The day has finally come!
The central air has been turned off and we are sleeping with the windows open. Fall is finally here! To me, fall means Football, BIG landscaping projects and PLANT SALES!!
I spent the day shopping for plants yesterday and thought it would be a great time to give my readers a few tips on plant shopping in the fall.
Fall is an ideal time to plant. The heat is gone, the days are shorter and the soil temperature is just right. Besides the biological reasons, NURSERIES are in full scale LIQUIDATION MODE!!!
The last thing that nurseries want to do is have to store and care for plants over the winter. They want to sell their inventory and they want it gone NOW!!! Here are a few key tips when shopping and buying plants this time of year.
-Whenever possible, deal with the owner of the nursery. Employees don’t always understand the urgency of liquidating inventory and are far less likely to make deals.
-Pay CASH! (for obvious reason)
-Bring a truck or have means to take the plants(s) home with you on the spot.
-Shop in gangs. Find a few friends who are also looking to buy. There is strength in numbers and your bargaining power will be greatly increased.
-Be wary of buying sickly plants! Most of the plants in nurseries this time of year have been there for quite some time and may look stressed. Trees may have lost or are losing the majority of their leaves. This is completely fine for a plant that has been sitting on concrete for as many as six months. Do not buy trees with dead limbs or a lot of dead on the tips. Bring your pruning shears and don’t be afraid to snip if you have any doubts.
-Put your plants in the ground as soon as you get them home. I see it all the time when I am bike riding or on a Sunday drive. Homeowners buy plants, place them in the perfect spot then either forget to do the planting or run out of time. The little guy never had a chance.
-Mix Peat Moss, Compost, Sand and Plant Fertilizer in with the soil when planting. Dig the hole twice as wide and 1 1/2 times as deep.
Hope all is well with your family and your landscape and remember to call me when you need me. Lundholm Landscaping specializes in all phases of landscape design and maintenance. Areas of expertise include Pavers, hardscaping, stone work, walkways, driveways, patios, pool areas, outdoor kitchens living rooms and fireplaces, vegetable gardens, irrigation design and installation, planting, soil testing and analysis, mosquito control, pergolas, trellis’, vinyl, wood and wrought iron fencing… If it has to do with enjoying the outside of your property, we can help.
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