What to fertilize my new trees with

scentofamuleApril 5, 2010

I am somewhat new to gardening/landscaping. I recently planted a few japanese ligustrum trees (65 gallon), a 65 gallon DD Blanchard and a 30 gallon bottlebrush (red cluster).

I was told by the tree farm to water these by hose for ten minutes a day for the ligustrums and magnolia. I have the following questions.

How often should I water the bottlebrush and how long?

Should I use a fertilizer on the trees and if so what and when should I use?

Thanks so much.

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marlingardener

We are in Texas (8b) so our experience may differ from yours, but we don't fertilize trees in their first year. Trees are settling in, getting feeder roots established, and generally adjusting to their new site. Fertilizer usually stimulates top growth, which is a stress on the tree under these conditions.
Watering deeply once a week is a very good idea, and ten minutes a day by hose doesn't seem like deep watering, but the guys at the tree farm ought to know. Bottlebrushes like moist soil, so a deep watering followed by enough watering to keep the soil moist but not soggy should make your beautiful tree happy.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 7:39AM
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