Q. How do I care for trees? I need to transplant some small bare-root ones, and I want to properly feed the other trees in my yard.
A. If you are transplanting small trees, you need to do the following: Dig a hole 8-10″ (20-25 cm) wide and deep. Make a Pre-Plant mix with 5# (2 kg) lime with 1 ounce (28 grams) of borax. Mix 6 ounces (170 grams) Pre-Plant mix with the soil going in the hole. Plant the tree. Wait 3 weeks, until the roots are settled and well established in the soil, then apply 1 to 2 ounces (28-56 grams) Weekly Feed to the soil around the tree, keeping at least 3″ (8 cm) away from the trunk. Apply Weekly Feed again in 90 days, and again in 90 days, watering thoroughly each time.
For established small trees, loosen the soil at the surface and apply 8 ounces (227 grams) Pre-Plant mix at the end of the dormant season. Larger trees should receive Pre-Plant once each year, in amounts equal to the Weekly Feed applications which follow.
Two weeks later, apply Weekly feed as follows: For a 1″ to 2″ (2 1/2-5 cm) diameter trunk – 8 ounces (227 grams). A 2″ to 4″ (5-10 cm) diameter trunk gets 1# (454 grams). And a 4″ to 8″ (10-20 cm) diameter trunk should receive 2+# (1 kg). After 90-120 days – when next year’s buds begin to form, repeat the above applications. Large trees of 12″ to 16″ (40-80 cm) diameter, would get 2# (1 kg) in 4 applications.