Espoma Tree Tone

Espoma Tree-tone is an organic, slow-release plant food that can be used to add nutrients and beneficial microbes to the soil to improve soil quality and provide nutrition for trees and shrubs. It can be used for all fruit, shade, and ornamental trees, including apple, cherry, pear, plum, chestnut, hazelnut, walnut, dogwood, maple, magnolia, redbud, willow, and poplar.

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How to Use & When to Apply:

When planting new trees

Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball. Arrange the tree so it will be at the same depth as it was in the container or just slightly above. Fill half the hole with compost or organic peat moss. Mix the recommended amount of Tree-tone with the soil, and fill in the hole. Water, and allow the soil to settle. Fill in the remaining hole with the soil/plant food mixture. Finish by spreading 2 to 3 inches of mulch evenly around the tree’s drip line, keeping it 6 inches from the trunk.

Proper rates:

  • For a trunk diameter up to 1½ inches, use 4 pounds of Tree-tone
  • For trunks 2 to 3 inches, use 10 pounds of Tree-tone
  • For trunks over 3 inches, use 5 pounds of Tree-tone per inch

When feeding established trees

The amount of plant food required is determined by each tree’s trunk diameter. Measure the diameter of medium and large trees 4 feet above ground level.

  • For trees with trunks up to 2 inches in diameter, use 3 pounds (9 cups) per inch
  • For trees with trunks 2 to 4 inches in diameter, use 4 pounds (12 cups) per inch
  • For trees with trunks 4 to 6 inches in diameter, use 5 pounds (15 cups) per inch
  • For trees with trunks over 6 inches in diameter, use 6 pounds (18 cups) per inch

Sprinkle Tree-tone on the ground over an area equal to the tree’s root spread. This is the area directly under and extending slightly beyond the branch spread. Water thoroughly once complete.

Apply twice a year–in spring before new growth starts and in fall after leaf drop. Do not apply to frozen soil.

Pros to Using Espoma Tree-tone

  • Granular food can be spread over the entire root zone, unlike tree spikes
  • Can be used on shrubs and other plants, not just trees
  • Breaks down slowly over time for long-term feeding
  • Organic fertilizer nourishes soil and plants without adding extra chemicals
  • Fertilizing and adding organic matter to soil improves the quality of the soil, which in turn nourishes the plant

 Cons to Using Espoma Tree-tone 

  • Slow-release formula is not a quick fix for stressed trees that may need immediate help due to disease or insects
  • More expensive than other fertilizers (but worth it!)

 Available Sizes:

Espoma Tree Tone 4-pound bag

The 4-pound bag is the perfect size for planting a new tree or for feeding a small tree.

Espoma Tree Tone 36-pound bag

The 36-pound bag is the most economical size for planting or feeding multiple trees. Stored in a cool, dry location, Tree-tone will retain its effectiveness indefinitely.

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