Feed your trees properly year-round
June 3, 2013
For many, trees seem like self-sufficient, permanent fixtures in the landscape. It's easy to forget that they need to be cared for and fertilized just like smaller ornamental plants in your garden. The urban environment can be very tough on our trees. The pavements of our streets, sidewalks and driveways diminish the available oxygen, organic nutrients and water absorbed by a tree’s roots. The blowing and raking of lawns removes potential nutrients that would eventually work their way into the soil. If you have a well-kept yard, neatly mowed and manicured, you probably have hungry trees. And since they can’t order out, you have to do it for them.
Your trees could very well be starving to death and you'd never know it until it's too late. Such trees may need an infusion of vitamins and minerals directly into their trunks by means of spikes, similar to an IV drip. Our usual method is called deep root zone feeding through use of high-pressure injections of an organically-based, slow-release fertilizer which we inject below the soil surface. This provides a gradual, long-term source of nourishment for your trees. This application works best for the tree’s needs when applied in the fall, when the tree is approaching dormancy. In the spring, you should see a robust response as the tree produces its new growth.
Then, you need to get your tree on a regular feeding schedule for maintenance. Through our organic SEASONS program, we'll provide seasonal injections of liquid compost extract with mycorrhizal fungi, beneficial bacterial and other essential micro-organisms for a healthy soil. We'll also apply foliar feeds and soils drenches to feed your trees. In winter, we'll apply an environmentally-compatible Horticultural Oil application to trees and shrubs for the control of mites, scale and other small insect pests which feed on plant sap and overwinter in the cracks and crevices of the twigs and branches.
Contact us for a consultation on how best to feed your valuable trees throughout the year so they'll increase in health, beauty and overall vigor.