The Espoma Organic Holly-Tone Plant Food is an all natural plant food that has bio-tone microbes. It features a long lasting natural organics that breaks down slowly so the plants can have steady and continuous feeding. While providing enough nutrients and making the plants establish more and maintain its color, this product helps any garden be healthy and beautiful for a long time. This product is safe and it would not burn the soil since it's low in salt. There is no need for mixing and leaves no mess on any outdoor setting. It's available in other bag sizes (8,18 and 35) while this specific product weighs 4 lbs. Feed your evergreens and other acid loving plants with this organic plant food and see them grow with bigger blooms and deeper roots.
Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball so that roots can spread naturally. Remove 1/3 of the soil and replace it with compost, peat moss or humus. Mix 1 cup of Holly-tone into amended soil. Place the plant in the hole so that it sits at the same depth it was previously growing (use soil mark on the trunk as a guide). Fill the hole halfway with amended soil. Pack the soil firmly, soak it with water, and allow it to settle. Finish filling hole leaving the top two inches loose for easy absorption of water. Make slight depression around the plant to help hold water. Add mulch to help conserve water, slow down evaporation, and control weeds. Keep well watered until plant is established.
For Established Plants:
Feed acid-loving plants twice yearly - Spring and Fall. Use half the recommended rate in the Fall application. If the area to be fed is mulched, it is preferable to remove the mulch, feed and then restore the mulch on top of the plant food. If this is not possible, double all recommended feeding rates.
Sprinkle 1 lb. (3 cups) per inch of trunk diameter around drip line of plant (area under and slightly beyond branch spread). Triple the quantity for diameters 3 inches and over. For larger trees, make a series of holes under the branch spread starting 1/3 of the distance out from the trunk and extending a similar distance beyond the branch line. Holes should be 2-3 inches in diameter, 2-3 feet apart, and 12-18 inches deep. Divide the Holly-tone evenly among the holes and fill the remainder with soil. Water thoroughly.
Sprinkle 1 cup of Holly-tone per foot of branch spread (diameter) around the drip line of the plant (area under and slightly beyond branch spread). Double the quantity if branch spread is 3 feet or larger.
For new beds, mix 10 lbs. of Holly-tone per 100 sq. ft. into the top 4 inches of soil. For established beds, mix 5 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
Mix one part Holly-tone to 30 parts potting soil when planting. Feed established plants 1 teaspoon of Holly-tone for each 4 inches of pot diameter.
Is Espoma Holly-Tone Plant Food 4-3-4 a fungicide that can be used to treat Douglas Fir Trees?
Yes, Espoma Holly-Tone Plant Food 4-3-4 is labeled to be used on many tree varieties including Fir trees. According to the Fact Sheet provided by the manufacturer for trees, Use 1 lb. of Holly-tone per inch of trunk diameter. Triple the quantity for diameters three inches and over.