Richard Buse en Lifestyle, Publishers & Bloggers, Gardening Owner • Richard S. Buse Communication Services 12/10/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +400

Lazy Gardening: Shop the off-season sales

Lazy Gardening: Shop the off-season sales

You visit a garden center some Saturday morning in the spring shortly after the last threat of frost has passed. Beautiful plants fill the racks and sales floor. Customers abound as well. There's a festive atmosphere, but no merchandise is discounted and there are long lines at the checkout lanes, too. 

The fall months are a great alternative if you're looking to save money and time while shopping for gardening items. Stores are eager to clear out shelf and floor space to make room for Christmas merchandise. Remaining gardening items get marked down for quick sales. The odds of having to wait behind a handful of fellow gardening enthusiasts at the checkout lane are low, too.

I'm gradually replacing most of my plastic flower pots with clay pots because they don't crack or lose their color as easily amid Texas summer heat. In the long run, I figure I'm saving time and money. The garden center at a nearby grocery store marks down its gardening pottery items every fall, so I'm picking up a few flower pots to store in the garage during the winter months. 

Think about what you want to put out year next year and see if it's available now.

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Richard Buse 12/10/2016 · #4

#2 Andrew, you are fortunate, indeed!

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Andrew Porter 12/10/2016 · #3

I'm fortunate that I don't have this problem as I can go to my local trade nursery all year round and pick up bargains a plenty, they know who I am so I always get the trade discount...and sometimes a little more! #1 Yes if anyone is thinking about planting trees or shrubs the best time is when they are dormant from autumn through to early spring!

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Richard Buse 12/10/2016 · #2

#1 Thanks for that insight, Paul. As the summer months progress, I think of items I'd like to get, or things I want to differently. Fall is a great time to act on such ideas.

Paul Kemner 12/10/2016 · #1

Fall isn't a bad time to plant trees and shrubs, and garden centers will mark them down, sometimes to 10% or 20% of their original price to make room for cut xmas trees. I've gotten some rarities that way, including a paperbark maple.

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