Sunday, June 3, 2018

An Easy Tip to Help Keep the Trees on Your Property Healthy - A Personal Review

Our Backyard Trees - Kept Healthy with this Easy Tip
About ten years ago, while visiting a client, I had to know how in the world they were able to get the massive trees on their property to stay so healthy and look so beautiful.

He pointed to the neighbors trees across the street and said, 'when we first purchased this house, these trees looked just like those'. And 'Those' weren't very nice at all. 

I asked him, 'what did you do?'

Here's the tip he passed along to me, and we've been using it ever since for the trees in our yard.

He said, every spring and fall, we put Evergreen Fertilizer Spikes around all of our trees.

'That's it?' I asked.

He was adamant, 'yep, just put them in and forget it'.

'How long before you saw results?' 

He said it was by next year that the trees had a new life.

Our Home Has so Many Trees, I Had to Try This Product

When we purchased our home over 20 years ago we hand planted over 50 Cedar Trees in our
A Closer Look at the Health of Our Trees
from Implementing this One Tip
backyard, and in the front yard put a Blue Spruce, a Birch Tree and an English Oak Tree, along with shrubs.

As the years went on I noticed that the cedar trees in the backyard were looking a little rough, and knowing that sparse Cedar Trees aren't attractive, an immediate solution was in order.

For some reason my mind believed that caring for trees would be complicated. Wow, was I wrong!

I highly recommend using Fertilizer Spikes to care for your trees. Our experience has been fantastic.

Not being a tree expert in any way shape or form, I simply had to trust that this product would do the job.

You can find Fertilizer Spikes at just about any hardware store or The Home Depot or of course, online. 

I'm not fussy on any particular brand. The only thing I look for, for our trees, are spikes that say 'Evergreen'. There are various fertilizer spikes for different types of trees and shrubs. Just pick the ones you need based on your trees/shrubs.

This year I added another fertilizer spike to the mix, one that was for both Evergreens and Flowering Shrubs.

How Do You Put Fertilizer Spikes in the Ground?

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. That's how :)

The ones I buy come twelve in a pack, with two plastic tops to use to hammer them in the ground.

It's like making Elephant Pudding (tee hee, an old elephant joke) - simply follow the directions on the package.

I use three boxes, that's 36 spikes for the backyard, and this year I used 30 spikes for the front yard. Some of the front yard spikes were for flowering shrubs.

Also, they say to use the spikes for spring and fall and I've only ever put them in the ground in the spring. However, I think this year I'll put them in the ground again in the fall.

I've put some of the product choices below, but as mentioned above, I'm not dedicated to a particular brand. Each year I just grab whatever is on the shelf at the local hardware store. I have used both brands featured below, and both were fine. I don't have a preference.




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5 comments:

  1. This is really an interesting tip, Barbara. At the Ace Hardware where I work we have a part time plant expert, Ed. Ed worked for 30 years for our local area agricultural extension office and now in his retirement shares his expertise with gardeners through the garden section of Ace. I've never met a more experienced and knowledgeable person in the garden/plant/trees arena than Ed and people come in to shop JUST to ask Ed their garden/plant questions. :) I'll have to ask him his opinion of these fertilizer spikes. I know how well my indoor plant, a Peace Lily, does using those little tiny fertilizer spikes, so can well imagine the outdoor trees liking the same attention.

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  2. Thanks Barbara for this great product review. Yes our trees and shrubs need our help and with these fertilizer spikes it is easy to give them the boost they need. Going to share this on my Weekend Gardeners FB page. The information is great!

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  3. Thank you for reviewing the tree fertilizer spikes! Have not heard of these and I need them!

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  4. We use the Jobes tree fertilizer spikes too Barbara! They are soooo much easier than any other kind of fertilizer. We started using them initially because we didn't want cow manure around the trees in our backyard since we have dogs that live in the house, but go outside to do their business.

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  5. I have used the Jobes in the past, but got out of the habit. That may be one reasons our trees aren't thriving anymore. Maybe I should go back to the spikes.

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