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Fall is a great time to plant!


Why you need to start planting in the fall


By Tania Moffat


Wise gardeners and bargain hunters alike know that fall is one of the best times to plant and shop. Not only can you find plants on sale as greenhouses clear out their stock for the upcoming winter, but some may argue, that planting in the fall is actually better for your plants.


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s the seasons change and temperatures begin to drop, the soil remains warm, which is a benefit for newly transplanted trees, shrubs and perennials. The warm


soil, combined with the onset of dormancy, actually provide fall transplants with a better opportunity for developing a solid root system than their spring and summer counter- parts. Their roots will continue to grow until the soil freezes, giving these plants a head start in the spring. In the spring, new additions not only have to try to estab-


lish a root system in cool or cold soil, but must use up energy to grow and bloom. Additionally, plants coddled in the greenhouse can experience transplant shock when they are exposed to outdoor temperatures. While it’s best to harden off new plants to reduce this stress, if it is not done, or done


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