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Seasonal shopping tip... closeout on shrubs

submitted on September 8, 2011 by equipurple in "Sales / Promotions"
This applies right now in New England, and I imagine will move south and west as the weeks pass.

Many local nurseries, garden centers, and feed stores are closing out their inventory of shrubs in preparation for the winter. Some offer 50% or more discounts, some BOGO and other sales. Needless to say, anything they can get for them now is better than nothing, and that means they need not care for them (or worry about having them die) over the winter.
Look particularly at locations whose main business is not live plants. One local feed store is offering a free shrub with a $10 purchase. Without making extra trips or purchases, we have picked up two nice rhododendrons and two nice winterberry plants over the last few weeks.

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    Posted by siggy38 on September 8, 2011
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    I was told by a nursery that planting shrubs during the Fall months offers distinct advantages. During the winter months, the root systems of the shrubs can develop and become established. When Spring arrives, this expanded root system can support and take advantage of the full surge of spring growth.

    So you can take advantage of the savings, plus have a better chance for your plants to survive.
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      Posted by HouTex on September 8, 2011
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      I agree, we have done it several times for shrubs and trees with better success than planting in the spring.

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