While some soil aeration and fertilization is recommended for the entire period between the
beginning of spring and the middle of fall, the best time to prepare for soil treatment for the following year is around the end of fall, when the soil is not frozen yet, but the plants have entered their dormancy phase. Here are some of the things that are best done in fall:
- Aeration and turning – if you have grass in your garden, fall is the best time to aerate your lawn by poking holes into the soil to make it looser and to facilitate the access of nutrients to the roots. If you have a garden, fall is the best time for turning the soil around – the process will increase fertility and will reduce the amount of weeds as well;
- Fertilization – fall is also the best time for fertilizing your lawn as well as your garden soil. Whether you use manure, compost, organic and synthetic fertilizer products, add your fertilizer while the soil is still warm, but your plants have already gone to sleep and follow up with copious watering to allow the nutrients to reach the deeper layers of your soil and to do their job.