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Exposure is a very important consideration in all gardens that include woody plants. 

Wind, heat, cold, rain, and snow are the elements to which your garden may be exposed, and some plants are more tolerant than others of the potential damage these forces can cause. Buildings, walls, fences, hills, and existing hedges or other shrubs and trees can all influence your garden's exposure. 

Excerpt from "Tree & Shrub Gardening for Ohio" by Fred Hower and Alison Beck. Available for purchase here.

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