Column: Fall can be a good time for projects


How late in the year can outdoor living spaces be installed? Is it too late?

The weather plays a critical role, but we are often installing patios into mid-December. Generally, we will stop planting perennials and grasses in early November and will plant trees and shrubs until the ground freezes in early December.

Are there any advantages to installing patios and landscapes now instead of spring? Can’t imagine that we will use it much over the winter.

Fall is a much happier time for landscapes to be installed. The watering responsibility is considerably easier than when planted in the spring, and fall-planted items are healed in much more confidently to handle the usual summer droughts. As you can imagine, spring is often a frenzy, so the attention clients receive is often heightened in the fall. Or, at least get the project scheduled now for very early spring.

Any price benefits to fall installations?

Yes. Most of our suppliers, growers and vendors pass on their usual price increases very early spring.

Do you have clients that use their fire features and grill stations in the winter?

Absolutely. Most get a thrill out of it! With our moderate winters of late, it’s easy to imagine grilling or hanging by the fire feature on many sunny days or 30-degree evenings!

Thrill us with the featured project details!

This beauty was immediately livable (had the same conversation earlier today). Most take a few years to “feel” warm and mature. Material selection helps, as does the plant pallet and a pergola or grill station. I really appreciate the limestone caps and rock-face steps as well as the modern/linear feel to the space.

Thinking about an outdoor living space yet this year?


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