Feed Hungry Shrubs and Trees Now for Healthy Plants Later

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Fertilizing trees and shrubs encourages more blooms and healthy growth, but did you know it also helps them fight off disease and pests? Regular feeding improves their overall health, so they’re able to flourish.

First, find the right type of fertilizer. Then, feed your hungry shrubs and trees.

TYPES OF FERTILIZERS:

A soil test tells you what type of fertilizer your shrubs and trees need, and how much to apply.

If you don’t have a test kit, ask your Garden Center associate to help you choose the right fertilizer. (Learn more about soil testing.)

There are many kinds of fertilizers, including water-soluble, dry or granular, organic and inorganic. Organic fertilizers include bone meal and manures, while other fertilizers are made from chemicals. Inorganic fertilizers feed your trees and shrubs faster than organics, which need time to break down in the soil. 

UNDERSTANDING FERTILIZER BAGS: 

N-P-K refers to the ratio of important elements in a fertilizer or soil amendment. N, the first number, stands for nitrogen, which promotes leaf and stem growth. P, the second number, is for phosphorous, which helps roots, flowers and fruits grow. K, the third number, is for potassium, which improves overall plant health.

HOW TO FEED SHRUBS:

  1. Choose a fertilizer specifically made for shrubs and trees.
  2. Follow the directions to determine how much fertilizer to use for the size of your shrub.
  3. Be sure to fertilize established, as well as newly planted shrubs, at the proper time.

HOW TO FEED TREES:

  1. Choose a fertilizer specifically made for shrubs and trees.
  2. Follow the directions to determine how much fertilizer to use for the size of your tree.
  3. Fertilize the area under the tree’s drip zone, avoiding the tree trunk.
  4. Be sure to fertilize established, as well as newly planted trees, at the proper time.

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