Holly Tree Care

Asked May 29, 2018, 5:01 PM EDT

Six holly trees (ilex opaca), about two feet tall, were planted in my back yard in Harford County about three weeks ago. They have good Sun. What fertilizer should I use to help them grow and how should it be applied? Thank you,

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

Hollies do not demand a lot of fertilizer. Newly planted trees do not benefit from fertilizer. During the establishment period (up to two years) root growth is more important than top growth. Check soil moisture of newly planted trees and shrubs at least once a week. Soil that is moist or damp to the touch is fine. If the soil begins to dry out, water the plant thoroughly. Make sure mulch is no thicker than several inches and away from the base of the stems. See care of trees and shrubs after planting https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/trees-and-shrubs/post-planting-care