planting peach trees in clay - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by herrtommy
January 22, 2010
peach trees that were planted a few years ago in clay soil had yellow leaves.
if i plant some peach trees this weekend, should i mix something in the soil before placing the tree in?
i read one article that stated the yellow leaves may be a low iron problem.

never added iron to a plant before, does home depot sell some type of iron product?

Answer from NGA
January 22, 2010


Ironite is a granular produce that you can broadcast beneath your trees 2-3 times a year to help keep the leaves of your peach trees green. It's available at Home Depot. Apply in amounts as recommended on the label which varies depending upon the size of your tree. When planting new trees it's best to backfill with native soil. If you amend the soil, the roots of the tree will remain in the amended soil rather than growing out into the native soil (can you blame them??). The result is that the roots can grow around and around and eventually strangle the tree. So don't amend the soil when you plant but do apply Ironite to help keep the leaves green. Best wishes with your new trees.

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