EXPOSED: 5 myths about fall landscaping

Many people think that landscaping and planting is best when done in the early spring. Here are 5 myths exposed about fall landscaping! Thankfully Shady Brook Farm’s experts at PLANT are here to help your planting and landscaping get done right!



Roots take time. Planting in the fall will give your plants time for their roots to develop and become established so that the spring will produce the vibrant shrubs and perennials you envisioned! Make sure you keep watering until it freezes so that your plants do not dry out or get winter burn.



Spring lawns depend on Fall maintenance. Fall weather is the best weather for seeding and aerating your lawn. As the ground temperature drops, the percentage of seeds that germinate also drop - so aeration helps loosen soil so that grass roots can have access to the air and water needed for growth.



Cool afternoons in the autumn weather are amazing! What is better than enjoying a cool afternoon with friends and family on the patio, deck, or around the firepit? It’s a great time to design and build your dream backyard.



More time could mean more damage, and more costly repairs. Fall is a great time to inspect sidewalks and patios for cracks, broken pavers, or to re-apply sand and fix any damages. If you wait, water and dirt may freeze over the winter in cracks, which causes the space to expand and cause greater damages.



Well, if we are honest, the cool temperatures are our favorite times to work! We love transforming backyards in the fall so you can enjoy the outdoors now, and start your backyard picnics as soon as Spring arrives!

Summer Nights...Design the Perfect Space

Now that summer is in full swing it’s time to enjoy late sunsets and spending time outdoors waiting on the fireflies to perform their nightly light show. Summer nights rekindle many beloved memories from our childhood, remind us of the mysteries of deep space, and give us that extra time to spend with those we love. Here are three tips to transform your outdoor space into the perfect place to enjoy summer nights:

Design for others

One of our favorite summer activities is hosting friends and family in our backyards. Keep others in mind as you design your space to ensure there is sufficient space for people to gather, as well as to break off from the big group. Special nooks, smartly placed large rocks, and inviting patios can serve to facilitate the fun memories or long-kept secrets!

Design for time

Summer nights in the backyard usually mean more time spent in the backyard. So think about the types of experiences you want to have. Should there be a fire pit to enjoy after the moon comes out or a patio to enjoy a glass of wine? Be intentional about where your seating areas are and the views of the landscape from those places.

Design for tomorrow

Transforming your outdoor space is as exciting for us as it is for you. So don’t just think about what you want now, think about tomorrow. And the year after that. Will it need to accommodate a graduation party, a retirement celebration, or a rehearsal dinner? Think about all the memories you will create, and don’t just design for ‘now’ and forget about ‘later.’

Let’s dream, design, and build together. Give us a call at 215-321-5678 and we’ll meet you at your place… or stop by and see us at Shady Brook Farm.

More Than Curb Appeal...

At SHADY BROOK FARM, we believe landscape design is about more than curb appeal.

With a well-crafted outdoor space, you can step outside your house and reconnect with your family, your neighbors, or yourself. But you don’t have to take our word for it, researchers Texas A&M University analyzed dozens of academic studies to see how landscaping affects our lives. Here are just a few of the benefits they discovered:


  1. Stronger Relationships - Multiple studies revealed that people who spend extended lengths of time outside and around plants tend to have better relationships with others. When we are outside, free from the distractions, we are able to connect with the people we care about.

  2. More Energy - It was also clear that, spending time in natural environments increases energy levels and feelings of vitality. The studies also revealed a large positive effect on overall mental health.

  3. Better Communities - Finally, the research showed that when one home is committed beautifying their landscaping, it sets off a cycle of self-improvement that has positive ripple effects outwards to all sectors of the community.

To talk to our designers about creating an outdoor space for your lifestyle call us at 215-321-5678 and schedule your free consultation.