Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.


Young Trees

The Sacramento Tree Foundation does not recommend the use of fertilizer when planting a tree. Trees will absorb nutrients better when the roots are no longer disturbed and are actively growing.

  • Use natural mulch instead. Bark chips work well.
  • Avoid the use of “weed and feed” mixes when fertilizing lawns near trees. They contain a broad leaf weed killer, which can damage or kill young trees.
  • Young trees may benefit from fertilizer after the first year. Determine the soil needs before starting on a fertilizing program by having soil analyzed.
  • If a young tree becomes stressed, do not fertilize. Decide what conditions are causing the tree to decline, and remedy the situation.