Time it Right: Late Summer Fertilizer

For many plants, fertilizing this time of year can have negative impacts. For example, late-summer fertilizer applications to trees and shrubs encourage new growth that may not harden-off prior to a freeze. Of course, there are always exceptions. The following plants benefit from late-summer feeding.

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Blackberries benefit from a second application of fertilizer after harvest.
  • Fertilize June-bearing strawberries late summer following renovation. Feed ever-bearing strawberries in small applications throughout the summer.
  • Continue fertilizing vegetable crops as needed

Lawn

  • Continue fertilizing warm-season grasses as needed until mid-September.

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For many plants, fertilizing this time of year can have negative impacts. The following plants benefit from late-summer feeding.

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Time it Right: When to fertilize your plants

Late Winter to Early Spring Fertilizer

Most trees and shrubs are fertilized in early spring. Feed the following plants.

Mid- to Late-Spring Fertilizer

As the weather warms up, here are the plants to feed in mid to late-spring.

Early- to Mid-Summer Fertilizer

lawns & edible plants take up more nutrients & will benefit from more feeding

Late Summer Fertilizer

Fertilizing this late can have negative impacts, but these plants will benefit

Autumn Fertilizer

The list of plants benefiting from fall feeding is a short one, check it out.

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