Fertilizing Pear Trees
Many gardeners wonder what is the best way to fertilize pear trees. Actually, the fertilizing will not be very hard since you don’t need any special fertilizers. Pear trees can tolerate moist soil well and they are happy to grow in well-drained soil. There are a number of fertilizers to choose such as compost or commercial mix. You can also use a mixture of these fertilizers to apply to the soil. You should get some information what type of fertilizers should be used beforehand.
A commonly used fertilizer for pear trees is ammonium nitrate fertilizer. This fertilizer is slightly acidic and it can decrease the PH value into around 6. This PH level is suitable for the growth of the pear trees. You should only apply fertilizers if the soil is not well fertilized before. You should also measure the growth of your pear trees each year to judge if you need to decrease the amount of fertilizer.
For young pear trees, you should use around 1/2 cup of balanced fertilizer for each year in the first four or five years. The mature trees need about 2 cups of fertilizers per year. You should remember to decrease the PH value to around 6 to make a suitable environment for your trees. If you do some pruning work for your trees, you need to decrease the amount of fertilizer. Keep an eye on the growth rate of the tree per year. Remember to decrease the application of fertilizers if the tree is growing too quick. Too quick growth rate may result in some bacterial diseases which will weaken the health of the trees.
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