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Plant food is essential for healthy growth

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Hopefully those frosty nights are in our rear-view mirror and plants will continue to grow well with the nice spring weather we have been having.
Leaves on trees and shrubs have popped, early perennials are blooming, and lawns have greened up. It’s essential that you start to feed all those plants, so they continue to thrive.
I often get asked about the best time in spring to begin to fertilize. The simplest answer is always to start once you see active growth.
Spring bulbs should be fertilized as soon as you see the leaves emerge from the ground. The food you provide now will help them store energy, so flowers appear year after year. Right now, I have daffodils and tulips blooming in my garden. I gave them an application of granular fertilizer a week ago. Once the blooms fade and the leaves turn yellow, I will give a gentle twist and tug on the foliage. If it’s ready, it will detach from the bulb below.
I also have spring perennials blooming in my gardens: primrose, brunnera, bleeding-heart and more. They give me such joy each year. They are long-lasting perennials that have been in the garden for many years and, with adequate fertilizing, will bloom for many more to come.
If you haven’t fertilized your flowering bulbs and perennials, be sure to do that now.
Fertilizers are available in many different forms and formulations. They have been developed to feed specific plant types so read packages carefully to determine the type you need. There is fertilizer specific to cedars, lawns, roses, clematis, and tomatoes. There are also more general-purpose fertilizers available for flowering plants, evergreens, vegetable gardens and for transplanting.
Many fertilizers are made with organic ingredients and are certified for organic growing. That information with be

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