FERTILIZING INSTANT HEDGES
Soil enhancing, mulching and especially using a properly-applied fertilizer are integral hedge maintenance components, particularly with poorer soils.
- To maximize the health of the plant, choose a fertilizer for the specific variety used. We typically use different fertilizers for deciduous and evergreen hedges.
- A slow-release fertilizer is always recommended. These fertilizers ‘release’ their elements over time, allowing the plant to absorb the fertilizer more effectively.
- Slow-release fertilizers tend to promote much more even growth, making it excellent for hedges, which benefit height and width uniformity.
- Slow-release fertilizer significantly minimizes the likelihood of fertilizer burn.
- Fertilizers are easily applied using drop spreaders and broadcast spreaders: the former releases fertilizers in targeted locations, which is more precise, while the latter spreads fertilizers on a larger scale, which is faster. For small properties, application by hand is also a great option.
- Mulch is a great way to both reduce weeds and keep soil moist and nutrient-packed—mulch helps hinder water evaporation from the soil, enabling it to work well with installed irrigation systems.
- Mulch made from organic materials (typically bark, pine needles, paper, even straw) will eventually degrade into the soil, boosting the soil quality and nutrient-level.