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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Projects and Plantings Most homeowners think of spring as the best time to plant trees and shrubs in the landscape. However, October and November are also an excellent time for moving plants into and around the landscape. Garden centers and nurseries usually stock a good selection of woody plants now. If you are careful and inspect the plant-

ing material before buying, you can usually get some good end-ofseason deals. Don’t buy any plant that shows physical damage like bark or branch splitting or broken stems. Check for viable root systems in container plants by knocking them out of the pot and looking for healthy roots. If possible, avoid