It’s fall – can I still work on my landscape?

Northern Colorado has already received its first snowfall of the season, which can leave many of us wondering – is the window for working on our landscape over? The short answer: no! There’s plenty of things that you can do right now and throughout the winter to prepare your landscape for spring. We refer to these projects as ‘hardscape’.


The days are getting shorter, but sometimes the evenings are still warm enough to curl up in a blanket on the back patio. Extend the time you can spend outside this season with outdoor lighting. Light up walkways, water features, visual focal points such as statues or trees, and your patio. Lighting is a very easy way to get creative and add a ‘wow’ factor to your yard. Just think – it can be placed underwater, in the ground, overhead, or be strung through trees or along fences. Check out cool lighting ideas in our gallery!


The fall and wintertime are actually the perfect time to install your patio because it will be ready for use at the very start of next season, not wasting a single warm day! Patios come in all different forms, including concrete, sometimes decorative such as stamped, textured or stained. We often use various types of concrete pavers or brick, and our skilled craftsmen love to build custom patios from our many options of locally sourced flagstone. Low maintenance composite decking is also extremely popular in our area. Make your project interesting by using different textures and patterns. Browse our gallery of past patio, deck, and pergola projects here.


We find that more and more of our clients are looking for a level space to place their firepit and sit around the fire. These designs can range from elaborate, with outdoor kitchens and cooking spaces, to a simple paved area with benches for seating. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, give our designers at Alpine Gardens a call. We can look at your space and talk about a few options. Needing ideas? Browse our online gallery.


Just because their leaves are falling off does not mean you shouldn’t plant trees in the fall. You can certainly put trees in the ground, just be sure to water them throughout the winter and wrap them to protect them from the cold. Read more about fall planting on one of our recent blog posts.

The summer has ended, but that does not mean landscaping ends, too. If you have projects in mind for your yard, it’s a great time to bring them into fruition. Give our landscape designers a call at 970-226-2296. We service homes throughout northern Colorado in locations including (but not limited to) Fort Collins, Greeley, Berthoud, Windsor, and more! We can’t wait to help you design your dream outdoor sanctuary.