When Is The Right Time To Fertilize Shade Trees To Make Them Grow Faster?
By Jay Mclaren

As the season warms up and the days get longer, life returns to all dormant plants that have not grown through the winter. These plants as they start their new season of growth need warmth, moisture and plant food. Fertilizing fruit trees, shade trees, shrubs and evergreens should be done in the spring.

There are a number of ways of applying fertilizer to these plants. A liquid form of fertilizer watered onto the root area of any tree will provide fast feeding and be available immediately to the plants. Granular fertilizer is a second option. Granular fertilizer is sprinkled around the base of shrubs, trees and evergreens to provide more long lasting nutrients.

The third and one of the most satisfactory means of fertilizing is with fertilizer spikes. These spikes are made to be driven into the ground to provide a long lasting feed that gets immediately to the root system. Specially prepared nutrients that are balanced to suit evergreens, shade trees and fruit trees are available.

These spikes are driven into the ground at 24 to 30" spacings around the perimeter of the trees and shrubs at the outer branches. The feeding roots for these plants are in the approximate area of the drip line or the outer ends of the branches. By putting the fertilizer in this location it is available to the new feeding roots.

Fertilizer spikes will be easier to install if you have a small one-inch diameter tool to make a hole in the ground first. Then tap the fertilizer spike down into the soil. This fertilizer will last right through the growing season.

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