In Fact, This is the Best Time of Year for It
Since top growth slows down (or stops altogether) in the fall, your lawn, trees and shrubs no longer have to continue the constant flow of nutrients and water to leaves and blades. Instead, they’re using this time to build up a storehouse of nutrients in preparation for new growth in the spring.
The storage process occurs in the plants’ root systems. A heavy fall feeding makes more nutrients available and helps to trigger the process. The fatter and more extensive roots become from fall fertilization, the better growth you’ll see next year. This is especially true for fall-seeded lawns and newly planted trees and shrubs.
Of course, improved growth isn’t the only benefit you can expect from fall feeding. With an extra dose of nutrients this fall, you can expect:
- Stronger resistance to insects and diseases.
- Enhanced winter color in turf and evergreens.
- Better water-holding ability, which can decrease the drying, browning effects of cold winter winds.
- Increased blooming in your flowering trees and shrubs.
Heavy fall fertilization is a vital part of any good lawn, tree and shrub care program. By meeting the nutritional needs of your plants this fall, you’ll be rewarded with a healthier, more beautiful landscape that you’ll love coming home to.