Now that winter is coming up, it is important to prepare your property to meet the cold, ice, and snow, head on. Making this small investment of time and fertilizer will certainly pay off when spring arrives, and there are a number of reasons for this:
Nutrients Are Extremely Important
There is no doubt that pre-winter fertilization is extremely important for your property, but you must make sure that you are using your fertilizer applicator in the right way. Why? Because not all of the fertilizer will make it to the important parts of the plant. When you apply fertilizer to the ground it will go onto the green parts of the plant and will make it into the ground and eventually the roots, but you will also escape into the air, which could be a waste.
Both Potassium and Nitrogen is Important Before Winter
You also must make sure that you are using the right fertilizer before winter. Potassium, for instance, is essential for root growth, and nitrogen lends to the growth of the plant. A good winter fertilizer will have both of these ingredients, and you will find that these are elevated when compared to other types of fertilizer.
The optimum time for applying winter fertilizer is when almost all of the top growth has stopped. This is a sign that the plant is halting its growth above ground, and instead, focusing on the root and rhizome development. Also, keep in mind that it can be detrimental to fertilize too soon, too, so make sure the top has really stopped growing. If you don’t do that, the plant might become too shaggy before frost and snow comes, causing the plants to trap moisture and humidity. This becomes the ideal breeding environment for snow mold. So, before fertilizing, check your plants for the best success in the spring.