If you’re a homeowner, you know how important it is to take care of your trees and shrubs. One of the best ways to ensure that your plants stay healthy and strong is to fertilize trees and shrubs in the early spring and late fall season. Fertilizing trees and shrubs in both the spring and fall is an essential step for optimal health and growth during each spring and summer season. In this blog post, we will discuss why it is important to fertilize trees & shrubs during these periods.
Proper Nutrients Are Essential for Plant Growth
For trees and shrubs to remain healthy and strong, they require the proper nutrients to be present in the soil. Without the right balance of these essential nutrients, a tree or shrub can become weak, vulnerable to fluctuating weather conditions, plus disease and pests scenarios, and not may not thrive.
The best way to ensure the proper nutrients are available when the plants need them is to fertilize in both spring and fall. The initial spring root fertilization offers several advantages over the traditional methods. First, it ensures that the nutrient levels in the soil are adequate before the roots start to grow and expand in the spring. It also allows for a deeper penetration of the fertilizer, as the soil is more porous during the winter months. Additionally, since most of the nutrients are released slowly over time, there is no risk of burning or leaching away the fertilizer like with spikes or liquid applications. Finally, spring root fertilization helps to relieve compaction of the soil around the root zone and make it easier for the roots to grow and absorb the necessary nutrients.
Routine Fertilizing Helps to Protect from Disease and Pests
Fertilizing your trees and shrubs in the spring and fall helps to protect them (health wise) from common insect pests such as aphids, whiteflies, mites, and thrips. Fertilizing also helps to keep fungal diseases such as powdery mildew, black spot, and rust from attacking your plants. Fertilizing helps to create healthier, stronger plants that are less likely to be infested by pests or disease.
Fertilizing in the fall months with a quality fertilizer specifically designed for trees and shrubs will help to provide your plants with the essential nutrients they need for overall vitality. By adding these nutrients to the soil at the proper time, you ensure that the plants will have the necessary food reserves protection they need against extremely cold weather conditions overwinter too. The nutrients provided by fertilization each fall will also help to promote quicker root and bud growth each spring, helping your trees and shrubs to grow healthier and more resilient.
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