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CARING FOR GARDENS IN THE FALL WILL DO WONDERS NEXT SPRING

 NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't overlook your garden this fall, says Brennen Endres of The Endres Floral Company. If you plant perennials and woody ornamentals now, you will be pleasantly surprised in the spring.
 "Perennials and woody ornamentals planted in the fall will develop stronger, deeper roots -- features they can rely on during hot, dry spells of summer," says Endres, senior vice president of production for the 80-year-old company, considered one of Ohio's largest flower growers.
 "While this will not replace the need to water plants during a drought, it will help them absorb more water on their own. This is particularly true for the deciduous woody ornamentals. In the fall they can harness their energy on rooting, while using a minimum of energy to maintain the foliage that is falling."
 Most perennials are similar to tulip or hyacinth bulbs, he says, in that they require a vernilization period. This means perennials that have been exposed to winter conditions will bloom the first year.
 "While we at Endres 'over winter' our perennials -- by placing them in cold frames so they will flower in the spring -- we find they are nowhere as large or floriferous as they would be had they spent the fall and winter planted outdoors," Endres says.
 There are other benefits, too. Planting in fall will reduce the amount of time next spring devoted to clearing a garden of the effects of winter, eradicating insects, planting annuals, and ridding rose bushes of powdery mildew.
 Having planted in the fall will give the gardener a fresher idea of other floral delights to add in the spring, especially when the woody ornamentals and perennials burst into bloom.
 "So, gardeners, plant now and enjoy the results, beginning in March," Endres says. "If you do, these plants will be larger, healthier and much easier to care for than the ones that go into the ground in the spring or summer."
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: The Endres Floral Company, located in the rolling hills of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, off I-77, New Philadelphia Exit, will provide tours of its famous rose-growing greenhouse "ranges" the first three Saturdays of November, beginning at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Its first annual "Fall Festival" Oct. 8-10 will be held at its garden center, 635 West High Ave., New Philadelphia, Ohio. It will feature tips on gardening for the entire family and activities for children. For more information about the tours and "Fall Festival," call 800-654-8808/
 /CONTACT: George A. Becker of SalesCom, Inc., 216-241-1150, for The Endres Floral Company/


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