Even when visible top growth slows (or stops) for the season, your turf, trees and shrubs are still in need of nutrients. They might seem inactive, but your plants are actually building up nutrient reserve, setting down new roots and strengthening their old ones.

Plants use nutrients over the fall and winter months for two things: to repair any damage they may have suffered during the growing season, and to prepare for new growth in the spring. An application of fertilizer will help this natural process along.

Some of the direct benefits you’ll see from a heavy fall feeding include: 

  •  Improved winter hardiness. Plants suffer less from drying winds and severe weather because of better water-holding ability.
  •  Earlier and darker green-up of established lawns in the spring. Thin turf areas will become denser with improved color thanks to increased root expansion and larger nutrient reserves.
  •  Improved blooming in flowering trees and shrubs.
  •  Stronger growth in new trees, shrubs and fall-seeded lawns. Faster and more complete establishment through the winter will promote better top growth in the spring.
  • An increase in natural resistance to insect, pests and diseases.

To get maximum benefits from fall feeding, your lawn, trees and shrubs should be fertilized as soon as possible (if they haven’t been already). It’s one of the best ways to improve the looks, health and value of your landscape!