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Fall is the perfect time to get out and spruce up your landscape

Fall is a great time to spruce up a home’s landscape, and this year it might be an especially good time for property owners who are staying close to home because of the pandemic.

It also might be a good time for homeowners who’ve been thinking of moving, since new plantings can make a house more attractive to a prospective buyer.

Kathryn Tatterson of M&M Building Supply said that fall is a great time for planting “because you are putting plants in the ground as temperatures drop as opposed to the spring when they increase.” She said it’s an especially good time for establishing trees and shrubs because there’s less need to water if there’s no irrigation system.

“You don’t have to drag a long hose or watering can so often,” she said.

Pansies and chrysanthemums are the “top crops” at garden centers in the fall because they’re so popular, said Tatterson, but they have different needs. Mums bloom all at once, and when the blooms are spent they’re done for the year. In ...

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