Tree and Shrub Application Rates

A proper fertilization rate is key for healthy, green trees.
Tree Rates
Planting Type Application Rate Suggested Application
Established Tree 5 lbs per inch of trunk diameter Pour into holes (1” wide x 12” deep) spaced 2 feet apart along drip line.
Transplanted Tree ½ lb per feet of tree height Mix with soil at the bottom of the planting hole prior to inserting the transplanted tree. 3 months later, hand spread an equal amount of Milorganite under slightly past the drip line.

Drip Line

The drip line on a tree is a ring on the ground directly below the outer circumference of the tree’s branches. Water your trees along their drip lines instead of at the base of their trunks to prevent root rot. For deciduous trees, extend a few feet beyond the drip line.

Iron-Loving Trees

The Iron in Milorganite is especially good for trees, like oaks, that thrive with iron in their diet.

Shrub Rates
Planting Type Application Rate Suggested Application
Established shrub beds 5 lbs per 100 sq ft Scatter uniformly over the soil surface and work in with a hoe or rake. For individual shrubs, apply 1 lb of Milorganite per shrub in the root area.
Transplanting shrubs ½ lb per feet of shrub height Loosely mix with soil at the bottom of the hole prior to inserting shrub. 3 months later, hand spread 2 lbs of Milorganite under the plant and lightly rake into the soil.