Fall Landscaping Tips for Scottsdale Homes

Fall Landscaping Tips for Scottsdale Homes

  • 09/5/23

Scottsdale's luxurious homes are known for their stunning architecture and equally impressive landscapes. As the fall season approaches, it's the perfect time to give your outdoor space a fresh look. Whether you're prepping your home for sale or simply want to enjoy the beauty of the season, these landscaping tips will elevate the curb appeal of your Scottsdale residence.

Fall Landscaping Tips for Scottsdale Homes

In this guide, you'll uncover expert landscaping tips tailored for Scottsdale's unique climate and aesthetic. From choosing the right plants to maintenance hacks, we've got you covered.

  • Selecting fall-friendly plants
  • Lawn care essentials
  • Incorporating seasonal décor
  • Watering in the cooler months
  • Hardscaping for fall

Here’s a closer look at each.

Selecting Fall-Friendly Plants

In the heart of Scottsdale's desert environment, choosing the right plants for the fall season is crucial. The drop in temperature combined with the area's natural aridity means plants need to be both cold-resistant and drought-tolerant.

Succulents like agave and aloe are perfect choices. Not only do they store water in their leaves, making them highly drought-resistant, but they also add a unique texture and aesthetic appeal to gardens. Their thick, fleshy leaves and intricate patterns can serve as focal points in any landscape.

Ornamental grasses are another excellent choice. Deer grass, with its tall, slender appearance, can sway gracefully with the breeze, adding movement to your garden. Blue grama, on the other hand, is known for its blue-green hue and can introduce a touch of fall color as it turns golden brown in cooler temperatures.

Lawn Care Essentials

Scottsdale's emphasis on water conservation often means homes have limited lawn areas. However, if you're among those who cherish a patch of green, fall maintenance is vital.

Aerating your lawn involves puncturing the soil with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply, producing a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

Overseeding is the process of planting grass seeds directly into existing turf, without tearing up the turf or the soil. It's an easy way to fill in bare spots, improve the density of turf, establish improved grass varieties, and enhance your lawn's color. Doing this in the fall ensures that by spring, your lawn is lush and thick.

Incorporating Seasonal Décor

Fall is synonymous with a palette of warm colors and a harvest theme. To capture this essence:

Elegant planters can be filled with plants that showcase autumnal hues, such as chrysanthemums or ornamental peppers. These can be strategically placed at your home's entrance or along walkways.

Pumpkins and gourds are quintessential fall décor items. Opt for a mix of sizes and colors, but avoid overcrowding. The key is to strike a balance that exudes elegance and sophistication, rather than a Halloween-themed display.

Watering in the Cooler Months

Fall in Scottsdale, while cooler, is still dry. Plants and lawns require consistent hydration, but there's a fine line between adequate watering and overwatering.

Overwatering can suffocate plant roots and lead to root rot, a condition where the roots decay due to excess moisture. To combat this, it's advisable to water deeply but less frequently.

A smart irrigation system can be a worthy investment. These systems can detect soil moisture levels and adjust watering schedules based on weather conditions, ensuring plants get just the right amount of water they need.

Hardscaping for Fall

Hardscaping refers to the inanimate elements of landscaping, such as patios, walkways, and fire pits. These elements, made of stone, brick, or concrete, can become central gathering points in the fall.

Ensure that these areas are free from debris and in good condition. Repair any cracks or damages before they worsen due to potential fall rains or temperature fluctuations.

Adding a cozy outdoor seating area can transform your backyard into a fall oasis. Think plush cushions in autumnal colors, soft blankets, and maybe even an outdoor heater or fire pit. This setup not only provides a comfortable space to relax but also extends the time you can spend outdoors as temperatures drop.

FAQ About Fall Landscaping 

Here are some frequently asked questions about fall landscaping in Scottsdale. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for here, please call our office. We’re here to help.

How Often Should I Water My Plants in Fall?

In Scottsdale, the desert climate presents unique challenges for plant care, especially when it comes to watering. As temperatures drop in the fall, plants tend to lose water at a slower rate than in the scorching summer months. This means they don't need to be watered as often. However, when you do water, it's crucial to ensure that the water reaches deep into the soil. This encourages plant roots to grow deeper, making them more resilient and better equipped to access water reserves. While aiming for a once-a-week watering schedule is a good starting point, always be attentive to rainfall. If there's significant rain, you can skip a watering session. Using a soil moisture meter can also help you gauge when it's time to water.

Can I Plant Trees in the Fall?

Planting trees in the fall offers several advantages. The soil is still warm from the summer, which encourages root growth. By establishing roots in the fall, trees are better prepared to face the heat of the upcoming summer. Additionally, the cooler air reduces the stress on the newly planted tree, allowing it to focus its energy on root development rather than foliage. This gives the tree a head start and can lead to a more robust and resilient tree when the hotter months roll around.

What's the Best Way to Prepare My Garden for Winter?

Mulching is a gardener's best friend when it comes to winter preparation. Mulch, which can be made from organic materials like wood chips, straw, or leaves, acts as a protective blanket for your garden. It retains soil moisture, ensuring that plants have a consistent water supply. Mulch also suppresses weed growth by blocking sunlight, preventing weed seeds from germinating. Additionally, it acts as an insulator, regulating soil temperature. This means that during cold nights, the soil doesn't get as cold, and during sunny days, it doesn't heat up as much, providing a stable environment for plant roots.

Are There Specific Fall Fertilizers I Should Use?

As plants prepare for the dormant winter months, they benefit from a change in nutrient intake. Potassium, one of the three primary nutrients in fertilizers (the other two being nitrogen and phosphorus), plays a crucial role in overall plant health. It strengthens plant cell walls, making plants more resistant to diseases and frost damage. A fertilizer high in potassium ensures that plants and grass are robust and ready to face the challenges of winter. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying fertilizer to avoid over-fertilization.

How Can I Protect My Plants from Frost?

While frost events are rare in Scottsdale, they can happen, and when they do, they can damage or even kill delicate plants. Frost cloths, which are lightweight fabric coverings, are designed to protect plants from frost damage. They work by trapping the heat that radiates from the soil, creating a warmer microenvironment for the plant. It's essential to ensure that the cloth drapes down to the ground and is secured in place. This ensures maximum heat retention. On nights when frost is predicted, simply drape the cloth over sensitive plants, and remove it once the temperature rises the next day.

Are You Buying or Selling a Home in Scottsdale?

If you’re selling a luxury home in Scottsdale, we can help. You can use our home value calculator to get a ballpark idea on what your home may be worth – and you can call us at 602-694-3200 to talk to a REALTOR® about how we can market your home to all the right buyers.

If you're also looking for a new home, we’ll be happy to show you the homes that interest you most. While you’re here, explore all our Scottsdale real estate listings or look in specific communities:

Don Matheson
REALTOR® | Founder
The Matheson Team
RE/MAX Fine Properties
21020 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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