Spring Fertilizing! 🌿πŸ’ͺ // Garden Answer

hey guys good morning so today is

fertilising day at my house this is

always kind of a big project in early

spring to get everything fertilized get

it off to the best start possible so I'm

going to show you what I'm going to use

and kind of my process and my schedule

of fertilizing throughout the year so

today I'm going to be working on trees

shrubs and perennials mostly the only

thing I'm not going to be fertilizing is

bulbs because they're coming up right

now all my tulips and daffodils are not

blooming yet but we usually wait until

after they're done blooming to fertilize

those and then I don't have any annuals

yet so I won't be doing any annual of

fertilizing and then when I plant

anything brand-new including my

vegetable garden I always add a starter

fertilizer the bio tone in so I'm not

going to be using that today either

so to fertilize an early spring you do

want to make sure to wait until your

plants are actually starting to wake up

to where you're seeing little green buds

on the branches because that means that

your plant is actively starting to grow

so it will actually utilize the

nutrients that you are putting down for

it if your defer ttle eyes too early

like when the ground is still frozen

when you're getting a lot of rain a lot

of that fertilizer can be washed away

and it's kind of a little bit of a waste

so you do want to make sure to like wait

until it's a good time so right now

we're getting toward the end of March

everything in my garden is starting to

come alive it's a great time of year so

I'm actually starting kind of in the

front corner of our house I have my

wagon all loaded up with goodies so let

me show you what I'm using today so I've

got all my tones here that I'm using

today but Halle tone which I'll be using

mostly on evergreens rose tone obviously

for roses and any flowering shrubs plant

tone I'll be using for like foliage type

perennials so hostas and things like

that rose stone will also be using on

flowering perennials and then tree tone

for any of my smaller trees we typically

don't fertilize big trees unless they're

having a problem we do work with a spa

McWhite a bit and I've been using their

stuff in my garden for years in my old

garden in this garden my parents have

been using it for as long as I can

remember it does have a smell in fact I

would be a little suspect of a

fertilizer that didn't have a smell

usually that means it's full of really

good stuff it does not last for very

long so you apply it get it watered in

and it pretty much goes away within a

day or two and I love that it's organic

because it's a slow feed and you really

cannot hurt your plants with it you

can't overdo really I do use this very


scientific measuring device right here

this measures out about two cups ish so

I try to get it fairly close but if

you're a little under or a little over

on your dosage you don't have to worry

about it with these because they won't

burn anything and one thing that like

term that I thought I went through out

there is a drip line because I see it on

a lot of different fertilizing bags and

things like that you want to put your

fertilizer around the drip line of the

plant not necessarily right around the

trunk let me show you so here's a cute

little spruce I planted last summer this

is a sherwood compact Norway spruce

it'll grow about 15 feet tall eight feet

wide the drip line of the root system

Falls where the outer most branches kind

of come out so when you apply your

fertilizer you don't put it right in at

the trunk you put it in kind of a circle

right underneath where those branches

are because the drip line is where the

most active roots are and where the most

active roots are those are the roots

that will take up the fertilizer the

best so anyway I thought I would throw

out that term other than that I just

follow the instructions on the back of

the bag so most bags that you look at

will tell you what to give whether or

not they're like new plantings or

established or if you're actually like

treating a whole garden bed so let me

show you that as well I also realize

they actually have a little picture of

the drip line so say that see how the

moat outermost leaves kind of fall here

that's where the drip line of your plant

is and then it gives you all the

instructions so for the evergreen tree I

planted last year I would say it's not

necessarily a new planting because it's

been in the ground for a year it's not

like super established but that's the

instructions I'm going to follow here so

for trees you do one pound three cups

per inch of trunk diameter so for this

one it's got a really small trunk so I

will probably just do like treat it like

it has a one-inch trunk diameter so I'm

gonna be applying three cups around the

drip line we've got a glove up real

quick so that's about two cups so I'll

have to come back for a little more but

just check this out in fact let me set

the camera up a little bit better here

so that's what it looks like right there

you can go in and scratch it in if you

want just so that you don't see that

line of fertilizer but all you have to

do is water it in after that and you're

done so let me show you another example

I have a perennial grass back here this

is a beauty you guys it's called totem

pole and it gets really tall I'm really

excited to see it grow in this area but

you can see that this one's a lot

smaller and I'm gonna use a different

fertilizer for it so we're gonna go with

plant tone for the grass and I already

check the instructions and it says to

use about one cup per plant now we can

expect big things from that grass this

year also if you have landscape fabric

in your beds it's ideal if you can get

down there and kind of lift it up to

toss your fertilizer in around the drip

line that way it'll act just like if you

didn't have landscape fabric the

fertilizer will reach the roots if you

can't do that and you've got like rock

mulch over the top of your landscape

fabric just put the fertilizer around

the base of the plant it will reach the

root system and it's better than not

fertilizing so basically this is what my

day looks like I'm just going to be

running around trying to get as much of

this done as I can I am a little bit

ahead though because I already went

through the garden and fertilized all of

our hydrangeas and I'm trying out

something different this year so it was

recommended to me by one of the growers

we work with to use the Rose tone

instead of Halle tone which is what I've

always used in the past so I'm excited

to see how they react to the Rose tone

and one other thing I did want to

mention is that we recently did a video

about pearlite versus vermiculite and

kind of the differences they're just

kind of more of an educational video and

there was a lot of comments in the

comment section about wanting to know

more about fertilizers and like the

differences of all of these and why we

use specific fertilizers for specific

