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Shrub Fertilizing???

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Collegepro, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. Collegepro

    Collegepro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    For all of you that do this maybe you can help me....Do you all go by a 4-5 cycle system, or do you just do it once or twice a year? I have heard that you need to use one cup per shrub....but I was just wanting to get ideas of the people that do fertilize shrubs...thanks
  2. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    If shrubs look healthy and are putting out a normal amount of new growth each year you should not fertilize them at all. Under most conditions fertilizer should only be applied if the plant is showing deficiency symptoms or has just been transplanted. Adding un-needed fertilizer can produce excessive, succulent growth which can predispose the plant to disease or insect attack.

    If conditions warrant fertilizing use a slow release form such as Woodace tablets, Osmocote, or Agriform tablets. They will provide a gradual feeding over a whole growing season.
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    I am a big fan of soil test.
  4. Collegepro

    Collegepro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    ok thanks because I really did not have much info on that anything else from anyone else would be awesome..thanks
  5. titanlawns

    titanlawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    do you do your soil tests yourself or do you send them out? how do you do them if you do them yourself and whats the cost associated with it?
  6. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Soil can only be tested accurately by a soils lab. You can have them test for PH, macro and micro nutrients as well as get a soil profile. They cannot, however test for nitrogen as it is an ever changing material that would not result in accurate readings. Typically a shot of organic fertilizer when planted with some organic matter will be all most shrubs or trees will need in the form of fertilizers.As PSU has suggested, fertilizing can cause undue stress to the plants if they are doing ok in there current situation.

  7. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    For shrubs, soil test for sure unlike grass to much or at the wrong time will kill a shrub. Look for moss around the shrubs and lawn if you see some check PH for acidity. Acidity is one of the most common causes of shrubs dying.

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