Basipetal Translocation of Photoassimilates
Late Fall Fertilization for Lawns & Trees – Why?
Fall Fertilization Explained
Basipetal Translocation of Photoassimilates, (that’s why!)
Yes, that’s a mouth full!
What this means in everyday language is that your plants are now manufacturing food and moving it to the roots where it is stored.
Some of the “food” is utilized during the winter to maintain plant health, but most of it is held in reserve for Spring growth.
Lawns and trees that have had a late fall fertilization will survive the winter season better and green-up earlier than plants that were not. Fall fertilized plants will have stronger root systems and will also be better prepared to resist damage from diseases and insects.
As the temperature begins to drop in the Fall, the tops of the plants ( grass blades and tree leaves ) begin to go dormant. However, out of site underground, the root systems continue to grow and develop. The roots will continue to grow all winter as long as the ground is not frozen, which makes fertilization an important last step of the season in a successful lawn and tree care program.
The benefits are that your lawns and trees will look greener and more lush than lawns and trees that do not have the late season feeding.
Most plant experts believe that fertilizing in the fall is the most important one of the year. So, while you are preparing for Thanksgiving and the Holiday season, don’t forget to feed the plants!
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