Here is your 
Hidden Ponds Nursery 
September 2015 
Newsletter
Fall Is In The Air?!

According to the calendar it will be fall later this month. In this issue we have our September workshop information, an article discussing the pros and cons of planting in the fall, as well as other exciting things happening at Hidden Ponds.
September Workshop

Our September workshop will be Saturday the 26th at 10 am. The topic this month will be on pollinators. We will discuss the importance of pollination for the survival of mankind, what kind of plants and flowers to plant and how to protect our pollinating friends from pesticides.  
Have you been on our website lately?!
We are consistently trying to improve and send out information. Our website has been slowly changing and evolving to provide you with all kinds of things to help you in your yard and garden. One of the things you may have missed is our Plant Of The Week. Every Friday we pick a different plant and give you some tips on its care, growth habits, uses, and any other interesting information we have on it. Please check it out, you may discover a whole new love affair for a plant you never even knew existed.
Also new on the website is our Plant Community Happenings. This page will have a list of different events pertaining to plants and a list of different plant societies that you may wish to check out.
We have added pictures and much more information all around the site. If you haven't been there in a while, it might be interesting to visit again!!
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IT'S HERE AGAIN!!!
Our Petal Perks $25 Gift Card Promotion
Congratulations to our August winner: Patti J.
Due to the overwhelming response to this promotion, we are running it again for September.
SO, starting September 1st through September 30th, when you come into Hidden Ponds Nursery and use your Petal Perks card, you will be entered to win a $25 Gift Certificate. You MUST ASK to be entered when you present your PP card. This promotion is only for our social media (Website, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter, Etc.) friends, so the staff will not be asking if you would like to enter. We will have you fill out a small form to toss in a hat, so we can draw the winner!
You don't HAVE a Petal Perks card!?
NO PROBLEM!!
They are free, you just need to come in and get one.
Planting in the Fall?!?!
Most people think of spring as the time to start planting. I am here to tell you, that ain't necessarily so!! Granted, you can plant in the spring and everything will be fine. The stores and garden centers certainly play to that. Let me give you a little food for thought.
 
Fall will be here, officially, in about 3 weeks. Avoid the rush and start prepping now.
Many people prefer January through March, at least for us here in the south, for planting, but the fall months of September through December have distinct advantages. Lets start with us humans first.
  
We gardeners are slowly migrating back outdoors after, in many places, record-breaking heat this summer. We love to garden, but the heat and humidity can really take a toll on the body. If you are anything like me, you have been struggling through and gardening anyway, so you are at least in a "little" bit better shape than you will be after a long winter of inactivity. So right there, fall makes more sense to be planting.
 
How many times have you planted something in the spring or summer and have it do this:

You know that it is stressed, but do you know why?
 
When shrubs and trees are brought home and transplanted, they may suffer varying degrees of shock or stress. This may be from root loss (for field-grown or ball and burlap plants) or it could be the changes in how they were being cared for (container-grown plants). They might have been watered more often or the water pH could be vastly different. Weather conditions and the condition of your soil can also have an impact on how well and how quickly a plant adjusts to its new location.
 
The shock or stress is caused by the demand of the plant tops for water and the limited ability of the root system to supply it. Again, this is where fall planting is better. The plant may be getting ready to drop its leaves anyway, so there is no need to continue supporting them.  A plant's demand for water is far less in cooler and often rainy, fall weather. The plant has a better chance of a quick recovery in these situations, especially if it gets to develop new roots. Fall is also the time it builds up nutrient reserves needed for healthy growth come spring. We are lucky to have soils that are warm enough throughout the fall and early winter that we can get good root growth. The thing to remember is the activity below ground goes right on until the deep soil temperature drops below 40 degrees.

Do not fertilize the tree or shrub. This is fall. We do not want to encourage foliage to grow; it will only weaken the plant, taking energy away from root establishment, and the foliage will just get burned by the cold or frost. Fertilize in the spring. This also goes for pruning. Pruning encourages new growth, which has the same detrimental effects in fall as fertilizer. This being said, if there are broken branches or crossing branches, you will want to cut them off. If you buy from a reputable nursery, you should not have either of these problems. 
All of this information is also applicable to moving a tree or shrub from one spot to another in your yard.

Every plant in the landscape should serve a purpose. Ask yourself if you want a plant for screening, for privacy, or for shade. How large will it be five years from now? Plants, like people, grow up. Remember, that a small one-gallon-size plant will look entirely different after a few years of growth in your landscape. If you're wondering how fast a tree or shrub grows, the easy answer is this: If you want it to get big fast, it'll be slow-growing. If you really want it to stay small, it will grow quickly!!

Okay, all joking aside, here is a recap:
If you plant a shrub in spring, it must acclimate itself to its new home and begin growing immediately.  At the same time, it has to produce leaves, flowers, and then endure the rapidly arriving summer heat. Plant the same shrub in fall, and it becomes happily dormant above ground soon after planting, but the roots have several months to grow and become comfortable and strong in their new home. Fall planting gives your plant's roots a wonderful "head start" over spring planting. 

Isn't all of this a good reason to be getting your shovels back out?

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