Fall is upon us and winter’s not far behind! You’ve cut-back your perennials and scheduled your sprinkler winterization. We’re finishing up the tail-end of your lawn care program and putting the last touches on your landscape projects. With everything we do to prepare for winter, there is often one thing we tend to overlook: our trees.
You’ve heard it before: Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn. The same can also be said for your trees as they are going through the same process that turf is right now. The energy your trees have produced through photosynthesis is now being stored in the root system to be used next year. This energy, along with vital nutrients, are what your trees rely on through the winter and sets them up for healthy, vigorous growth next spring.
Unfortunately, many of our urban soils do not provide the proper nutrient levels that our trees need to really flourish. Among other factors, the Nebraska Extension Office lists compaction of the original soil profile during home construction, poor drainage, and heavy turf grass competition as leading contributors to nutrient deficient soils. Smaller, younger trees are even more susceptible as they have not yet acclimated to these less-than-ideal growing conditions. So, what can you do to help your trees? How do you maximize this investment you’ve made in your landscape—in your home?
Deep root fertilization is a way to supplement our soils with the nutrients they lack, or more likely, have lost through development and construction. The process works through a series of soil injections that:
- Aerate the soil around the tree as oxygen is vital to root development and healthy growth, and,
- Places a concentration of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium within reach of the roots for uptake.
An application this fall will help sustain your trees through the winter, and another next spring will ensure your trees receive the right amount of essential nutrients they need to reach their full potential.
If you’ve added a new tree in the past few years or have noticed your older trees aren’t as vigorous or vibrant as they should be, there’s a good chance that deep root fertilization is the boost they need!
For more information on the benefits of deep root fertilization or to discuss your specific tree care needs with one of our certified arborists, please contact us.