When installing a fruit tree in your garden, your Harvest to Home Garden Specialist will place at least 12 inches of our special organic soil around it. This is a very high quality soil, specifically designed to enable fruit and vegetable gardens to grant a high yield season after season. It’s composed of key ingredients such as peat moss and pearlite (a volcanic glass that is mined and then heated in big ovens until it ‘pops’ into a round, white material), which creates a rich, aerated soil that retains water and improves drainage.
During transplanting, this soil will be mixed with a fertilizer imbued with beneficial bacteria that extends the roots so they can travel further (longer root systems mean bigger plants, which means more food). This provides an excellent method of fertilizing trees through the establishment period, which may take up to 1 1/2 years for larger boxed trees. This fertilizer will be balanced with an N. P. K. ratio of approximately 3-1-1 for the first 1-2 years. (The N-P-K ratio is the percentage the product contains by volume of nitrogen (chemical symbol N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).)
Maintenance Option: If you opt into one of our maintenance packages, your Garden Specialist will provide your fruit trees with light monthly fertilizer applications if planted in the ground (February – September). Meanwhile, container trees will be fertilized every two weeks throughout the year. After the first 1-2 years, they will transition to fertilizer that is balanced with N. P. K. ratio of 1-1-1.