Do you need to give your sycamore fertilizer? So you have an old, gnarled sycamore tree in your front yard and it’s starting to look pretty sickly. It wouldn’t make sense to keep planting its seeds there, would it? It’s time to breathe new life into this old friend by fertilizing the soil around it.
Should I fertilize my sycamore tree?
Yes, you can use fertilizer in sycamore trees. Fertilizers are made and sold for trees. If your tree is new and healthy and has not been pruned or treated with insecticides, herbicides, and/or fungicides then yes, it is a good idea to fertilize them more often than once every 2 years.
The sycamore is a deciduous tree that can spread and be a nuisance, especially if it grows too large. Some homeowners plant their sycamore and let it grow, not realizing that the dense foliage requires plenty of water to survive. While you want your favorite tree in your yard, don’t forget to water it occasionally as well.
What do you feed a sycamore tree?
Sycamores like to be fed and watered their way. They will tolerate a wide variety of feed products (such as bagged horse manure, wood shavings, and alfalfa pellets) but prefer high protein such as cottonseed meal or soybean meal. In winter you can plant your trees with a container of purchased compost and refill it regularly. Sycamore trees are not picky about the rate of consumption so avoid using a lot of fertilizer at once; this could burn them out.
How much fertilizer does a sycamore tree need?
Sycamore trees are among the most nitrogen-hungry trees in the world and need to be fed with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. The best time for fertilizing sycamores is in spring and early summer when their roots are beginning to grow.
Here’s how much fertilizer you should apply:
- 1 gallon of 5-10-5 is more than enough for a mature sycamore tree.
- 1/2 cup per plant per year (roughly) is what I use on my trees.
The most important thing is to not overdo it! If your trees get too much fertilizer they’ll start to grow too fast and eventually die back due to a lack of nutrients in the soil.
Where to apply fertilizer on a sycamore tree?
The best place to apply fertilizer is directly under the trunk of the tree. You can do this by using a fertilizer spreader or even your hands, but make sure you wear gloves. Apply any liquid fertilizers with a watering can or hose, not with a sprayer or spray bottle. The reason for this is that if you apply too much at once, it can burn the leaves of your sycamore tree.
You can apply fertilizer around the base of the tree and near the trunk. Apply it at a rate of one pound per 100 square feet of the tree canopy. This will help get the root system going strong, which is important for growth.1
If you have a small tree, you may want to use a fertilizer with lower nitrogen content. A good choice would be 10-20-10 or 15-30-15, as these don’t contain any nitrogen. You can also use an organic fertilizer if you want to give your tree some extra nutrition and make sure it has enough nutrients in its soil.
How to treat a sycamore tree?
Treating a diseased or damaged sycamore tree is usually best done by a professional arborist. The good news is that there are several ways you can help your tree recover from damage. Below are some.
- Remove dead branches.
- Plant new branches.
- Trim branches.
Remove Dead Branches
If a branch dies, it’s not necessary to remove it from your yard — just cut the branch back so that it’s no longer touching the trunk of the tree. This will prevent further infection and make it easier for your tree to heal itself.
Plant New Branches
If you have space for new branches, consider planting them near existing branches instead of removing them altogether. That way, you can ensure that new growth remains healthy and strong as it spreads out along its length.
Trimming dead branches of your sycamore tree can help prevent further decay and promote regrowth in areas where possible.
What is the normal measurement for applying fertilizer to sycamore trees?
The normal measurement for applying fertilizer to sycamore trees is 1 liter per tree per year.
This is the standard application rate for most types of plants and trees. It means that you should apply 1 liter of liquid fertilizer (generally a liquid fertilizer) per tree per year, and then repeat this every year. In other words, if you have 10 trees that need 1 liter each, you would apply 10 liters of liquid fertilizer each year, and then at the same time repeat this process next year.
A normal application rate is not always possible because not all trees can be watered and fertilized at the same time. For example, some trees need a lot more water than others, so if you want to water them all at once or give them all some extra nutrients in one go, then you will have to spread out your application over several days or weeks rather than taking care of everything at once.
Where do you apply fertilizer on a sycamore tree?
The best way to apply fertilizer is with a fertilizer spreader, which is a long stick with holes in it. You can buy these at any hardware store or garden store. A good fertilizer spreader will have spacers between each hole so you don’t get fertilizer all over yourself as you walk back and forth from the tree.
Once you have your fertilizer spreader, you need to find a spot on your tree where no branches or leaves are covering up the roots. You also want to make sure that there’s no dirt underneath where you’ll be spreading the fertilizer (if there is, dig some out so it’s level with other soil).
Once you’ve found an area on your tree that’s clear of leaves and branches and level with other soil, put down some newspapers or other protective material before spreading.
What is the duration of the season to fertilize a sycamore tree?
There is no “right” duration for fertilizing your tree. The length of the season depends on a lot of factors, including the type of fertilizer you are using and how much you want to add.
The main factor in determining when to fertilize a tree is how much light and water it receives. The amount of sunlight that reaches your tree will affect when you want to fertilize it, as well as how often you should do so. If the tree doesn’t get enough light, it won’t grow very well, but if it gets too much sun, then it can burn easily.
The best time to fertilize is right after a big rain event or right before an expected dry spell. If there are no signs of drought in your area yet, then fertilize around once a month during the growing season (June through October).
Citations Used in this Article
- How To Fertilize A Tree (treehelp.com)