Old Azalea Struggling With Few Flowers And Some Brown Leaves

Question From: Livonia, Michigan, United States
Q: I have a 50+ year Azalea (that's been under my care for about 15 yrs). It blooms beautifully every year. I have never fertilized it, assuming that it must be very happy with its current environment and nutrients, and I don't want to mess with a good thing. After this past winter, its struggling this spring with only a few flowers at the bottom and some remaining brown leaves. Maybe it needs more time but I was wondering if fertilizing it would be useful. If so, would Holly Tone be sufficient? Thanks

A: Steve, Your Azalea has suffered winter burn, as did most evergreen shrubs. A little Holly Tone would give it a bit of a boost, but don't overdo. Also make sure to water it well in an extended heat wave. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy