How to Fertilize Italian Cypress

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The Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is an evergreen tree that can reach heights of 40 to 60 feet. Despite how tall it gets, the tree never develops to more than 3 feet wide. The Italian cypress tree is easily recognized by its dark green, scale-like leaves. This tree is known for having a long life and can even reach the age of 1,000 years. Italian cypress trees are susceptible to cypress canker, a disease caused by a fungus. If you have an Italian Cypress tree on your property, consider adding fertilizer to the soil around the tree once per year.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • 10-8-6 granular fertilizer
  • Apply fertilizer between April and mid-July on a sunny day with little wind.

  • Pick up or rake fallen branches from around the Italian cypress tree.

  • Feed the Italian cypress a 10-8-6 granular fertilizer. Give the tree 1 lb. of fertilizer for every inch of diameter of the tree.

  • Sprinkle the fertilizer evenly around the base of the tree. Follow all safety precautions listed on the fertilizer's product label.

  • Rake the area again so that the fertilizer is mixed with the soil.

  • Water the fertilizer until the soil is wet 6 to 8 inches deep.

Tips & Warnings

  • Not all Italian cypress trees need to be fertilized. If the tree is growing with good needle cover, skip the annual fertilization.
  • Wait for the area to dry before allowing children and pets outside to play.

References

  • Photo Credit Big barrels with Chianti-wine in front of Tuscany image by Ivonne Wierink from Fotolia.com
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