Keep Plants Going Strong with a Late-Summer Feeding

Late in the summer, plants become stressed by heat and nutrients in the soil are depleted by the plants’ uptake or leaching due to irrigation. You can give your garden a pick-me-up by replenishing those nutrients with the right plant food.

It is important to feed your flowers and vegetables on a regular basis, and now is a good time to start, even if you have not been feeding throughout the summer. Begin by adding water soluble plant food to your watering can or using the hose-end garden feeder. Apply just enough of the mixture to wet the surface of the leaves and then soak the soil around the plant to feed the roots. This type of liquid application provides the benefit of feeding through both the roots and the leaves.

You can combine two steps into one by watering and feeding at the same time with the plant feeding system. Just attach the  feeder to a hose, insert a bottle of plant food, and spray to feed and water your plants.

If you prefer to use a dry-applied plant food, continuous release plant food comes in an easy-to-use applicator package and feeds your plants for up to 3 months. Just sprinkle it around your plants and water it in. It is an easy way to get spectacular results.

Either way — liquid or dry — late-summer feeding will perk up your plants and help keep them vibrant and healthy going into the fall season.