Monday, July 30, 2012
Fertilizing your Trees Fertilize your trees the second season after transplanting. It is best to have them “deep root” fed by a professional. If you choose to feed the trees yourself, a good general purpose fertilizer is 10-6-4. Sprinkle the fertilizer on the ground around the plant. Water it in slowly. Suggestion: Keep turf grasses away from the rootball. A good way to do this is to keep the area around the tree mulched so that no grass can grow. Turf grasses absorb a great deal of nutrients from the ground and will important nutrients from your trees - these nutrients are extremely important for a newly planted tree to grow well. Keeping this mulched area around your tree will also help you avoid bark damage done by lawn mowers and other garden machinery. A tree that is properly cared for is a happy and healthy tree. Show it a little love and it will provide you with beauty, shade, and habitat for birds and other wildlife! If you have any questions or would like our assistance, please give us a ring or contact us.
All plants need water to live. Generally, newly transplanted stock needs even more water. In heavy soils, water new trees thoroughly once a week. In light or highly porous soils, water more often. Use judgment regarding watering. If conditions are hot, dry, or windy, the trees will transpire much more, and will need more water. If there is substantial rainfall and/or the weather is cool, watering should be reduced accordingly until conditions are dryer. Caution: One of the most common causes of plant death is over-watering. You can literally “kill ’em with kindness.” So, be sensitive to weather conditions and water accordingly. Please call us if you are unsure 215-766-8733. Watering Guidelines for newly planted trees & Method of Watering • Lay the hose at the base of the trunk and trickle water on the plant. We suggest the following system: Adjust hose volume so that it fills an 8-ounce glass every minute. Put hose at base of tree for 24 hours. If water runs off away from the root ball, reduce the flow. (A general rule of thum is 3.75 gal. per hour, or 90 gals. Per 24-hour period. As a guideline, in hot, dry weather you want to water twice a week at this rate… in wet, cool weather, less to none.) • If leaves droop or appear to be drying, water the leaves with a fine spray. Never spray the leaves during the middle of the day when the sun is the strongest. Only water the leaves in the early morning, late afternoon, and evening. Leaf spraying should be done especially if it is hot, dry, or windy. This process will reduce transpiration of moisture and will help your new trees significantly. Duration of Watering • Continue to water flowering shrubs and shade trees until they are bare in the fall. • Continue to water evergreens even more, right up to Christmas or until the ground is solidly frozen Note: You need to water for a minimum period of 2 years, longer than 2 years is even better. Infrequent deep watering is better than frequent shallow watering.