Spring into GreenSpring into GreenWhile fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.<div class="ExternalClass63CAE9EA6CE24433AD35C2A5CD7605F6"><div>Most of our native desert plants evolved in nutrient-poor soils and are adapted to grow without supplemental fertilizers. </div><div><br></div><div>Also keep in mind that many nutrients, especially nitrogen, encourage growth and can increase water needs. So consider skipping the fertilizer for native plants. However, non-native plants may need special nutrients to stay healthy in our soils. If this is the case, follow product label recommendations, and only fertilize established plants.</div><div><br></div><div>Spring is a good time to fertilize so that nutrients are available as many plants begin more active growth.</div><div><br></div><div>Learn how to fertilize from the Maricopa Cooperative Extension:</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1671-2015.pdf">Citrus Fertilization</a></div><div><a href="https://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/pubs/jul98p15-22.pdf">Turf Care and Proper Fertilization</a></div></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicessite/Lists/WAMCalendar/Attachments/24/pexels-photo-112640.jpeg4/21/2021 7:00:00 AM