Trees in forested areas enjoy a rich soil created from the natural decomposition of fallen leaves and tree debris. However, this does not exist in most urban or suburban areas, meaning that these organic nutrients must be provided in another way – through fertilization. Late fall fertilization treatments will:
- Replace lost nutrients. As we noted above, trees in your landscape likely do not enjoy a natural supply of nutrients. There are many reasons nutrients are lost in urban areas, including regular lawn maintenance tasks such as leaf blowing or natural outdoor elements, such as the runoff water from rainfall or strong winds.
- Relieve and reduce tree stress. Many things can stress a tree: climate, improper tree pruning, or soil compaction, caused when soil becomes compacted—rather than loose—limiting the movement of tree roots. If a tree cannot take in its necessary supply of nutrients, it will suffer. Fertilization strengthens a tree’s natural defenses and reduces its stress.
- Promote healthy tree growth. Think of what your tree will endure throughout the winter—extreme dips or fluctuations in temperature, heavy ice and snow accumulation, harsh winds. Your tree must be strong to endure the winter elements.
- Promote tree root expansion. Roots are essential to a tree. Not only do they stabilize the tree but they are the vessel for key nutrients and minerals. A fertilization treatment applied by a tree care expert will be injected in the right location to encourage tree root expansion. If a tree does not receive its fall fertilization treatment, its roots will likely be shallow and far less stable—putting the tree at serious risk.
Do not wait to schedule your fall tree fertilization treatments. Call the certified arborists at Independent Tree today!