Fall is the best time to plan hardscape design in Kansas City. Spring may be a traditional planning time for your yard, but fall offers many advantages that may not be readily apparent. If you are planning landscaping or new hardscape features, here are five reasons to make it a fall project:
- You have a pool: If the hardscape around your pool needs repair work or you wish to add a hot tub or water feature, fall is the best time to address those projects. Pool work performed in spring or summer interferes with your chance to enjoy your pool. Fall is a time when temperatures are too low to enjoy a swim, but not so low that we cannot address your pool hardscape and features.
- Easier planting season: Spring is traditionally planting season, but there is no reason it cannot be done in fall as well. If you finish your hardscape now, you can also finish planting so you experience full blooms come spring. Also, intense summer heat can kill new flowers, and that concern goes away when you plant them during the less-intense temperatures. If you anticipate waiting until spring to add hardscape features, that removes the possibility of planting now, since everything will change and construction may kill your new plants. However, if you hardscape and plant now, you will enjoy full blooms and a new look for your yard.
- Masonry involves heavy work: There are few things more miserable than performing masonry tasks in the heat of summer. Also, dry ground makes leveling harder, which just adds to the hot weather drudgery. In fall, the soil holds in moisture, and that makes it more malleable for treatment. This plus the cooler temperatures for heavy labor makes the masonry element of hardscape design much more tolerable.
- You are installing lighting: Outdoor lighting turns your dark corners into a welcoming retreat. However, it is nearly impossible to choose the right type and color of lighting with the sun out. You are more likely to discover the right saturation in fall, when the days are shorter and the sun is less intense. Shorter days also mean less time to wait to see how the light illuminates at night. Your lighting is more likely to be appropriate for your yard and cast just the right amount of illumination if you install it in the fall.
- Improved layout: Even if you do not wish to plant in fall, there is no harm in preparing your yard for spring. It cuts the work your yard needs in half, and you will emerge from winter with new raised beds, patios and other features ready to be embellished with colored plants. If you have been considering that vegetable garden or other planting project, design the hardscape now so it is ready for you to pursue in spring.
Whether you wish for a simple patio or a full-on outdoor barbecue space, MSE Hardscape Design and Installation can find the right approach for your hardscape design in Kansas City. Call us today to start the design process and receive an estimate.