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Fertilizing pecan trees

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Gary: On this episode of Lawn & Garden we're showing you how to fertilize pecan trees and john says you know it's really not that hard.

John: No, it isn't. You just have to do it and we have the tricks to show you. September-October are the best months to do it and then again in the spring; February-March. Twice a year on producing trees. Now you have a tree that is 12 inches or bigger you don't just put a few stakes in there or a few pounds of fertilizer. You put two pounds per every inch, so if you have a 12 inch tree you're gonna need to put 24 pounds of fertilizer on that tree.

We have several techniques on how to do it. You can use a post hole digger, or we have this earth auger you can use, you just hook it up to your drill, drill in, pour your fertilizer in. We have a special fertilizer for pecan trees with zinc in it, everything they need, we formulate it at the feed store, it's a great mixture, works well we've been selling it for a good fifteen years now. Pecan season this year looks okay. I don't think anything maybe fantastic.

GARY: So how does this earth auger work?

JOHN: Very easy, just drill your hole, bring your dirt up and then pour in your fertilizer. You want to fill up the hole with fertilizer and leave about a half inch where you're gonna pack it in with the dirt.

GARY: People say, why fertilize a pecan tree, I've never done that before? Does it make much of a difference?

JOHN: Big difference! Instead of waiting a year, for pecans, sometimes you have to wait the following year. If you do it this way, twice a year, you have pecans every year.

GARY: Some people say, well my tree makes pecans every other year. Will this take care of that?

JOHN: Definitely, you gonna have pecans every year. All the big pecan orchards, that's what they do. Fertilize'em good. They wanna make money! So they're gonna put it in.

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