Fall Is For Planting!

Plant in the fall for better root growth​

As Good As (Or Better Than) Spring ​​
With a few exceptions, fall is an excellent time to plant. Most perennials as well as trees and shrubs generally grow and perform much better during the next growing season than those planted in the spring.

  FERTILIZING!
 

   This is the time to think about a fertilizing program for your landscape. A wide variety of fertilizers are available for the home landscape in easy to use and apply formulas. All Fertilizer labels read the same way, such as 10-10-10 or 10-5-20.  The first number is for available Nitrogen (green growth), the second for Phosphorus (root growth), and the third for Potassium (flower or fruit).  While all plants use many more nutrients in addition to these three, these nutrients are used in the highest quantity.  ​​

   Although nutrients needed for growth occur naturally in most soils, for the best gardening results it is necessary to supplement the levels of nutrients available.  

   Nutrients availability is governed by several factors like soil pH, moisture levels and temperature. Fertiliers are blended to increase availability for specific soil conditions and plant needs. Thoroughly read the label on any fertilizer, and apply it according to the label.

   More is NOT better when it comes to fertilizer. Younger, newly installed trees and shrubs require fertilizer in greater levels during the early years. As trees and shrubs mature, their ability to retrieve nutrients from the existing soil is greatly increased.   Apply fertilizer in the fall when tree and shrub roots are most active. Warmer soil temperatures during cool weather allow the plants to increase their ability
 for nutrient uptake and storage for coming winter and next spring. We prefer a slow release fertilizer whenever possible. 
 Slow release fertilizers require less applications and provide a more consistent level of nutrient availability. Fertilizing is as important as pruning and watering to the success of your garden.  

ROOTS are the Reason!
Root growth mainly ocurs in the cooler temperatures of fall and spring and stop in the heat of summer.  
Roots produce growth before flowers and leaves develop in spring, and after leaf drop in fall as long as the soil temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

SOIL - The great Insulator!
Soil temperatures lag behind air temperatures by several weeks. This allows root growth to continue in the fall long after leaves drop. Mulching provides further insulation keeping soils warmer in fall and cooler in spring.
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