Elms should be fertilized once or twice a year.
However, not just any fertilizer will do and using the wrong type of
fertilizer can actually increase the chances that your tree will contract
Dutch elm disease. Avoid standard "one-size-fits-all" lawn and turf fertilizer. In
particular, fertilizers that release large amounts of Nitrogen quickly
into the soil can encourage structurally weak growth that could attract
the elm bark beetles carrying the Dutch elm disease fungus. Aside from the formulation, the method of fertilization differs from that
of your grass. In order to give your trees the most benefit, the
fertilizer must be placed below the grass roots.
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for use on elm trees, click