Fertilizing Organic Citrus Trees
I am new to this forum and I am trying to get some informed opinions regarding fertilizing my organic citrus trees.
My in ground citrus trees have been in the ground between 2 and 5 years.
I spent a lot of time, energy and money trying to create good organic citrus growing soil out of hard compacted clay. Hundreds of pounds of gypsum and various organic amendments were added to the soil and the planting holes.
My fertilizing program for the last 4 years has been organic fertilizers worked into the top soil concentrated around the drip line. Last year I used a product called Dry Crumbles which worked well but caused my dogs to dig holes in my landscaping. It is probably the chicken manure and/or the bone meal contained in that product which is attracting them.
This year I am considering a hybrid fertilization strategy using half strength Foliage Pro on the leaves and then using organic cottonseed meal in the soil to stay consistent with organic farming. I believe cottonseed is around 7-1-2 and slightly acidifies the soil which citrus might like. I am also hoping cottonseed meal will not attract my dogs as much as manure and bone meal based products and would be less harmful to them if they actually ate it.
Any suggestions or friendly critiques would be appreciated. jon