Shrewd shoppers dig seasonal deals

Tips for late fall shopping and planting


Money doesn't grow on trees, but people can score some golden deals on plants and trees during the late fall season.

That's because local nurseries are about to offer big discounts in hopes of reducing their inventory before the snow flies. It provides a window of opportunity for consumers, who can save thousands of dollars, said Jarrod McKee, owner of Aspen Nursery in Post Falls.

“Go for larger more expensive items and wait for the smaller fill-ins till the spring,” said McKee. “I guess I am giving you full permission to take advantage of us. Most stores would rather their inventory leave now than have to winterize it.”   

McKee offers some helpful hints on late fall shopping:

  1. First thing first,  and this is an important one,  make sure that you have a definite plan for planting. Material left to face the elements of winter does not bode well for success next spring.

  2. Know where the product is going to go and don't overbuy (well, not too much anyway).

  3. Buy rooted material that is established.  This time of year you can get some larger material for less, so shop for nice mature plants.  

  4. For trees that lose their leaves, focus more on the shape of the tree and (who cares if the leaf is blemished a little?). The leaves won't be there long anyway and next spring you will have new leaves with a stronger, healthier tree, because it's planted.

 Finally, some important garden wisdom from McKee:

  1. Once you have your collection of plants  or trees — get to planting ASAP. Then water them heavily. This settles the dirt and ensures the plant is not too dry going into winter.

  2. If the material still has leaves, do not prune until it is dormant and has lost all leaves.  New plantings need all the help they can get, and drawing energy out of this year's growth is vital to the plant's startup next spring.  

  3. Do not fertilize with a high-nitrogen product.  Use a starter fertilizer, so you don't push the product into winter. This will stop the material from going dormant in its own time.

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 --Written by Marc Stewart, Director of Sponsored Content


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