Your trees and shrubs are a growing investment that should increase in beauty and value with each season. To help your landscape flourish to its fullest potential, it needs proper care. One way to achieve this is with a deep-root feeding.
Learn how this treatment provides the nutrients your trees and shrubs need to grow and strive.
What is the purpose of deep-root feeding?
Fertilizing your trees and shrubs replenishes essential nutrients that have been lost during the hot summer season. This treatment allows your trees and shrubs to absorb and store nutrients for the upcoming winter, increasing the chances of survival.
What are the benefits of deep-root feeding?
Deep-root fertilization also combats one of the primary stresses of many urban trees: soil compaction. Soil compaction usually occurs from a high volume of traffic, construction, or paved areas around or near the tree. It results in an inability of the tree to retain water and a low level of nutrients in the soil. By injecting nutrients and organic matter directly into the root zone, this kind of fertilization helps absorb the material into the plant faster than a granular fertilizer. It helps boost the immune system of the trees as well.
When is the best time to apply deep-root feedings?
Although deep-root fertilization treatments can be applied in spring and summer, they’re more typically done in early fall. This gives the tree time to absorb the necessary nutrients before winter arrives and while the tree isn’t stressed by excessive heat, lack of moisture, and active growth.
How is deep-root feeding applied?
This treatment uses high-pressure professional equipment to inject a blend of nutrients and organic matter into the soil around your trees’ roots.
The liquid fertilizer is injected to a depth of roughly 5 inches (this is where most of a tree’s feeder roots are found). To ensure that all parts of the root zone receive enough nutrients, we usually inject in a grid pattern throughout the entire area under the tree canopy (out to the drip line, or canopy edge) and sometimes even beyond that depending on the tree species, health, and surrounding landscape.
What are the signs my trees and shrubs need deep-root feeding?
- Defoliation – the tree is losing its leaves
- Slow or minimal growth compared to similar plants in the area
- Smaller and fewer leaves than usual
- Leaves dropping or changing their color too early, often appearing “scorched” or showing a yellow-brown color
- Discolored leaves, such as yellowing or pale leaves (often caused by chlorosis)
- Bark peeling back from the tree, especially near the base, signifies an issue that requires attention
- Unusual amount of branches or twigs dropping from the tree
If you think (or know!) that your lawn is in need of some TLC and needs a deep-root feeding, we’d love to partner with you to grow a lawn you love.
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