Ash tree

When and how much to water

Irrigation is very important for young Ash trees. In fact, in the first 3-4 years of life it is important to take care of these plants, supplying the adequate water supply to obtain always luxuriant vegetables. Starting from spring and summer it is necessary to dispense water every time the soil is dry to the touch. The drainage of watering is not a fundamental aspect to consider, in fact, these trees can grow even in poor and compact soils. After the first years and the rooting phase, the Ash specimens become more and more autonomous and are able to withstand drought periods well. They do not require watering in the fall and winter, but in the southern regions it is important to water in the hot summer months.

How to take care of it

The trees belonging to the genus called Ash are much appreciated for their autumn foliage, which takes on very suggestive shades of reddish color. Furthermore, this type of plant is characterized by fast growth, reaching up to 20 meters in height. They do not need special care for cultivation, adapting easily to almost all types of soil. However, soft, fertile and well-drained substrates are ideal for vigorous development. Young specimens must be protected from harsh winter temperatures by creating a layer of mulch that protects the root system. On the contrary, adult Ash trees resist very well to frosts and climatic conditions below -20 ° C.

How much and how to fertilize

Fertilization is an important aspect for the cultivation of young Ash trees. In fact, the first years of age should support the development of plants by providing all the necessary nutrients. The ideal is to administer with the arrival of spring an organic fertilizer rich in potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen, to be mixed directly with the soil. The procedure can also be repeated in autumn, if the specimens live in poor and arid soils. The needs change for adult Ash trees. In this case, it is advisable to use a mature manure to be dispensed in March and October. Alternatively, it is possible to use a slow release granular fertilizer to always be administered in the same periods of the year, in spring and with the arrival of the autumn season.

Ash: Exposure, diseases and remedies

If the ash trees are grown in continental and mountain climatic contexts, they prefer very bright positions even in direct contact with the sun’s rays. Instead, in the southern regions they can grow well in partial shade and adapt without too much difficulty to warm and windy coastal areas. The different species and varieties of Ash are generally very resistant to diseases, but in the last twenty years a serious pathology of fungal origin called Chalara fraxinea Kowalski has spread. At the moment there are no specific treatments to eradicate it definitively and effectively. Prevention remains the only method to stem the onset of this problem, always monitoring the specimens and ensuring the optimal environmental conditions for healthy growth.

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