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Heather's Helpful Hint

Fall is an Ideal Time to Plant!
October 14, 2010

Fall is the ideal time to plant all kinds of things including perennials, shade and flowering trees, deciduous shrubs, and evergreen trees and shrubs. Yet more often than not, when it comes to planting many homeowners think only of spring. Changing that strategy will give you a huge jumpstart on next spring and summer.

In the fall warm soil encourages root growth so when spring arrives that growth will continue at a faster rate, while the same plant planted in spring gets a slower start. Then when summer arrives the product planted in fall is much better equipped to deal with the stresses of heat and drought.

Successful fall planting will be enhanced if you do a few things in addition to proper planting. Do not rely totally on rainfall to give your plants adequate water. If we are not getting regular rain (at least one inch per week), be sure to water until the ground freezes. Mulch heavily to protect the root system throughout the winter. When planting broadleaf evergreens such as boxwood and holly, spray in late October or early November with an anti-desiccant such as WiltPruf to reduce the possibility of winter burn.

Many plants are still arriving ready for fall planting so come in to Waterloo Gardens. We are excited to get you started now for a beautiful spring in 2011!

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