October 24, 2023

Fall & Winter Landscaping Ideas for the Atlanta Area

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Don’t let the dormant front yards of Georgia fool you! Even though many types of grass used in and around Atlanta go dormant when it starts to get cold, it doesn’t mean you can’t work on your outdoor living space! If you’re looking for some fall and winter landscaping ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

1. WINTER IS THE BEST TIME TO PLANT

Many people think that winter is a terrible time to plant due to the cold weather, but this is simply not true. In fact, there are actually several advantages to planting in the winter:

Outside Landscape Gardener Planting Winter Shrubs.
  • Foliage growth comes to a halt and plants go dormant. However, roots continue to grow and plants get acclimated to the cooler temperatures.
  • With less heat, watering requirements go down, and you can rely on Mother Nature to water your plants for you.
  • When Spring rolls around, plants will tend to flourish with foliage and flowers since the root system has already been established months earlier.
  • Since many people plant in the Spring, there is a great choice of quality plants in stock at local nurseries for Fall and Winter planting.

As you can see, colder months are actually a great time to plant in Georgia and around the North Atlanta region.

2. LANDSCAPING LIGHTING FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING AND LONGER EVENING HOURS

When it’s light outside for 14+ hours each day during the Summer months, many people don’t really think about landscape lighting. However, in the late Fall and Winter when it starts to get dark earlier and the holidays are just around the corner, adding landscape lighting becomes essential.

During the Winter (holiday) months, you may have family and friends over for holiday parties and want to ensure their safety around your home. Ensuring that your yard is equipped with lighted pathways is a great way to ensure your friends and family are safe from accidents while on your property.

In addition, burglaries tend to increase during the Holiday season, so it is important that your home is well-lit on the outside to deter any unsavory characters from picking your home as an easy target.

3. INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR FIREPLACE OR FIRE PIT

Bring on the heat! Just because temperatures dip below freezing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an outdoor party. Particularly in the south, being outside year-round is possible, especially when your living space is set up to include an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

4. PLANNING YOUR SWIMMING POOL OR SPA IN ADVANCE

If you are looking forward to adding a swimming pool, spa, or water feature to enjoy in the Spring or Summer, this is the perfect time to start planning. When people decide they want a pool in March or April, they are often surprised to hear that the best pool builders are already scheduled out through the Summer.

Designing and building the perfect pool that is well-suited to your yard is a process that takes time and careful planning. Starting with a Landscape Architect who can walk you through the planning process, and sometimes help connect you with a pool company, is an excellent way to kick off the process in the Fall or Winter to be ready for your Summer party plans!

Landscape Architect Rendering For Pool Design In Sandy Springs Ga By Outside Landscape Company

5. CREATING A GAME PLAN FOR YOUR SPRING LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION

The design phase for a yard landscape or re-landscape project can be time-consuming. You want to make sure that no detail is overlooked, and no stone is left unturned. Taking advantage of this time of year to plan for your spring blooms is an excellent idea!

7. CUSTOM CARPENTRY (BUILDING A DECK, POOL HOUSE, ETC.)

Living in the South, you are fortunate to be able to undertake outdoor building projects any time of the year. This is why, getting some of the big jobs means you are ready to start using your new deck, stone patio, outdoor kitchen area, and more, as soon as the weather warms up.

Start looking at magazines and websites to gather your ideas for your custom patios and carpentry projects now.  

So, yes, there is plenty to do for your outdoor living space now! We hope this helps get your creativity going to have your yard looking its best next Spring!

Written by Outside Landscape Group, Branches in Atlanta (and cities north) and Lake Martin, Alabama.

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