What can I do to keep my trees healthy?
Good maintenance practices including pruning are more often better for trees than a blanketed application of fertilizer. Other practices include keeping the tree well-watered during the summer months and in fall just before freeze-up. Using organic mulch (without landscape fabric) beneath the tree and extending beyond the drip line as much as possible has a number of benefits. Compost applied annually to the surface or incorporated into the soil has advantages over synthetic granular fertilizers. The key to having healthy trees is to evolve your landscape into a healthy soil ecosystem, which could take a few years to see results. This is where organic mulch and compost fertilizer are important.