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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Fall Tree Planting

Posted by John Fulton -

Fall isn't a bad time to plant trees; however, the rule is "the earlier – the better." Many sales occur in the fall, and it is a good time to buy. Planting at the earliest possible time will allow for roots to recover from injury in the case of dug trees, or to grow in the case of container stock. Where soil amendments and fertilizer are needed, it is best to add and incorporate before planting. Mulching will also help retain moisture, and even out soil temperatures. Use two to four inches of a good quality mulch. With the dry weather, it is also a good idea to give all your perennials a good watering before soils become frozen.

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