Summer is winding down, but that's no signal to neglect your yard and garden. Autumn is an excellent time to plant many kinds of shrubs, trees and spring-blooming bulbs.
Fall plantings will add beauty and value to your home grounds. The plantings will develop roots during the winter, getting them off to a strong start next spring.
As you plan your landscaping, think of the benefits: sight-screening, comfort, beauty, convenience, safety and easy maintenance.
The American Assn. of Nurserymen says that most homeowners want their yards to afford some privacy. A hedge of trees and shrubs can screen out unsightly views while affording some privacy.
Your yard can provide outdoor room for comfort and relaxation. The temperature in a tree's shade, for instance, may be 15 to 20 degrees cooler than in the sun. A row of trees and shrubs can protect against disturbing winds. Thick foliage can muffle city noise and help cleanse a polluted atmosphere.