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Plant Hardy Plants Early

21050503Don’t hesitate to plant hardy plants – perennials, shrubs, trees, conifers, etc. – early, well before the last frost date. After all, these plants can withstand significant frost (always possible in May) and even better, recover more rapidly from transplant shock when the soil is still cool than from plantations at the more traditional planting dates in late May.

Wait while the soil is well drained before planting, though: working in the garden when the soil is still wet can destroy its structure.

For bare-root shrubs and trees, an early planting is even more important: they have to be planted before the foliage starts to expand significantly.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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