Trees and shrubs in urban and suburban areas need a helping hand when it comes to getting all the nutrients they need. They’re up against a larger number of stressors compared to their friends living in rural or natural areas. By utilizing deep-root fertilization several times a year, you’ll help your largest ornamental plants withstand environmental problems and continue to thrive for many years to come. Here’s how.
Deep-root fertilization is a process that delivers nutrients to the root system of your trees. This is accomplished by using a special high-pressure tool that looks like a syringe a doctor would use to give you a shot. This method allows your arborist to reach deep beneath the soil, which helps your trees soak up a greater number of nutrients than they would if we were to disperse fertilizer on the soil’s surface.
Surface fertilization is just fine for turfgrass and flowers, but it’s not ideal for larger plants. Trees absorb nutrients from their root system, and the larger the tree, the deeper the root system is. When you sprinkle granulated fertilizer on the earth surrounding the tree, it may never reach the root zone. Plus, any nearby plants like turfgrass or flowers will compete with that tree for the fertilizer. However, by injecting a concentrated dose of nutrients into the ground beneath the tree, we can ensure that the tree – and only the tree – will absorb the fertilizer. It’s truly a vital part of any tree and shrub care regimen.
Trees lacking in fertilizer will start to lose leaves, wilt, turn yellow or brown, and eventually die. Essentially, unfertilized trees will slowly starve to death. Here are a few key signs of malnourished trees and shrubs:
While it’s advisable to have deep-root feeding done every spring and fall, if your tree has any of the above symptoms, you should consider having a treatment done as soon as possible. While it’s not guaranteed that your tree will be rescued, the sooner we can get nutrients to the root zone, the higher the chances it will recover and survive.
Giving your tree a deep-root feeding doesn’t only improve the appearance of the tree. It will increase its health and make it more resilient. Cold winter weather, pests, and fungal diseases all can take their toll, but if your tree is healthy, it’s less likely to fall victim to these issues. Benefits of deep-root fertilization include:
Ideally, you should have deep-root feedings as part of your spring and fall yard and lawn maintenance routine. However, if your tree’s health is on the decline, give us a call right away so we can do our best to save your tree. During your visit, our certified arborists will not only perform the treatment, but they’ll also inspect your plants and alert you of any other problems they see so we understand the specific needs of your landscaping. After we’ve nourished your trees and shrubs from the outside, our arborists will also apply a protective dormant oil spray to kill overwintering insects and keep new pests from bothering your plants.
Let’s put your trees and shrubs’ health back on track. TruGreen Midsouth has been a trusted name in the lawn care service industry for many years. Our tree and shrub care program provides multiple deep-root fertilization treatments, so your larger plants are never short on nutrients. In addition, we offer protective sprays to keep diseases and pests away. To learn more or schedule an appointment, give us a call at one of our local offices, or you can reach out to us online here.