This week, we are talking about how to fertilize your new trees and shrubs. We asked our experts on our tree nursery to share their tips:
4 Easy Steps to Fertilize New Trees and Shrubs
- Give trees a great start with fertilizer but make sure that you use a fertilizer specially formulated for newly planted trees and shrubs! Those new roots can be susceptible to fertilizer burn from using the wrong stuff.
- For new plants, I like to use water-soluble fertilizers or organic granular fertilizers that are specially formulated for new plants. They are lower in nutrients, lighter feeding, usually higher in P and K, and many have vitamin B1. This formation helps to stimulate early strong growing roots. Bonide’s Plant Starter, BioTone, Espoma Fertilizers are good examples. By the way, the same principle applies to new grass seeds.
- Be sure to use a starter fertilizer to help get those new seeds up and growing.
- Oh, yeah, and be sure to add some pine soil conditioner to the soil as you plant new plants! Highly recommended!
Don’t forget to properly water your new trees and shrubs. If you have any questions, please ask. Trees are a big investment. Click Here for our Watering Tips!
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