Shady Yard - Knowledgebase Question

westland, Mi
Question by kellyaogden
July 2, 2010
My backyard in Michigan is very shady, mostly due to many trees, especially oak trees. I have many perrennials that grow well, but don't get many flowers, mostly day lilies. I also have lilac bushes that won't bloom, even though they get a lot of sun in the spring, because the trees don't have their leaves yet. What type of fertilizer should I use to try to get more flowers.


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Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010

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Shade can keep plants from blooming but sometimes using a bloom booster fertilizer can help. These are specially formulated and have a low nitrogen, high phosphorus content. Look for a fertilizer that has "bloom booster" on the label, and a low first number but high second number. Apply according to label directions. Good luck with your garden!

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