Luckily, most of our native desert plants evolved in nutrient-poor soils and are adapted to grow without supplemental fertilizers. 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.

Spring is a good time to fertilize so that nutrients are available as many plants begin more active growth.

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