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Question: 786-2912
Can you give me some advice on fertilizing shade trees and planting under them? Matthew, Norwich, CT.

Mort's Answer:
Flowering trees need a higher phosphorus fertilizer. Leafy trees planted exclusively for shade need a higher first number to get more nitrogen. Using a crow bar at the leave drop to puncture holes in the ground, you can go down three to four feet deep. You will need one hole for each inch of trunk in a circle. Fill the holes with water first and later with the granular fertilizer. Shade plants like begonias, hostas, money plant and ferns will do well. Myrtle and pachysandra are also ground covers that will grow . Oak trees tend to discourage under growth. You will need to fertilize the plants underneath as well.

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