When summer’s heat is in full swing, you may be asking yourself, “is it okay to fertilize plants in hot weather?” The answer is generally no. If a lawn, ornamental plants, or fruits and vegetables are drought and/or heat stressed, summer fertilizing can do more harm than good. Why Fertilizing in Summer Heat Is a Bad Idea When the temperature soars, your plants may suddenly lose their comfort zone. That’s when heat stress is likely to develop in the form of wilted, curled, or burnt leaves. You might think a little fertilizer would perk them up, but overfertilization results in excess salts near the roots of the plants, which can damage them, restricting the flow of water upwards. Salt also can affect plant tissues, causing dieback or brown edges on leaves. Symptoms of overfertilization include: Wilting and slow growth in broadleaf plants Brown needle tips throughout a conifer Brown or […]
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