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Feeding and Mulching in Spring

As spring steadily warms up, your newly planted trees and shrubs will be leaving dormancy, and beginning to grow when conditions are right. While they’re first establishing themselves it’s especially important to keep them healthy and strong, so there is absolutely no better time to begin feeding and mulching your newly planted trees and shrubs.

Feeding and mulching are necessary to add nutrients and improve soil structure. As soil and air temperatures get warmer and daylight hours increase plants will start to display root and shoot growth. Important nutrients for the plant include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium as well as trace elements. The moisture available as well as the soil structure and acidity influences how these elements can be taken up by plants.  In spring, when plants start to grow, feeding with fertiliser ensures these nutrients are available.  Nitrogen is particularly important and is sometimes deficient in the spring, as rain can leach it from the soil over winter.

Garden compost and well-rotted stable manure can supply some nutrients but these are more important for improving soil structure, so a prepared fertiliser such as Growmore is recommended as a spring feed for trees and shrubs. This can be applied as a top dressing – scattered on the soil.

Organic mulches such as compost, well-rotted manure and leaf mould help structure by forming soil into crumbs and increasing spaces for air and water between them this improves drainage in wet soils, water retention in dry soils and makes nutrients more available to plants. You can dig an organic mulch into the first six inches of soil, or simply lay it on the ground and let the worms do the work!

Your plants need the help while establishing themselves, so whatever solution you choose, be sure they’re well supported throughout the spring period. As ever, feel free to contact us with any questions or queries you might have.

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