Landscape Fertilization During Spring and Fall Seasons
During the installation of new landscapes, all the planted foliage is fertilized and the roots of each plant are stimulated. The plants in residential spaces are placed near one another because of limited space. That said, you need additional landscape fertilization to ensure your landscape stays vibrant and healthy. This is the reason landscape fertilization experts strongly advise applying fertilizers to each and every plant in landscape settings in spring and fall seasons.
Spring is the growing season for plants. As the season activates, plant root systems start working actively to absorb moisture and nutrients from the soil in order to encourage new growth.
This is the perfect time for doing spring fertilization using the root injection method and enriching your plants with liquid fertilizers. Injected liquid fertilizers are absorbed by the plants instantly and can also be used for granular application at the surface of the soil for slow release application in the upcoming months.
During spring, it is important to feed the soil with high doses of potassium in order to promote flowering and the development of summer flower heads i.e. the buds. Broad spectrum slow release fertilizers work best with granular surface application. You can use a 14-14-14 three-month release to supply a host of nutrients to the plants throughout spring.
Fall fertilization enables plants to store nutrients for winter and toughen up. During this season, the best way you can fertilize your land is the root zone injection fertilizer method. This is because even though the plants have hardened off for winter, the slow release products will remain active. Just as with spring fertilization, using a broad spectrum fertilizer is suggested for fall fertilization.
Signs of Over-Fertilization
It is not uncommon for plants to die of over-fertilization. The reason behind this is that caretakers are often tempted to introduce excessive fertilizers in hope of seeing their landscapes healthy. Truth be told, this is the worst thing that you can do to your plants. Over-fertilization is to plants what overeating is to humans.
Here are a few signs that indicate your plants are over-fertilized:
- Staining, drooping, and yellowing of lower plant leaves
- Charring leaf margins and tips
- Brown, black, or decomposing roots
- Slow to no growth
- Falling leaves
- Visible fertilizer coatings on the surface of the soil
Too much fertilization is not only bad for your plants but also for the environment. Over-fertilization results in accumulation of excessive nutrients that ultimately end up leaking into the groundwater, oceans, and rivers.
If you are not sure about which fertilizers to use or the amount and methods of landscape fertilization that you should be using, it is better to spend some money and hire the professionals than risk the lives of your beautiful plants.
In case you are already looking for someone who can help with landscape fertilization and dread all the research that is needed to find a reliable one, connect with Fresh Cut Lawn and Landscape now. We can be reached at (586) 739-6646 or (248) 650-3600. You will thank yourself for trusting our experts with your yard!