Fertilizing in the Fall

"A healthy, fertile soil is the key to gardening success"

Date September 23, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Home & Garden Outdoors & Recreation

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Plant needs are different now than in the spring and summer. In the fall, with all their energy going to the roots, plants don’t want food that stimulates the upper growth. High Country Gardens is a strong advocate of using natural and organic fertilizers to "feed the soil" which, in turn, converts nutrients into usable forms for root absorption. A healthy, fertile soil is the key to gardening success.

Improve your soil’s fertility and boost the growth and health of beneficial soil microbes by using our Soil Booster Fertilizer Pack. Spread these nutrient-rich, natural and organic ingredients over the soil’s surface. Lightly scratch them into the top of the soil and apply a nice layer of mulch over the top. Then water the fertilized areas thoroughly if fall rains are lacking.

Lightly scratch granular fertilizers into the top of the soil and, where appropriate, apply a nice layer of mulch over the top. Water the fertilized areas thoroughly if fall rains are lacking.

Also, don’t forget to fertilize your low water lawn. October and November are the best months for this. We recommend using Organica’s patented fertilizer and microbial products.

If plants have developed chlorotic foliage (yellow tissue between green veins) over the summer, they are showing signs of diminished iron uptake. Fertilize now with Greensand and water it in with the Saltwater Farms Liquid Seaweed to increase root absorption.

The best time to fertilize in the fall is after a few light frosts or when trees begin dropping their leaves. Though it may sound odd to feed plants now, an ample supply of fertilizer in the fall will give plants a head start when it’s time to grow in the spring.

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