Feeding Trees, Shrubs, and Ornamentals
Trees, shrubs, and ornamentals are a fairly independent lot. For the most part, they can
take care of themselves. Even so, you shouldn't ignore them. Once in a while, these
self-sufficient plants need a little TLC from you, in the form of plant food. Here are a few
tips on how and when to feed them.
When to Feed
Your trees and shrubs use a lot of energy in the spring, pushing out flowers, leaves, and
seeds. They could use a feeding then. Also, if you feed your flowering shrubs after they've
bloomed, you'll encourage more blooms the following year.
How Much to Feed Your Trees & Shrubs
Your trees will tell you, if you know how to read the signs. If your tree has pale leaves,
feed it more. If it has gazillions of leaves, cut back. Mature trees rarely, if ever, need to