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Experience the Benefits of Fall Gardening

If you are looking for an excuse to enjoy time outdoors this fall, look no further than your garden. According to the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA), the new season provides numerous gardening opportunities and benefits for home gardeners.

Fall planting gives new plants a chance to establish a strong root system. Plants entering dormancy are not under pressure to produce top growth and blooms. Most perennials flower in the spring or early summer, but if planted during these seasons may not have adequate time to bloom. If you enjoy the fragrance and look of tulips, daffodils, and other spring blooming bulbs, fall is the perfect planting time.

Water requirements usually diminish with fall gardening. The cooler temperatures and less intense sunlight offer a more forgiving environment than the dry summer months. In addition, mulch and leaves are plentiful in the fall. Mulching garden beds increases moisture retention and reduces weeds. If drought conditions prevail in the fall, water until the ground freezes.

The cooler weather of fall is beneficial for new plant material, as well as being more comfortable for the home gardener. Spring and summer are labor-intensive seasons for home gardeners. Fall is more leisurely, allowing more time for new garden projects.

Visit your local garden center, to see plants that look their best in the fall season. Pansies, asters and mums are well-known choices for fall blooming, but don't overlook ornamental grasses or berry-producing shrubs. Trees and shrubs can provide drama to the winter landscape if planted in the fall. Consult the experts at your local independent nursery or garden center for plant recommendations.

Fall is for planting in your garden, but don't neglect your lawn! Early fall – mid-August to mid-September - is the optimal time to sow grass seed. Lawn fertilization and weed control may also be beneficial, depending on your yard. Consult the lawn care experts at your local garden center for information on grasses that grow best in your area.

In addition to valuable advice from plant and landscaping experts, Minnesota's garden centers offer a wide array of tree species, including native varieties and many other types developed to be hardy in northern climates. To locate a garden center near you, an interactive “Locate an Expert” feature is available online at www.GardenMinnesota.com .

To find a garden center or landscape professional in your area, visit Minnesota's on-line gardening resource, GardenMinnesota.com.

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the state's largest green industry trade association with more than 1,500 member businesses including garden centers; landscape contractors and designers; tree and flower growers; irrigation contractors; and lawn, tree, and garden services.

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