As many of you know, Autumn is a great time for planting. The temperatures have cooled which means your trees will benefit from reduced transplanting stress. Plus, you can get by with a little less watering. Here are a few things to know about caring for trees in the fall:
For shrubs, or If you live on an acreage, wooded lot, or the edge of town where there are sure to be ravenous deer, you may just want to fence them completely. Expert tip: make the fence wider and taller than you think, deer are tall and can reach a long way, so 3’ tall chicken wire will not do the trick.
Yes, you can fertilize in the fall! The trick is to wait until the plants start to go dormant around mid-October before applying fertilizer, because you don’t want to flush out tender new shoots and leaves just before the cold hits. Allow the plants to begin dormancy, then apply. The roots will still be actively taking in and storing nutrients even after the leaves have fallen off. The extra nutrients will be available in the following spring which gives your plants head start for the new growing season. If you have already purchased and have been using our Root & Grow fertilizer through early fall, no worries. The formulation is designed for root development, so it is low in nitrogen, and is safe to use this time of year.