Fall and Spring Fertilization – What you need to know

When a new landscape is installed, all foliage that has been planted goes through a fertilization process to situate the roots. Regarding residential landscapes, due to the ack of space, plants are put next to each other. This means that another level of fertigation for the landscape is necessary, so the entire landscape remains flush, healthy, and vital. For this reason, professional landscapers highly recommend fertilizing every single plant in landscaped areas in the fall as well as the spring.

Here are the basics you need to know about fall fertilization and spring fertilization.

Spring fertilization. Since it’s the season for growing, when spring becomes active, plat root systems begin absorbing moisture out of the soli. This prompts new growth as thee root systems begin to activate concurrently with the season.

Through a method known as root injection, spring fertilization is ideal at this time of year. Enriching your plants with liquid fertilizers by injecting them so the plants immediately absorb them.  This method of injecting liquid fertilizers is also applicable for granular application. This is done to prompt a slow release in the upcoming months and is successful when it’s done at the soil’s surface.

Soil needs to be fed with potassium in very high doses during the spring. This is important as it prompts flowering and summer flower heads to develop, in other words, bud. The best fertilizers to use with the granular surface application mentioned above are slow-release broad spectrum fertilizers. This is to supply plentiful nutrients to your plants throughout the spring months.

Fall fertilization. It stands to reason that fertilization is essential in the fall so your plants can store nutrients and become stronger during the winter months. The ideal way to fertilize at this time of year is with a method known as root zone injection. Basically, despite the fact that plants are hardened, products that are slow releasing will stay active during the colder months.

Don’t over-fertilize.  It’s very common to over-fertilize thereby killing your plants. Those homeowners and landscapers whose intentions are good and know that it’s important to fertilize in both spring and fall, sometimes overdo it. They use too much fertilizer things that more is better when it comes to the health and vibrancy of their landscapes. But that’s oftentimes worse than not fertilizing at all. In effect, you know what happens when you eat too much. The same things happen to plants when they are fertilized too much.

If you’re not sure if you’ve made the mistake of over-fertilizing your plants, there are sings you can look for. For example, if your lower pant leaves have yellowed or they’re clearly stained and droopy. Other signs are roots that are black, brown or obviously decomposing, stagnant to non-existent growth, leave that are falling off, or fertilizer beginning to form coats on the soil surface.

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