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Fertilizer recommendation for Shrubs and Japanese Maple

Fertilizer recommendation for Shrubs and Japanese Maple

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Old 05-10-08, 06:57 PM
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Fertilizer recommendation for Shrubs and Japanese Maple

Hello,

Planted new landscaping at my house approx. two years ago. The shrubs are entering their third growing season and doing very well. I'd like to provide some fertilizer for some added protection and improve their general health.

I have nandinas, holly, astilbe, otto luken laurels.

What should I use?? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

I also have a Japanese Maple which was planted last Spring.... what is good to use on this also (if anything).

Thank you!!!
 
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Old 05-10-08, 10:03 PM
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Slow release fertilizer is good for trees and shrubs. Applied early in spring it releases through the growing season. Never apply late in the season when they need to wind down for the winter. Read and follow label directions for application.
 
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Old 05-10-08, 11:43 PM
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I take the organic route and use compost, compost and more compost. It's great for the plants and the soil. It's a bit more work if you have mulch down, but over time it will improve the soil.

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Old 05-10-08, 11:50 PM
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I am a compost convert. Will never again buy my beloved cyprus mulch. Love the smell. Love the look. But, compost as a mulch can be dug in and you have an ongoing soil amendment program with organic material which provides nutrients to soil.
 
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Old 05-11-08, 12:17 AM
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Twelvepole, shredded hardwood mulch breaks down over time too. Planting intensly also helps to choke out the weeds. Glad you're a convert.

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Old 05-11-08, 12:45 AM
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Oh, I hate that red-dyed mulched pallet mulch, the red looks like a cheap dye job. My cyprus was so natural. I have been in rentals so long and out of the loop so long that my old research is lagging. I passed a commercial business the other day with the compost mulch and my radar went up. It's the way to go. Decomposition is much quicker to add organic material to the beds.
 
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