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You can get great deals in the fall.


Planting trees in the fall allows them to expend all of their energy on root development.


Trees and shrubs – Both take kindly to fall transplant-


ing, be sure to water them well until freezing to maximize root growth. Perennials – You don’t necessarily need to visit a green-


house, fall is a great time to divide and replant hostas, irises and other perennials. Peonies should always be planted in the fall. Lilies and ornamental grasses also do well with autumn planting as do ferns, which will welcome a cover- ing of freshly fallen leaves to help protect them from snow and ice. All of your newly transplanted additions should be


watered well until freezing, but be careful not to overwa- ter. Soaking the ground with approximately one inch of water, once per week, should be sufficient. While you are out in the garden, take a moment to assess


it for the following year. Ask yourself if you have enough fall colour? Do you want more plants to attract wildlife, birds or beneficial insects? Do you need more plants for shade or sun, wet or dry areas? This is the time to take note of how your garden performed, while it is fresh in your mind, and make plans to implement any changes needed for the next season. K


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