Landscape Design 101: It’s Time to Fertilize

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Warm weather is steadily returning to our beautiful Capital City, and you know what that means: Gardening season is upon us!

If you’re going to fertilize only once this year, now is the perfect time to do so. Your plants are beginning to wake up from their winter dormancy and will rely on these vital nutrients for revival and growth. Imagine if you’d been asleep for many months … when you woke up, you’d be ready for a snack too.

Customers often tell me they’re concerned about over-fertilizing, and I tell them that it’s better to under-fertilize than to over-fertilize — and the trick is to do so without burning the plants in the process. In my own garden, I use Espoma all-natural, organic fertilizers. These products are gentle on your plants while providing all of the essential nutrients they need to meet their full potential, and it’s virtually impossible to over-fertilize — trust me, I’ve tried!

I was naturally skeptical, so a few years ago I brought home an 18-pound bag of Espoma to put it to the test. I intentionally over-fertilized several different plants outside my home and waited a few weeks to see what would happen. Lo and behold, the hibiscus I had attempted to over-fertilize turned a beautiful dark green and produced more blooms than I’d ever seen it produce. It was an eye-opening experience, and I’ve been sold on Espoma organics ever since!

For many, Espoma takes the mystery — and, for some, the fear — out of gardening. There are different formulas for each category of plant, and they come in clearly labeled bags. This makes it easier than ever to remember exactly which product to use for your citrus, which to use for your berries, your roses, and so on. On the back of the bag, you’ll find simple feeding instructions that let you know exactly how much product to apply to each plant based on its current size.

What makes Espoma special is the fact that the nutrients are derived from ingredients commonly found in nature. When you read the label, you’ll see ingredients such as feather meal as a source of nitrogen, bone meal as a source of phosphorus, greensand containing more than 30 trace minerals, humates to help to build organic matter in your soil, and more organic goodies that plants absolutely love.

In addition to the six primary nutrients that plants need to survive, along with trace nutrients that many fertilizers lack, Espoma contains a proprietary blend of beneficial microbes known as Bio-tone. This is a combination of helpful bacteria and fungi that work together with your plant, expanding the surface area of roots and helping it absorb nutrients and water more effectively. For this reason, using a fertilizer containing Bio-tone is a great way to help Florida-proof your garden for the arrival of summer’s heat.

Encourage fruit production by fertilizing with Citrus-tone in late winter, spring, and fall.

Fertilizer: Espoma Bio-tone Starter
Plants: All new plantings
When to use: At time of planting

Fertilizer: Espoma Citrus-tone
Plants: All citrus, fruit and nut trees
When to use: Late winter to enhance flowering; post-bloom to encourage better fruit set; again in fall to ensure overall nutrient needs are met

Fertilizer: Espoma Holly-tone
Plants: All acid-loving plants and evergreens; includes hydrangeas, magnolias & camellias
When to use: Early spring and late spring

Fertilizer: Espoma Azalea-tone
Plants: Azaleas and rhododendrons
When to use: In spring at the first hint of bloom color, and again two months later

Fertilizer: Espoma Tomato-tone
Plants: Tomatoes and other fruiting crops, such as peppers or cucumbers
When to use: Every 14 days throughout the growing season

Fertilizer: Espoma Garden-tone
Plants: All non-fruiting veggies and herbs
When to use: Every 14 days throughout the growing season

Fertilizer: Espoma Berry-tone
Plants: All berries, including blueberries, strawberries blackberries, and raspberries
When to use: Early spring and late spring

Fertilizer: Espoma Palm-tone
Plants: Palms, hibiscus and other tropical plants
When to use: March, May, and August

Fertilizer: Espoma Rose-tone
Plants: Roses, viburnum, bougainvilleas & clematis
When to use: Monthly, February through September

Fertilizer: Espoma Flower-tone
Plants: Flowering annuals & perennials in containers, hanging baskets and flower beds
When to use: Mix into soil at time of planting, and apply every 14 days thereafter

Fertilizer: Espoma Plant-tone
Plants: Anything and everything; a general, balanced fertilizer for all varieties of plants
When to use: Feed perennials, trees and shrubs in March, May and August; feed annuals every 14 days


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