Garden Turnover and Fertilization
Garden turnover, or tilling, is as old as gardening itself. It’s often practiced before planting to loosen soil and apply fertilizers, like nitrogen and phosphorous, to ensure healthy soil and a rich growing season. Its benefits include:
Aeration – turning the garden helps to keep the soil loose, helping water, oxygen and other nutrients to easily reach plant roots and support healthy plant growth.
Weed Management – weeds and insects are the bane of a gardener’s existence and can easily crowd or damage your plants. Turning the soil can help to break down weed roots and insect dwellings, providing your plants with a healthier growing environment.
Fertilization – whether your garden preference is for flowers or vegetables, proper fertilization will increase your seasonal bounty. Adding fertilizer during the turnover process allows the nutrients to fully permeate the soil, thereby strengthening your plants.