Grow it Green: Fertilizing trees, shrubs


70’S TO MID 80’S. LET’S HEAD TO GROW IT GREEN.>>WELCOME TODAY’S GROW IT
GREEN. WE ARE AT BROOKDALE FEW — FRUIT
FARM. NORMALLY, WHEN I THINK ABOUT
FRUIT, I ASSUME I AM THINKING
ABOUT SPRING TIME, BUT YOU SAY
WE DO IT IN THE FALL AS WELL.>>FALL IS A GOOD TIME TO
FERTILIZE TREES AND SHRUBS AND
YOUR LAWN. RA WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS IN
TERMS OF FERTILIZING FALL AS
OPPOSED TO SPRING?>>FALL IS A GREAT TIME FOR ROOT
GROWTH. IF YOU ARE FERTILIZING NOW WHEN
THE SOIL TEMPERATURE IS BETWEEN
60 AND 40 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT,
PLANT IS PUTTING ON ROOTS AND
STORING NUTRIENTS ARE USED IN
THE SPRING. — FOR USE IN THE SPRING. RAY: IF I HAVE SOMETHING THAT
HAS NOT DONE WELL THIS SUMMER,
IS PUTTING FERTILIZING DOWN
GOING TO HELP SAVE IT?>>BASICALLY, BIG MISNOMER,
MISINFORMATION, IS THAT
FERTILIZER IS PLANT FOOD. PLANTS MAKE THEIR OWN FOOD. THEY JUST NEED THE NUTRIENTS
FOR PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND GROWTH. IF YOU HAVE A PLANT THAT IS SICK
AND NOT GROWING WELL, PUTTING
FERTILIZER ON IT IS NOT
NECESSARILY GOING TO SOLVE THE
PROBLEM. RAY: ARE THERE SOME THINGS I
SHOULD NOT FERTILIZE IN TH FALL
?
I WOULD STICK TO YOUR
ORNAMENTAL TREES AND SHRUBS. THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN PLANTED
WITHIN THE LAST FEW YEARS OR SO
WILL BENEFIT THE MOST. STAY AWAY FROM FERTILIZING YOUR
FRUIT TREES. WAIT UNTIL SPRING FOR THOSE. RAY: WHAT ABOUT PINES? DO THEY DO ANY GOOD?>>THEY CAN GET A LITTLE
EXPENSIVE. WHAT I PREFER CHOOSING A GOOD
ALL-PURPOSE FERTILIZER THAT HAS
A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF SLOW
RELEASE NITROGEN. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE LABEL, IT
WILL SAY WATER INSOLUBLE
NITROGEN. RA IN TERMS OF PUTTING IT
DOWN, DO I WANT TO PUT IT CLOSE
TO THE BASE? WHERE IS THE PROPER PLACE TO
FERTILIZE THESE PLANTS?>>YOU WANT TO FERTILIZE ALL
UNDERNEATH THE PLANT UNTIL THIS
AREA AT THE EDGE AM A WHERE MOST
OF THE ROOTS WILL BE. RA PUT YOUR FERTILIZER DOWN
NOW AND MAYBE THAT WILL KEEP YOU
FROM HAVING TO DO IT IN THE
SPRING. YOU ALSO CAN ENJOY PLANT GROWTH
IN THE SPRING. THAT

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