In this week's "Do it Yourself" tip, Jeff Hinz from Kirkwood Ace hardware tells us all about feeding the tree's in your yard.
What you see above the ground is kind of what you see below the ground. The roots reach out for food. You want to look for the drip line. And that's where the roots are hotting below the ground. Feeding here will help the root system in drought periods and also stabilize the root systems in strong storms. So first of all for deciduous tree's, we have what's called a deep root waterier. You add these cartridges for the specific type of tree you have and then stick this into the ground and turn on the water until the entire cartridge is dissolved.
For fruit trees, you want something that will last a little longer and that's where these food spikes come in. You just pound them into the ground, all around your tree, again around the drip line and it will help feed your fruit tree.
Finally for your evergreens, you can spray the food onto them. I use miracid because evergreens crave a more acid than other trees. You can also put some granules around the tree too. For the spray, you just turn on the water and spray directly onto the leaves and needles. You can also spray around the base of the tree.
One sign of lack of acid or food on your evergreens is the needles or leaves turning brown.