To fertilize or not to fertilize, that is the question!

Posted on August 1st, 2017

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Where do I stand on this topic?  Where do you stand on this topic?  Most importantly, where do your lawn and garden stand on this topic?  I may be a little biased because I run the lawn & garden department at Van Wilgen’s.  Yup, this is the smelly part of the nursery that houses all the fertilizers that make our plants and your plants extra healthy and beautiful.  Smelly but important!

Okay, I can’t hold it in anymore…I LOVE FERTILIZER…and yes, there is a fertilizer for every seed, every plant, and for every time of the year.  I don’t love fertilizer just because of my job, I love fertilizer because it can be so helpful to our plants and the environment.  Veggie gardens will give you a much greater yield, annuals will push out more bloom, trees will establish deeper root systems, shrubs will be less prone to disease, etc.  I am not suggesting that you over-fertilize.  This possibility does exist.  Be judicious.  Be wise.  We can help.

Remember I mentioned that there is a fertilizer for every time of the year?  Well, there is.  For this hot, August month, you have got to try Van Wilgen’s Root Boost and/or Van Wilgen’s Fish & Seaweed Fertilizers.  They are perfect for any type of plant from veggies to houseplants.  There is no risk of burning your plants with these fertilizers.  They will enhance the plant’s vigor with kelp, beneficial bacteria, and nutrients.  Use one or both together every week.  You will truly notice a difference.

Fall is coming.  In spite of this terribly hot, humid, dry weather, fall is on the way and this means it is time to restock the garage with fertilizers or to pull the ones you already have, out of the garden shed.   This heat is brutal on plants.  They will need your help to recover from the stress of summer.  Pay attention to your struggling lawn.  September is the time to apply Espoma’s Organic Summer Revitalizer or Greenview’s Lawn Food.  Fertilize the heck out of your annuals and veggies.  Give them a last hoorah with Van Wilgen’s Bloom Booster.  Push them to their maximum.  Trees and shrubs are screaming for Espoma’s Plant-Tone or Holly-Tone.  Use half the rate, at this time of the year and quiet their screams.  Do not let your lawns and gardens go hungry.

So, stop by the “smelly” department when you are visiting Van Wilgen’s.  We will help you choose the right fertilizer for the right plant at the right time of the year.

Come see us at Van Wilgen’s.  We would love to help!