For newly planted
trees dig a hole twice the size of the root ball.
Thoroughly mix 1/4 Earthbank fish compost with the
removed native soil before planting. Further as an
added boost top dress with a 1 to 2 inch layer of
compost mulch around the base of the tree
immediately after planting the tree. Water
thoroughly and watering should be carefully
monitored in the first season until the tree is
established especially during dry spells.
For smaller existing trees simply top dress 1 to 3
inches of compost around the base of the tree
depending the quality of the soil, whether the
tree requires heavy feeding, and your objectives.
For larger trees it is only necessary to provide
the compost in a ring around the drip line of the
tree for effective utilization of the compost.
This ring can be anywhere from 2 to several feet
wide depending on the size of the tree. Most of
the tree's feeder roots are in this area and are
near the surface where the compost is placed.
Again, application rates can range from 1 to 3
inches depending on the quality of the soil and
the needs of the tree.