The Q&A Archives: fertilizing clevland select pear trees

Question: when and what type of fertilizer to use on clevland select pear

Answer: For a really detailed fertilizer recommendation you would need to run some basic soil tests and then work from there. Your local county extension should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results in terms of growing a Cleveland Select pear. If your tree is surrounded by lawn grass that is fertilized you may not need to fertilize it at all. (Too much fertilizer is actually no better and maybe worse than too little.) Otherwise you can use a general purpose granular fertilizer such as 10-10-10 per the label instructions. An annual top dressing of compost along with a year round layer of mulch will also help feed the soil. Use an organic mulch about three inches deep in a flat layer over the root area, but do not allow it to touch the trunk or bark. Enjoy your tree!

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