Fertilization is an important component of any solid tree maintenance program. Like other living creatures, trees need food and an appropriate balance of proper nutrients in order to thrive. In artificially created environments where trees are planted – whether it’s at a home site or city park – access to nutrients can be limited. Many of the conveniences created for humans can interfere with trees getting the nourishment they need.
A tree’s roots, branches and leaves can only access nutrients that are close to them. In a natural environment there are no sidewalks, driveways, streets or paved paths, so trees have easier access to oxygen, organic nutrients and water to nourish them. Raking, mowing and manicuring of lawns also removes many of the natural nutrients that normally work their way into the soil and keep trees fed. For these reasons, it is crucial that you add a fertilization component to your tree maintenance plan if you want your trees to get the nutrients they need.
The certified arborists at Scapes Inc. can help monitor the health of your trees and determine whether an infusion of fertilizer is needed. Since different species of trees have different nutrient needs, the arborist will factor this into your maintenance plan. In addition, when planning for new tree installations and landscaping our team can formulate a design that will encourage natural nutrients that are more readily available. If you are proactive from the start and establish a comprehensive tree maintenance plan that takes into account fertilization needs, it will be easier to maintain tree health over the long-term.
Every environment is unique, and taking soil samples helps our team formulate a fertilization plan that will work for your site. When visiting your location, our certified arborists will also assess the health of your trees to help develop their recommendations.
For trees that are severely undernourished, we often prescribe that the appropriate levels of vitamins and minerals get injected directly into the trunk of the tree by using spikes. This treatment works much like an IV drip would if you were recuperating in the hospital. Deep root zone feeding is another method of treatment that is more common. Our team uses high-pressure injections of an organic fertilizer that is released over time after being injected below the soil’s surface.
In most cases, this application should take place in the fall when the tree is entering the winter dormancy phase. This allows plenty of time for the nutrients to be absorbed into the trees root system and throughout the tree before spring rolls around.
Using mulch is another way to fertilize your tree. We recommend spreading a four to six inch layer of mulch starting from the root flare out to about one third of the distance normally covered by the tree’s canopy. This treatment provides a healthy dose of oxygen, nutrients and water to the root zone and can help deter other plants from growing and depleting nutrients in the area.
Contact the tree experts at Scapes Inc. at 972-407-5000 if you have questions about tree fertilization or if you need help with any of your tree maintenance or tree installation needs. We’re here to help!