Importance of Caring for Your Shrubs and Trees
Healthy Shrub and Tree Growth
Knowing how and when to fertilize your shrubs and trees will help to promote healthy growth and longer life. However, if you are in doubt on how to correctly maintain your green buddies, worry not. Our experts have a list of good practices to help you properly care for your investment.
Fertilize the Young Plants
The growing process of new plants requires a steady supply of nutrients. Shrubs and trees will perform at its best if they receive the right amount of nutrients needed to thrive.
Apply Fertilizer When Plants are Dormant
We highly recommend you apply fertilizer when your plants are dormant, as in the early spring or late fall. Fertilization helps to bring your shrubs and trees out of the dormant winter season, encouraging growth for warmer temperatures in the late spring.
Use Fertilizer Formulated for Woody Plants
Avoid using fertilizers that are not formulated for your woody plants. Your woody plants do not require the same amounts of nutrients as garden flowers or your lawn. Shrubs and trees need specific amounts of nitrogen (N), which stimulates leaf growth, and potassium (K) and phosphorous (P), which promote overall plant health and encourage blooming. Your best bet is a fertilizer with N content somewhere between 12% and 30%, and P and K levels somewhere between 3% and 12%.
Don’t forget the deep root fertilization. That will ensure that your green friends can absorb the essential nutrients in the fertilizer.
Fertilizer can do wonders to investment. However, there are other products and practices that you can apply to help your plants thrive throughout the year. Amending the soil with lime soil conditioner, watering properly, and pruning are just a few.
Need help caring for your shrubs and trees? The experienced professionals at Secure Lawn can help you. Please visit our website for more information about our care programs.