Add Value to Your Northern Virginia Home with Fall Planting

Fall has come quickly to Northern Virginia. No where was that more evident this weekend than in the number of folks out working in their yards.

This is a great time to take an objective look at your plantings and make necessary updates to the landscape.

Fall flowers can be a relatively small investment that can provide big impact. Mums in Northern VirginiaChrysanthemums do really well in our climate and can even be perennials in the right location.

I often plant Pansies late in the fall; they provide color in the fall and early winter. Over the winter they freeze and then bounce back under the early Spring sun to provide some color early in the season.

It is also a great time to plant trees. If you have been thinking of filling in some gaps in your screening or just putting in some new trees, Fall is the perfect time to do this planting. Here is some information about how to plant your tree for the greatest chance of success: Plant a Tree: Fall is the time to put down roots.

This is also a good time to trim existing foliage. Make sure that your trees are not constantly touching your house and making it difficult for moisture to escape (which can cause moisture problems on your brick, siding or trim). It is also a good time to thin out your trees so that they will not be so top-heavy when the inevitable winter snows come. Of course, if you have Bradford Pear trees, this is a good time to consider having them taken down and replaced with a longer-living tree.

Lawns can also use some TLC right now. Weeding, aerating, de-thatching, over-seeding and fertilizing can all contribute to your healthy lawn next Spring. Follow these Fall Lawn Care Tips.

Whether you plan to sell your home in the Spring, or if you just want to maintain and enhance your yard for personal enjoyment, now is the time to plan and execute for a spectacular Spring Landscape!



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Comment balloon 3 commentsHolly Weatherwax • September 19 2011 09:08AM


Great advice for our area.   A little freshening up goes a long way and often those pansies live all winter.

Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Since our yards are the "welcome mat" to homes for sale, this information is a must read for anyone considering placing their home on the market.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

Fall has come quickly here too.  I have not put out mums quite yet.  I like them to last a little later into fall but I think it is on the agenda for the coming weekend.  I like the idea about the pansies though I'm not sure they would survive a New England winter like they would a Virginia winter.

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - almost 9 years ago

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