We have just finished fertilizing and mulching our flowerbeds and now we will fertilize our trees and shrubs. We make sure that all of our plants and trees have the proper nutrients to stay healthy and beautiful. It seems that we are always concerned about flowering plants but tend to overlook trees and shrubs when it is time to fertilize. There are many fertilizers on the market for trees and shrubs; however, there are several considerations that you must keep in mind when choosing the correct tree and shrub fertilizer.
You should test your soil to ascertain what fertilizer would benefit your plants the most. If you choose not to test your soil, choose an all purpose fertilizer for trees and shrubs. Testing the soil will also determine if you need to fertilize some trees and shrubs at all – – those near the lawn may receive enough nutrients from fertilizing the lawn and soil tests will show this. Do not fertilize in August because this will create new growth that may not survive during the first frosts of winter. However, you do want to fertilize in the fall because roots are growing and will absorb the nutrients and store them.
Fertilizer spikes for trees and shrubs make fertilizing simple – – they are simply pounded into the ground with a hammer. There are spikes specifically designed for fruit trees, evergreen trees and one for trees & shrubs. These spikes are pounded into the grounds with a hammer in spring, midsummer and fall to provide optimal fertilization for your trees and shrubs. Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Co. and Jobe’s both have quality fertilizer spikes for trees and shrubs.
Miracle Gro is a well-known name in fertilizers and can be trusted for quality fertilizing products. These tree and shrub fertilizer spikes use Micromax nutrients to ensure that trees and shrubs receive a complete mixture of nutrients for the entire season. The spikes are quick and easy to place in the ground and keep your trees and shrubs in great health.
Scotts Evergreen, Flowering Tree & Shrub Continuous Release Plant Food is a great tree and shrub fertilizer. It takes a little more work to apply than the fertilizer spikes; however, it is as simple as sprinkling and lightly raking. This fertilizer must be applied every two months during the growing season but will result in a stronger root system and great growth. This fertilizer is for all trees and shrubs so it is a good multi-purpose fertilizer to have for your yard.
My neighbors refuse to use any products in their yard that is not organic. They prefer to use Jobe’s Organic Tree Fertilizer Spikes to deliver the proper nutrients to their trees and shrubs without using chemicals. The organic tree and shrub fertilizer spikes are easy to use, as with the other spikes, and provide quick absorption since they are placed into the ground. For anyone wanting to use organic fertilizer, Jobe’s is an excellent choice.
Bayer Tree and Shrub Granules offers a unique advantage that other tree and shrub fertilizers do not offer – – it kills insects and feeds. In one application, this tree and shrub fertilizer kills insects for twelve months with one application. At the same time, this product offers nutrition to your trees and shrubs so that you are able to feed and protect your yard at the same time. For those that have problems with insects, Bayer is the solution to your problem.