Answer: As a general rule of thumb, you should only apply fertilizer to plants when they're actively growing, not to make them grow. Since your hedge is just now being planted, all they will require is an adjustment period and about one-inch of water per week. Roots will continue to grow until winter weather slows them down, but they'll pick up the pace in the springtime. As the new plants become established they will begin to grow new foliage. At that point you can broadcast a complete fertilizer onto the soil beneath the branches. Use about 2 pounds per 100 feet of row. Use a product with a 12-6-6 or an 8-8-8 formulation to encourage foliar, stem and root growth.
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