End of Summer Landscaping Guide

Close up of hand holding garden tool pruning branch

End of Summer Landscaping Guide

The kids are back in school, and the Coffee shops are selling pumpkin spice lattes: Summer is drawing to a close. But what does that mean for your landscaping? The end of summer is a time year that requires unique landscaping techniques. What are some of the things that need attention, and what should you make sure to do before the leaves start falling? In this blog, we’ll discuss some things to keep in mind as the summer ends regarding your landscaping. Consider this your end of summer landscaping guide!


In Louisville, Southern Indiana, and surrounding areas, the end of Summer (August and September) is very humid. As a result, this is when weeds, pests, and other unwanted elements of your garden tend to be at their most prolific. Early in the year, in Spring, you are likely focused on planting flowers, wondering how beautiful you can make your garden look. However, in late summer, you should shift attention to the removal of unwanted elements in the garden that can cause damage over time. Getting rid of the weeds now will prevent them from germinating, and when next summer rolls around, you won’t have to worry about them as much!

What to Plant?

Goldenrod flowers in sunlight

You might be wondering if there are certain plants that are better to plant near the end of summer. The end of summer is a wonderful time of year to plant perennials, as they are flowers that can last for many seasons. Some examples include chrysanthemum, helenium, and goldenrod, but there a plenty more to choose from. These perennials will add fitting colors and textures that are sure to emphasize your garden’s beauty during this gorgeous time of year. Another great thing to do is add a layer of mulch if your garden has it already, to aid in water retention.


Close up of hand holding gardening tool pruning branch, example of end of summer landscaping

Pruning is the process of removing dead flowers and branches from plants. This is done so they can regrow and more of them can bloom later on. This will improve the aesthetics of your garden and its health overall. One of the best times to do this is in the late summer or early fall after most of the plants have finished blooming. This will allow you to make the most of your garden for the late summer and early fall season and give you a jump start on having an even more beautiful garden next year.

What about Hardscaping?

Hardscaping is the aspect of landscaping most impervious to seasonal changes. Flowers, grass, and trees will come and go over time. But the solid, manmade elements of your landscaping project will remain. Many visible hardscape elements will be present even in the coldest months during winter. This begs the question “should I invest in hardscaping right now?” Right now is a great time to get some last minute summer hardscaping done. Why? Because hardscaping will keep your front yard looking beautiful regardless of the weather.

A walkway or leveling job in your front yard is a great way to beautify the outside of your home that doesn’t depend on the season. A firepit in you yard will give you a wonderful place to relax and unwind on cool fall evenings. Even during grey winter days, you can have a beautiful landscape oasis in your front yard. This is also a good time to do things like fix fences and paint decks. That way they will be ready for all to see next summer, when your landscaping and hardscaping can flourish even more.

Paved walkway in sunset with trees and fence in background

Leave your End of Summer Landscaping to Us

Overall, at Walnut Ridge, we hate to see the summer go because it is when both our business and your yard flourish. However, that is not to say that there are no unique landscaping and hardscaping opportunities for residential or commercial property this time of year. Regardless, we are here to see your landscaping projects through all year. Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you end the summer with beautiful landscaping.