plants so I think we're going to be

addressing more of that this year and

I'm hoping that will be helpful so

anyway I'm just gonna start fertilizing

I'm going to start with this area get

this all finished and then we'll move on

to the next


and if you have a flowerbed like this

one that's just chock-full of blooming

perennials that are just kind of

starting to pop through the ground a lot

of times I'll just take my little

container full of rosetone and I'll just

kind of sprinkle it around the plants I

don't really measure I just make sure

that everything's got at least a little

bit of fertilizer because I don't know

about you guys but there is no way I am

gonna trap through this bed and try to

fertilize every individual perennial

that's popping up in the ground that

would take me forever

well I've made it around two sides of

the house so far so I feel like I am

kind of getting through this pretty

quick but I have this whole line of

north pole arborvitaes behind me there

are 65 of them all together we planted

them two years ago just a battle be like

two years right in the middle of summer

and they've done super super well but

we've been really diligent with the

fertilizing but I wanted to mention that

for arbor vitae sandbox woods you should

use plant tone rather than Holly tone

even though the Holly tone bag says it's

for evergreens because the arbor vitae

sandbox was just react better to the

plant tone so I thought I would mention

that before I start fertilizing and for

this type of I'm calling these shrubs

because they're not they're not really

big trees yet you do 1 cup of the plant

home for every foot of branch type of

diameter of the shrub and these are

about two feet or so maybe a little bit

bigger than two feet so I'll do like a

heaping 2 cup worth for every single



all right all of the Arve vine is done

which always feels really good that

seems like it's the biggest project of

fertilizing on our property but I do

want to talk about you can see right

behind me there are containerized

juniper topiaries so what do you do with

the shrubs and perennials and things

that you hold over in pots well there

are instructions on the back of the bag

that tell you to give him one teaspoon

of fertilizer for every three inches of

pot diameter which these are about 20

inches so I'm going to go at about 7

teaspoons and you just sprinkle it

around the edge of the pot and water it

in so let's go do that and with these

I'm going to be using the Holly tone

because they are junipers not arbiter

boxwoods so I'm kind of eyeballing this

I've got about what I think is close to

what I need and so you just sprinkle it

right along the exterior of the pot like

so and just one more pinch for good

measure and then let's go grab the hose

and water it in

and these will have been living in these

containers I think for maybe this is

their third season

I don't know they've done really really

well right here

and it's pretty much the same

instructions for whatever fertilize

you're using if you have a rose in a pot

or perennials you do the one teaspoon

for every three inches of pot diameter

and now these right here I'm actually

gonna be under planting here in probably

the next couple of months I'll be

planting them for summer so right now

they have a really good spring feed and

they can kind of get going and then once

I plant my annuals I will be coming in

with annual fertilizer and fertilizing

on a weekly basis so these will continue

to get food all season long but in

containers it's just different because

you're watering so often that you are

moving nutrients through that soil so

fast and plants are taking you know

annuals are such heavy feeders that they

utilize so much of the food that it's

okay for these plants to have that much

and the last thing I want to show you is

just another good example of perennial

so let's head to another area of the

garden all right here we are so you

might remember this area we planted this

up last year and I have a ginger wine

nine bark right back there which I will

be using some plant tone on then I've

got some of the stand by me clematis

that are in between all of these little

stakes right here cannot wait to see it

grow well you could already see it's

already putting on some spring growth

which is super exciting and then I have

orange smoothie day lilies that ring the

whole front side of this bed and as we

swing over later on in the season I

planted six at last roses in here and

another North Pole are provided to kind

of fill up this corner section so this

is the area where I just wanted to show

you perennial fertilizing so I've got my

rose and flower food here so what I do

is just come in again and sprinkle some

right around the drip line of the plant

just like that and so I'm going to be

doing that in this entire bed and that's

what it should look like after you're

done fertilizing you can see all the

rings of lighter colored fertilizer

around each of the plants until it's all

watered in

so that's pretty much all there is to

fertilizing I still have some left to do

in the garden but I'm just gonna work on

it for the rest of the day hopefully

I'll get it all done like I said the

only thing I won't be fertilizing today

are bulbs because I'll wait till they're

done flowering to do that and then of

course annuals because I really don't

have much for annuals out and I don't

really fertilize my spring pots because

they're so short-lived I'll wait until I

pot them out in the landscape like the

things the bulbs and violas and stuff

that I have in there that are perennial

when I put them in the garden I will

fertilize them with the bio tone starter

fertilizer at that time and really the

only plant I avoid not fertilizing is

sedum so if you have any like perennial

sedum like especially the upright type

they do not prefer to be fertilized they

actually like really really crummy soil

so I just avoid those altogether and

there's really nothing else that I stay

away from and as far as my schedule goes

for the rest of the year in terms of

fertilizing for tree shrubs and

perennials I do them early spring I'm

like we did today and then I'll follow


maybe midsummer on some of my blooming

perennials because typically they've

gone through their first bloom cycle

I'll cut them back and then I'll go in

and give them a little bit more

fertilizer so it gives them a little for

the next bloom cycle and then everything

else I wait until late summer early fall

I just make sure that it's far enough

before the first frost to where if they

push any new growth it has time to

acclimate and it's not going to get

damaged by any wintertime temperatures

so that's it guys I hope this video was

helpful and we do plan on coming out

with some videos just talking more

specifically about each one of the

fertilizers and kind of going into

detail a little bit more so be looking

for those thank you guys so much for

watching and we will see you in the next

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