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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:34 pm    Post subject: Fertilise trees Reply with quote

Is it too early to fertilise trees and what is a good general liquid fertiliser
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes wait until growth starts and use a general purpose fertiliser not too high nitrogen something like 7/6/17
do trees really need fertiliser????
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A foliar feed of liquid seaweed (homemade, or maxicrop or similar) will do no harm once the leaves break; best applied in the early morning. You could also use this solution when watering. If you do decide to use an actual fertilizer, try to apply it just at the limits of the roots (outside the leaf canopy cover, watering is the same), as this will encourage the root system to develop. Feeding and watering directly over the existing root ball will encourage leafy growth without a corresponding root system to support it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
A foliar feed of liquid seaweed (homemade, or maxicrop or similar) will do no harm once the leaves break; best applied in the early morning. You could also use this solution when watering. If you do decide to use an actual fertilizer, try to apply it just at the limits of the roots (outside the leaf canopy cover, watering is the same), as this will encourage the root system to develop. Feeding and watering directly over the existing root ball will encourage leafy growth without a corresponding root system to support it.
most sites say put all round all the way out to where the roots will be
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:


do trees really need fertiliser????


All plants need fertiliser, some more than others. Depends on the soil. If there is pruning involved, then it's even more necessary. Especially hedges which have been trimmed.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry, I wasn't clear. Definitely pay attention to all the root system, but the most important part is the area just beyond the limits of the existing roots.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about http://www.aldi.ie/ie/html/offers/special_buys3_20701.htm for trees
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