Choosing the Right Tree Fertilizer

by Amy Gordon
(last updated December 30, 2015)

Trees are wonderful to have around the house for their many benefits. If you want to grow a tree, a good way to make it grow healthy and strong is to feed it fertilizer. Tree fertilizer is applied throughout the years in the spring and summer months. Several light applications is usually preferable to a heavy one. To apply, you just have to scatter the fertilizer around the soil at the base of the tree without having it touch the base of the tree. Then soak the fertilizer into the soil. The one main problem with fertilizing trees is choosing the right fertilizer. Read on if you want help with this important decision.

Tree fertilizers can really be broken down into two main categories: organic and inorganic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers are natural fertilizers that come from plant and animal sources. These fertilizers need to be decomposed by the soil, so they have a slower release time than inorganic fertilizer. The big advantage of using this kind of fertilizer is that it changes the condition of the soil. This is extremely helpful if your soil lacks nutrients, because as more organic material is decomposed by soil, the healthier the soil becomes. Over time, the soil will turn from something that is not very good for growing life, to something that is healthy for growth. This is a long change, however, so do not expect the soil to be instantly better.

The other option for fertilizer is inorganic fertilizer. These fertilizers are inexpensive and frequently used in gardening. These chemically manufactured fertilizers are great for a one time shot to the tree, but do not change the nature of the soil, so are only good if you do not need to soil to get healthier over time. These fertilizers come either in liquid or water-soluble form.

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Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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