To help understand why an urban tree needs fertilizer, let’s compare a tree in your yard to one in the forest. Typically, we give trees planted in a yard much more care than a forest tree. Why?
The urban tree has been planted in disturbed soil and, in fact, may not have any top soil or organic material at all. Often these soils are wet, with very poor aeration, high in clay content, and a very low content of coarse materials such as sand or silt.
In the forest, soil has not been disturbed. Leaves drop each year to add a continuing supply of organic material. Microorganisms work to break down leaves and other vegetation into humus and mineral elements. Earthworms mine the soil and aid in soil aeration.
There is no construction equipment or foot traffic to compact the soils. Drainage has not been interrupted with underground construction, concrete, compacted soils or grade changes. Tree roots don’t have to compete with the lawn for water and nutrients. It’s no wonder trees grow so well in the forest!
When Should I Fertilize?
What is Plant Health Care?
Plant health care focuses on the health, growth, and beauty of your landscape.
Good cultural practices are essential. Proper watering, mulching, and fertilizing is important. A Pine will suffer with too much water, but a Cottonwood will thrive on lots of water.
Pruning is important to repair damage and create a good stable branch structure.
Integrated pest management focuses on identifying insects and controlling them when they pose a threat to the overall health of the plant. For example, foliar Aphids are a nuisance, but will not kill a woody plant. On the other hand, wood borers kill trees quickly.
Many times we can diagnose symptoms in your landscape before they become costly problems. Plant Health Care saves you money, since treating a problem is less expensive than replacing a dead plant.
Diagnostic services by a plant health care specialist or a certified arborist is important to identify issues. A visit to your property is essential to determine what is needed to enhance the health of your plants. A written comprehensive report is filled out with customized treatments that will benefit your plants.
We offer year long programs, seasonal treatments, and single applications to suit your needs. We formulate and apply our custom products to what your trees and shrubs need. Our goal is to keep your landscape healthy and beautiful in the most cost effective way possible.
The liquid root fertilization process provides the elements essential for healthy, vigorous plant growth. This also increases a tree’s resistance to insect and disease attack. Give your trees and shrubs the tender, loving care they deserve. Practice good Plant Health Care.