Add any fert at time of planting?

Discussion in 'Fertilizers, Pesticides and Diseases' started by ron mexico75, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Not sure if this is the correct forum to place this or over in landscape maintenance?

    I have a job tomorrow where I'm planting several 5-6 foot B&B Green Giant arborvitaes. I have never added any fert at time of planting before so that's why I'm asking if it's a good idea, bad idea, or doesn't matter either way. I want to know if anyone does this or recommends mixing in a liquid fert while watering in and back filling?

    Like a root simulator that reduces transplant shock such as a 4-10-3 or even a super phosphate 0-45-0? Like I said, I usually just plant and then water in with nothing else. Is there a real benefit to adding what I mentioned or is it recommended to do it at certain times of year depending on when you plant?
     
  2. OP
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    ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Well....I might just go with a 3-10-3 that I found. Says it helps reduce transplant shock and stimulates early root formation.
     
  3. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ime usually no fertilizer in the hole
    Best thing is to take the cage and burlap off
    Use compost when backfillingThumbs Up
     
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    ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yeah that's probably better. That's what I do all the time. Not sure why I'm was thinking of adding this stuff.

    However, I quoted this job without compost, just the native soil as back fill.
     
  5. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    How many?
     
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    ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
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    (9) 5-6ft b&b.
     
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  7. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    1\2 bag black cow per tree be about $25
    If you want to fert give a sprinkle on top and
    watering them in Thumbs Up
     
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    ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yeah good idea. That's what I usually use anyways. Not sure what I was thinking when I didn't include that in the quote.
     
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  9. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good compost, tried and true peat moss always work well. I like Sustane 4-4-4 w/mycorhizae if you want a bagged "fertilizer""
     
  10. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Silver Member
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    Earthworm castings
     

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