Shumard Oak Growth - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by tphillips23
October 18, 2010
We bought and planted a Shumard Oak about 3 falls ago. Since then it hasn't grown very much. It blooms and turns green every spring but it is still very small. What can I do to encourage growth?

Answer from NGA
October 18, 2010
Shumard Oak trees have a medium growth rate which means once the roots are well established in your landscape, you should be seeing 12-18 inches of new growth per year. If yours is not putting out that much growth it may be struggling with water issues. Deep soaking is important. This encourages deep root systems which will make the tree less susceptible to summer drought. Next spring try feeding your oak by broadcasting a 5-10-10 or similar fertilizer beneath the canopy and scratching it into the soil. Adequate water throughout the growing season and an annual application of fertilizer should help your Shumard oak grow well. Best wishes with your oak tree!

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