Healthy Trees Start with Healthy Soil
January 26, 2015
While healthy strong roots are key to the health of your trees, root health depends on healthy soil. Soil full of living microorganisms, organic matter and oxygen will keep your tree’s feeder roots strong and productive. Once soil gets compacted and microbes die off, your soil can no longer feed your plants and trees. Supplemental soil feeding can help rejuvenate worn out soil.
While winter is not a great time to apply conventional fertilizers to your trees and landscape. However, it is a good time to feed the soil. Your soil is still active during winter months. Feeding soil now, as well as aerating it, can help your trees get off to a great start come spring.
Soil needs to breathe
Did you know soil is actually a living organism that requires water and food to thrive? Healthy soil that is fed organic matter such as compost and humus will help your plants absorb nutrients and water more efficiently. Our soils here in North Texas are often heavy clay; they get compacted and can either hold too much water or not enough. Soil organisms and your tree’s roots can suffocate in such compacted soil. Aerating your soil at least once a year can help breathe life back into the soil and reduce compaction. Aerating also stimulates microbial activity.
What does Preservation Tree do to keep your soil healthy?
If you are part of our SEASONS program, we feed your trees year-round. In addition to feeding your trees, in spring, summer and fall, we also feed the soil with liquid compost extract, beneficial bacteria and other soil conditioner. These soil supplements enhance soil health and provide the nutrients trees need to develop a vigorous root system.
A Note on Mulch: Mulch is a great way to put nutrients back into the soil. Mulch breaks down in the soil over time, improving soil structure and also adding nutrients. Mulch will help your landscape retain more moisture, especially through the summer months. While you should mulch your newly planted trees, remember not to pile mulch up against the trunk. The base of the tree should always be exposed.