For best results, Mackey's recommends:
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Eaton Tree Stake Kit - ADD TO ORDER
Everything you need to protect your young tree from wind and storm damage.
Coast of Maine Penobscot Planting Mix - ADD TO ORDER
For organic growers, this is a must! For others, your tree will appreciate you...
Provides ideal soil structure, nutrients, and microbial environment.
Use 1 bag per tree to mix with existing soil.
Dig hole 12 inches wider than the root ball and 2-3 inches deeper.
Optional, yet worth it.
Bonide Root & Grow stimulates early and strong root formation. Strong roots obviously help with the overall plant health, but also protect the tree from uprooting during storms and high winds. Fruit tree application requires 1.75 oz of Bonide Root & Grow.
Option 1 of 2. An organic fertilizer that is spread evenly under the tree spread (area under the branches). Newly purchased, younger trees will need about 6 lbs per application. As the tree matures, follow the application chart on the package.
Option 2: Jobes fertilizer spikes simplify fertilizing your tree. Per the Jobe's company, "Fertilizer spikes take the mess and guesswork out of plant nutrition." How? The spikes are pre-measured and slowly release into the soil to prevent over fertilization. Additionally, spikes are applies by hammering them beneath ground level, which prevents run-off. Fun fact: Jobes tree spikes are activated by the soil's fungal and bacterial activity (VERY COOL!).