There is more than one method of fertilizing an established tree. Our preference is to spin spread under the dripline of the tree. The distribution width of most spreaders is 8-10 ft which, from under the dripline, would cover an area 4-5 ft outside the dripline and 4-5 ft inside the dripline. This is where the feeder roots are typically found.
Our recommended fertilization rate for most established trees is 1-lb of Pro-Gro 5-3-4 per 2-ft. of crown diameter. However, if the tree is a mature fruiting or flowering variety, we recommend Pro-Start 2-3-3 instead. See our Application Guide for more details.
If you are applying a liquid such as Stress-X, Good-4 Plants, or Organic gem, you will need to determine the area of the feeder root zone.
NOTE: Rates calculated below are per application. Maximum application frequency of Stress-X and Good-4 Plants is once per week. Maxium application frequency of Organic Gem is once every three weeks.