Fall The Season

to Fertilize & Plant

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Gardening Tips for successful and beautiful Landscapes and Gardens


In most cases, Fall is the best planting season of the year. Take advantage of pleasant fall weather to plant new trees and shrubs and give existing plants a final feeding to prepare them for winter.


Depending on where you live, the fall season can be quite short. In any event it is the very best season for new plant installations. Trees and shrubs planted now will continue to produce roots through the winter, even if the rest of the plant is dormant. They will be settled, adapted and ready to grow like crazy next spring! Shorter days and cooler temperatures begin to slow growth rates, allow existing plants to recover from summer stress and get ready for the winter "sleeping" season.

To help them, give a final seasonal feeding in the next few weeks. Dr. Qs Tree Vine & Shrub Food is the only fertilizer you can find with Signaling Molecules.


Here are a few tips for selected plants: (1) Give fruit trees a dose of low nitrogen, high phosphorus fertilizer. These trees form flower buds and make new fruit spurs during the winter season and use nutrients applied now to get the job done. (2) Start planning your fall flower garden now. As you replace warm season flowers with cool season varieties, pick plants that are compact and heavily budded, not the long lanky ones in full bloom! (3) Spring flowering bulbs are showing up in stores now. Don't wait once you see them. Get the firm undamaged plump specimens right away. There won't be much to choose from later in the season. (4) Re-seed and revitalize the lawn. Remove thatch (a buildup of dead grass and debris) from now through October. Thatch prevents new seed from rooting properly and robs existing lawns of vital nutrients and moisture. (5) Give the lawn a final feeding now. The grass will store nutrients and green up much more quickly next spring.


BACKFILL. If the hole is deeper than the root ball, add rock at the bottom of the hole to a point sufficient to support the root ball equal to the surrounding surface. Rock will not compress and so prevents the roots from later sinking and causing potential disease and suffocation problems. Add mulch into the rock to assist root development later. SET THE PLANT IN PLACE. Make sure the hole has been pre-moistened. Set the root ball into the hole. Also set any stakes you will be using to support the tree. Fill the hole with amended soil, tamping lightly as you go. Bring soil level even with tip of the root ball. DO NOT BURY THE ROOT BALL!




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