We all try to eat healthy. Get plenty of vegetables, enough dairy, and the right amount of protein. But what about your trees? What kind of nutrition do they need? Obviously, trees do not “eat;” instead, they receive nutrients from the soil. Since the quality of the soil can vary based on location and treatment, trees often benefit from regular fertilizing.
The Advantage of Fertilizing
Trees that are planted in suburban neighborhoods are often in particular need of fertilizing. Home builders frequently remove rich top soil at the time of building. Further compounding the problem is our habitual practice of carefully removing all fallen leaves each autumn. In a natural setting, fallen leaves are allowed to decompose and add nutrients back into the soil. Since we typically do not allow this to happen in residential areas, you may want to consider fertilizing. When you fertilize your trees and shrubs, you give them the materials they need to grow and live. Thus, a fertilized tree will typically grow faster, look healthier, and be able to better defend against insects and diseases.
The Type of Fertilizer
The type of fertilizer you need depends on the condition of your soil. You can perform a soil test to determine any soil deficiencies. A complete fertilizer will contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, and a soil test will show how much of each nutrient is needed. The strength of each nutrient in the fertilizer is shown through a numeric designation for each nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, in that order. For example, 10-10-10 would be a balanced fertilizer containing 10% of each of the nutrients. Fertilizer can be purchased in either dry or liquid forms.
The Time for Fertilizing
The best schedule for fertilizing is to make applications in both the spring and the fall. These are times when trees are not under the stress of extreme temperature and are ready to absorb the nutrients you are putting down. For your fall application, early September to mid-October is ideal. Tree roots can absorb nutrients as long as the soil temperature is above 40°F.
If you are unsure of what your trees needs or would just rather not mess with fertilizing yourself, the arborists at Ping’s can take care of it for you. We can assess your soil condition, determine what your trees need, and fertilize your trees. Give us a call today (317-298-8482) or schedule online to get your fertilizer treatment done while the weather is still good.
WINTER IS COMING!! Before winter officially arrives, there are a few things you can do to prepare your trees for the hazardous weather.
Plant the tree. Now is a great time to plant new trees in your yard, just make sure to get them planted prior to a hard freeze. That way they can enjoy the mild weather and frequent rainfall that help roots grow strong. You also want to mulch any new or established trees, but be careful to avoid volcano mulch (mulch piled high against the trunk of the tree).
Prune the canopy. Fall is a great time of year to have a certified arborist take look at the structure of your trees and make recommendations on how much to prune or trim. Proper pruning allows those brutal winter winds to pass through the trees which results in less breakage and damage, protecting your property.
Feed the roots. Even during the winter months, your trees’ roots system continues to absorb nutrients until the ground is frozen. Fertilizing your trees helps them stay healthy during freezing temperatures and prepares them to return strong in the spring.
Spray the tree. Applying dormant oil after insects have laid their eggs will stop insect larvae from developing further. Come springtime, you’ll have less bugs chewing on your fresh tree buds and fruit. No Worries!! Dormant oils are less toxic to beneficial bugs and only remove the bad ones.
Need help winterizing your trees, contact us at [email protected] or call 317.298.8482