Fertiliser Spreading


Thursday 19 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Spreading the fertiliser is a slow and laborious job, taking the best part of four hours for the main orchard alone. It’s a decent job though, and one that I don’t mind at all, but glad it’s just once a year… 🙂




Using a bucket tucked under one arm, it’s just a matter of spreading fertiliser around each tree. I use between 2-5 kilos per tree (that’s 4-11 lbs), depending on the size. The spreading is only done at the leaf canopy edge as that is where the feeding roots are to be found.






Once spread, you end up with a white circle of fertiliser around the canopy perimeter of each tree, although it’s not easy to see on film!




Once each orchard is complete, a quick phone call and my man with a tractor turns up to plough it in before the sunlight reduces the affect of the fertiliser. We plough in four directions to ensure it’s all well mixed in, and also to reduce soil movement.






For the areas up near the house where I don’t take the tractor, i.e. the ‘house garden’, I just pickaxe a small trench under the canopy perimeter and add the fertiliser by hand, then recover and soak with a hose – it does the job!




And that’s that, the new season has begun….


3 thoughts on “Fertiliser Spreading

  1. joannesisco says:

    There is no end to what I learn from you. I didn’t realize that you should fertilize along the perimeter of the canopy.
    You are always interesting, Spike.


  2. Yvonne says:

    How did you learn to do all this stuff correctly?


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