How to Feed your Trees with Compost

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Learn how to feed your trees with compost to promote tree health and vigor in this free garden maintenance video. View Video Transcript

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Scott Reil

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Hi! I'm Scott Reil on behalf of I would like to talk to you about tree and shrub maintenance. I often get questions about feeding trees it seems a lot of people want to put in those plant food spikes and I'm not a big fan there are chemical fertilizer which means they are anaemia salt and I don't like to feed salt to plants cause they don't like it much. Another thing is rinses out of the soil really quickly so I prefer to use other old fashion method to fertilize. Now where do I want to get the fertilizer down to the roots of the tree now in this case my tree is surrounded by a lawn so I got to get that food passed my lawn who is a hungry feeder and the way that I'm going to do that is by poking holes into the ground pass the roots. Now I want to put these holes a couple of feet apart and I want to work them down to I'm almost feeling the sub soil there and then when I'm done and by done I mean working from here all the way out to the edge of the crown of the tree and even a little bit pass and I'm going to keep working radially all the way around my tree. When I'm done with that I'm going to want to come in with a good compost. Now good compost comes in a couple of different ways forms a nice fine compost that you could actually work down into those holes is a great way to go about it. I'm lucky I work somewhere we make liquid compost now liquid compost is basically good compost that we have rinsed all the biology off of and we get this lovely chocolaty brown liquor off the compost that has all the bugs, all the fungus, all the humic acids and everything that makes good compost worth while. By simply going alone pouring into the holes this is going to water right down through those holes, down to the root system I trayed that is going to strengthening the feeder roots, strengthening the soil biology around the tree and help feed with the nutrients that are hand here on the soil working with mother nature instead of against her. Working with mother nature is one of the best thing you could do for your tree to keep them healthy.