Fertilizer advice for new trees

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by Gary D. Elsdon, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. Gary D. Elsdon

    Gary D. Elsdon Member

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    This fall I purchased and planted a chionanthus retusus and a styrax obassia. I am wondering what if any, and when if needed, should I use to fertilize each of these trees. They are about 6' in height, in well drained soil. What I am saying is: should I leave these plants alone to become established, or should I be encouraging root growth through some fertilization?
     
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    jimmyq Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I would suggest that if your soil is lacking you hould amend it to a reasonable level of nutrition. If your soil is not lacking, dont fix it. If you decide to fertilize consider a granular, time release or organic (non processed) nutrient and spread it throughout the drip line and not in small piles (and please dont use fertilizer spikes). For a complete soil test (basic or advanced) you can contact Northwest labs in Langley, it'll run you about $45 for the basic test and you need to provide roughly two cups of material.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Yes: sample your soil and have it analyzed before fertilizing.
     
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