Answer: How disappointing about your tree! With ice cream, if one scoop is good, two is much better. But that is not true with plant supplements and fertilizers. More than the recommended amounts can easily burn plant roots, especially in summer's heat and/or soon after transplant, which "shocks" the plant anyway. At this point, don't apply any fertilizers to your trees, make sure they are well-watered, deeply through the root zone (as deep as the rootball when you planted it), around the entire canopy. A soil probe will help you determine how far water has soaked. It moves easily through wet soil but stops when it hits hard soil. If not already there, apply 3 or 4 inches of organic mulch to moderate soil temperatures and maintain moisture. Finally, your tree may have just experienced a strong case of transplant shock, and if watered appropriately, may bounce back.
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