Winterizing Soil Essential for Active Root Growth

| 10/5/2011 12:31:46 PM

Tags: High Country Gardens, Natural Fertilizer, Organic Fertilizer, Garden Tools,

David Salman of High Country Gardens, the industry leader in nationally distributed waterwise perennials, ornamental grasses and cacti, says, “without question, fall is the best time to fertilize,” when plants are pulling nutrients down from the stems and crowns and creating stores of energy below ground to be used for next spring’s regeneration. But oftentimes, according to Salman, gardeners “forget the importance of fall fertilizing” to encourage roots in this capacity.

“Most plants are in very active root growth in the fall,” Salman says, “and healthy roots benefit from increased levels of phosphate, potassium and trace elements as they grow and spread.”

Salman also points to the importance of fall fertilizing with natural and organic soil amendments. Using chemical fertilizers instead of organic ones “is like drinking canned soda pop versus the best organic smoothie you can concoct,” he says. “Roots can absorb chemical fertilizers without any interface with the soil. Natural fertilizers and composts feed the soil and the soil breaks it down and makes those ingredients available to the roots. Chemical fertilizer takes a whole leg out of the equation.”

To ensure that gardeners adequately prepare their soil for fall root growth, Salman recommends Yum Yum Mix® Winterizer Organic Fertilizer, a soil conditioner that was developed exclusively for High Country Gardens. The boosted levels of premium soft rock phosphate and kelp meal (as a source of potassium)—along with granular humate, greensand, Planters II trace mineral fertilizer, alfalfa meal and cottonseed meal—nourish beneficial organisms and earthworms to support a healthy, living soil that keeps plants thriving.

“You’ll have those bigger, healthier roots from the fall growth season preparing the plants to be more vigorous the following spring,” Salman says.

Typically, gardeners should prepare to winterize their soil after the first frost of the season, both for existing gardens and plots that will be planted the following spring.

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