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Fertilizing the garden, continued

Fertilizers-IMG_3126As I wrote in Fertilizing the garden (October 2010), fall is an important time to fertilize the garden, also known as “winterizing.” Shrubs, trees, ground-covers and other plants begin to use their energy to strengthen and expand their root systems in preparation for winter dormancy and spring growth. Fall fertilizing provides a slow absorption of nutrients into soil and root systems. Nutrients provided in fall fertilizer promote strong growth and also increase disease resistance in spring.

Some of the fertilizers will have disappeared by now in particular those close to the surface, where the groundcovers grow, hence some of them get also applied early in the year, prior to spring growth.

Related: Regular activities and cleaning-up, Fertilizing the garden.