for fertilization and disease management. Since the upcoming winter weather will halt any above ground growth, additional fertilization is not needed after late summer. The cooler weather also decreases the risk of costly diseases from pests that can easily damage immature plants and new growth. Additionally, in the fall many nurseries and garden centers discount plants and seeds allowing landscaping budgets to go further.

 

What to Plant

Although not all plants are suited for fall planting, for example warm weather annuals and acid loving plants do much better in warmer seasons, there are a wide variety of plants that are ideal. These plants include:

 Turf Grasses: Fall is the perfect time for cool weather grasses. Grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass, Fescue, and Ryegrass experience huge growth spurts in the fall and spring before periods of dormancy in the winter and summer. (Note: these grasses are the exception to the fertilization rule and do benefit from early and late fall fertilization)

Perennials: Planting perennials, such as: Pansies, Daylilies, and Peonies, allows time for strong root systems to grow before winter dormancy and become established before spring’s intense and unpredictable storms.

Trees and Shrubs: Trees and shrubs fair far better when planted in the fall. Transplant shock is minimized by cooler temperatures and allows for increased establishment before the extreme temperatures of winter and summer.

Bulbs: Daffodils, Hyacinth, Tulips and other bulbs are the perfect choice for fall planting. Since these plants need a period of cold dormancy to bloom, fall planting ensures brilliant blooms in the spring.

 

Fall is the perfect time to plant. However, there is about an 8-week window best suited for root development and growth. Country Club Landscaping is the local expert at maximizing this time frame to prepare beautiful beds for spring. In addition to advising on location, overall design, and plant selection, we can install and maintain your new or updated landscape design. Choose Country Club Landscaping for your fall plating projects and enhance the beauty of your landscape naturally.