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Tips on Fertilizing Trees

»Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Tree Service | 0 comments

Fruit trees, like flowers, vegetables, and other crops, need excellent nutrition to grow and generate an abundant yield. It’s important for you to know how much you should fertilize the trees in your backyard and when you should do it. 

Below are some tips and tricks on how you can go about it. Fertilizing trees must be one of the most neglected duties of tree owners, thinking that their trees are capable of getting nutrients from the soil on their own. Follow the steps below to ensure that your tree is well-nourished at all times.  

1. Know when you should fertilize the tree 

Even if you don’t know it, there’s a perfect timing to follow when it comes to fertilizing trees. Fertilize them just before the bud breaks. That’s the perfect timing that you’re looking for because it’s the time when the trees are starting their yearly growth cycle and take the most quantity of nutrients from the soil. You may fertilize one month before it occurs or until June if you miss it. Just time it when the leaves of the trees are starting to bloom. 

However, never fertilize in late fall or summer because frost will damage whatever growth the tree puts on. If it’s too late but you want to fertilize your tree, use mulch and compost and then dress the top with soft rock phosphate. Do not use nitrogen fertilizers at all. 

2. Decide if the tree needs fertilizers  

Not every fruit tree requires fertilizer every year. They also don’t need fertilizers in similar quantities. Depending on different variables, the need for fertilization may alter each year so be sure that you measure and evaluate the needs of your trees annually. 

3. Determine how much fertilizer is required  

Adding too much fertilizer leads to the growth of many shoots and leaves, but there won’t be a lot of fruit. Doing so might even render weak trees as they are growing too fast will develop a lot of broken branches later during its lifespan. 

Adding an amount of little fertilizer may lead to underperformance and slow growth. It means that when the harvest time comes, you won’t get the number of fruits that you expect. If you don’t fertilize fruit trees that are cultivated in poor soil, then they will suffer from nutrient deficiencies and bad health. These trees are also less capable of fighting pests and illnesses. 

Consult with the Experts  

Fortunately, fruit trees are nice enough to tell you what it is that they ultimately need. Just get a tape measure to take their winter and early spring measurements. That’s the time that they’re dormant and before they grow for the next season. 

Even so, there are experts that you can always consult with when it comes to fertilizing trees. They are going to help you a lot in deciding how much fertilizer your tree needs, when the best time to fertilize it, and what else you need to do to ensure that it will grow healthily now and throughout its lifetime.  

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