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Question: I have planted 4 Red Maple trees this last spring. I have not fertilized them yet. When should I do this & what kind of fertilizer should I use? Winter is coming on. Is there anything I should do for them to withstand the winter? Also, I just planted a pecan tree out of my mom's flower pot that the squirrels had planted. Will it grow & is the anything I need to do for it? Thank You,

Answer: Marsha,

Wait now until late winter to fertilize as you don't want to encourage late season growth. The pecan should grow but you need to be sure the tree did not have a root encircling the flower pot as that would end up girdling (strangling) the tree in time as the root and trunk grow in diameter. It would be better to cut the root now and replant the tree.

You should not need to do anything to protect the maples over winter.

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