Fall Landscape & Garden Tips: Organic Late Fall Fertilization
Late Fall Fertilization
Winter will be here before we know it, but that doesn't mean you should abandon your landscape and garden until spring. Prepare for successful season, by applying organic fertilizer now.
Feed the soil and let the soil-food-web feed your plants.
This time of year, perennial plantings have either lost or have begun to lose their foliage for the year and their active growth has slowed. Rather than put on new foliage growth, the roots of these plants take the nutrients from the soil and apply them to important health-promoting functions such as disease resistance and root development. The excess nutrients are then stored and become immediately available when needed for new growth next spring and summer.
Working to create a soil teaming with life should be the primary focus when fertilizing plants. There are more living organisms in a tablespoon of productive soil, than there are people on earth and those organisms play a vital role in the planet’s health. Having many jobs, soil organisms break down organic matter to make food for plants. This is part of what is called the soil-food-web.
Unlike synthetic formulas, organic fertilizers contain humic and fulmic acids, vitamins, enzymes and both macro and micro-nutrients critical for healthy plant growth. They increase resistance to pest insects and disease pathogens, thus reducing the need for organic fungicides and insecticides. Furthermore, organic fertilizers improve soil and stimulate the beneficial organisms that maintain and condition soil structure. In addition to improving aeration, soils managed organically capture and store water, reducing the need for supplemental irrigation by up to 50% as compared to conventionally fertilized plants.
Don't be fooled into using toxic, synthetic lawn and garden fertilizers.
Like an unhealthy person, an unhealthy plant is far more susceptible to sickness. When a plant’s health is weakened, disease and pest insects attack and agrochemical manufactures sell more products in the form of pesticides. Synthetically derived fertilizers are manufactured from minerals, gasses from the air and inorganic industrial waste with a strong chemical salt base as a carrier. Artificial fertilizers work against the all important soil-food-web.
They intentionally make your plants drug addicts to their synthetic chemical formulas by killing soil organisms, locking up nature’s nutrients and degrading the soil, which in turn makes plants unhealthy. Sick plants require medicine so they then sell you their antibiotic solution in the form of synthetic, broad spectrum fungicides and insecticides. These toxic pesticides kill everything indiscriminately, therefore perpetuating their cycle of ongoing product sales. Think of synthetic fertilizers as the all to commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs developed to alleviate symptoms yet places your health at greater risk from the side effects; and the snowball effect begins. It’s a genius smoke and mirrors game meant to keep you coming back for more.
Like food, plant fertilizers can and should be beneficial to the whole system. Fertilizers derived from organic sources obtain their nutrients from natural sources such as microbes, organic waste, and other similar, safe materials, just as nature intended. They complement the whole system and work better in every way.