Barberry Shrubs
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barberry bush not doing well

Zone 8 | Valenta33 added on April 29, 2015 | Answered

My barberry bush isn't doing well. Any fertilizer I could use? It seems to have moss growing on it.

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shelley
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Answered on April 29, 2015

You mention that it seems to have moss on it but given the distance the photo was taken from the tree I am having difficulty seeing it. You may send a close-up photo if you wish. What you see could possibly be moss or lichen. More information on moss & lichen can be found here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/treatment-tree-lichen.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/moss/moss-on-plants.htm

Your barberry does look a little tall and scraggly. Barberry bushes do respond well to rejuvenation pruning so that it something you may want to consider. More information on rejuvenation pruning can be found here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/rejuvenation-pruning-tips.htm

As for fertilizer, you can apply an all-purpose, slow-acting granular fertilizer.

For more information on the care of barberry bushes, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/barberry/barberry-shrub-care-tips.htm

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