It’s time to feed your plants!
Early April is when the irrigation water come back online is a great time to feed you trees, shrubs, and perennials.
For your plants you can use granulated fertilizers or fertilizer spikes. Which ever is easiest for you to apply. I find it faster and easier to use granulated; this is mainly because I have a lot of shrubs and my soil is very rocky. I just measure the size of plant and give it the appropriate amount listed on the label and then onto the next plant. Once I am done fertilizing I run my irrigation system to activate the fertilizer.
Three of my favorite plant foods for trees, shrubs and perennials are the Fertilome Azalea, Camelia and Rhododendron Food, the Fertilome Start n Grow and the G&B Paradise (organic). The Fertilome Azalea, Camelia and Rhododendron Food is great for plants that like acidic conditions like Rhodies, Dogwoods and Maples; you apply this one three times a year April, Memorial Day and Mid August. The Start-N-Grow is a good universal plant food full of trace elements that you only have to apply twice a year April and July. Paradise is a granulated organic fertilizer that is full of enzymes and trace elements to feed plants, apply in April, June and August. Any of them will yeild happy well fed plants!