KTRH GardenLine Newsletter
Sept. 28, 2011 - Issue #231
Here's Randy's Weekly KTRH GardenLine Tip:
Despite the rain from two weeks ago, we are not out of this drought. Should you keep your fall feeding (otherwise known as the winterizer) on schedule? If you aren’t on irrigation restrictions, YES!!
I recommend using a winterizer with the lowest percentage of nitrogen, and the highest percentage of Potassium. Nitro-Phos Fall Special 8-12-16 is a perfect example. Nature’s Guide 3-0-5 is another true organic fall fertilizer with no phosphorous, but a good ratio of nitrogen to potassium.
Avoid high and controlled-release nitrogen fertilizers for winter feeding. Anything with a nitrogen ratio higher than 22 is considered a high-nitrogen fertilizer in the fall feeding regimen. There are 21s or 22s that are controlled-release nitrogen. However, you want a lower level of nitrogen to fertilize all at once. That’s why the 8-12-16 is best for synthetic and 3-0-5 is a perfect example of an organic. Ultimately, you don’t want nitrogen continually released into late October and early November because the temperature spread could bring us brown patch.
In addition to the aforementioned winterizers, almost any “organic” fertilizer can substitute as a winterizer this year because the numbers are so low. You can do an organic whenever. With this drought, it’s less about ratios. Anything organic is much-needed.
GardenLine Appearance – Saturday
Buchanan's Native Plants
611 East 11th St.
We couldn’t have picked a better time to visit Buchanan's in the Heights. We will be there this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and sponsored by Lady Bug Natural.
In all my GardenLine appearances, I think our last visit to Buchanan's had to be the coldest, wettest appearance ever. I've had a windier appearance, but never a cold AND rainy appearance.
The weekend’s cool front will drop temperatures, but it can't be as bad as it was last spring. Even if it rains, we all need it. However, the free goodies from Lady Bug Natural should make your visit worthwhile. The first several people to come talk to me can snag the giveaways of their choice, from Vortex Potting Soil to Expanded Shale.
Can you say "drought recovery"? Buchanan's will have fresh replacement perennials, herbs, annuals, shrubs and veggies to start transplanting. With the cool front, this will be a great time to start repairing your drought-damaged landscape.
Buchanan's also has all the Nitro-Phos products and every imaginable organic on the market you can use to start winterizing.
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