To promote the life of trees, shrubs, and other landscaping plants, fall fertilization of ornamental trees and shrubs is recommended. The fertilizer used for fall fertilization helps the plant feed all winter long, allowing for more growth and better health in the spring.
What is Fall Fertilization?
Fall Fertilization is the process of injecting fertilizer into the root system of the plant, several inches below the soil surrounding the landscape plant or shrub using a pressure injection probe. Applications applied on the surface of the ground are not as effective in comparison to pressure injections below the surface of the ground. The fertilizer used is a liquid nitrogen controlled-release fertilizer formulated to deliver high quality foliar nutrients to trees and shrubs and promote better resistance to disease and drought.
When to Fall Fertilize?
Fall fertilization should be done shortly before or at the time of dormancy, in this area it is typically done mid to late November and should only be done once each year.
Benefits of Fall Fertilization
One of the main benefits of fall fertilization is to promote uniform growth rate and a more luxurious canopy. Because these nutrients are injected directly into the root system, fall fertilization also promotes the root growth. The stronger and healthier the root system, the stronger and healthier the plant will be and the better the plant will look.
Sum it up
When caring for trees and shrubs, not all trees and shrubs are created equal. Research is the key for each particular plant being worked with. Lawn care services, tree service companies and nurseries are excellent resources to ask questions and get recommendations from.
If you are ever unsure of what to do, how to handle a job, or just too short on time it is best to call a professional to be sure the job is being done correctly. Look around, ask friends or family, and research companies on the Better Business Bureau to find a company that you can trust.