Tag Archive | nutrients

To Rake Or Not To Rake

Every fall, homeowners are faced with the choice of raking (or blowing) fallen tree and shrub leaves off their lawns or just letting nature take its course. Hopefully, raking wins out. Here’s why. While dead leaves make good compost, they can smother your lawn when left in their “raw” form. A virtually impenetrable mat of […]

Spring Fertilization – Why You Need It

This has been a rough winter, not only for us but for our landscape plants as well. Cold weather lingered almost into May. Late spring means that plants are late leafing out, and our lawns are just greening up. This means they have not really started making food. They are still living on the food they had stored […]

Is Fall Fertilization Really Necessary?

The short answer is, “it depends.” If you have had to fertilize each spring, the answer is, “yes.” It is important to first understand the role of fertilizer in gardening. At the risk of being redundant, I’ll explain once again that fertilizer does not feed plants. Plants make their own food through photosynthesis. However, the […]

Care For Your Soil And Your Soil Will Care For Your Plants

Good “dirt” is essential for gardening success. Every gardener yearns for good, rich topsoil. To realize that, however, you may need many dollars and a dream. That’s because the builder probably scraped the topsoil away when he excavated to build your house. Some builders stored topsoil on site until your property was ready for landscaping. […]