To Fertilize or Not To Fertilize. . . That is the Question.
Your trees may be STARVING! Just like humans, trees are living things. In order for them to grow and produce, they need a proper diet. Forest trees naturally get the nutrition they need, because of all the decomposing leaves and branches that lie on the ground around them. But trees in urban areas (where leaves are raked, branches are picked up, and yards are manicured) lack those natural nutrients. To feed your trees over the harsh winter months, you may need to fertilize them, and NOW is the best time to do that. Fall fertilization, before temperatures drop to freezing, allows the roots of established trees to take nutrients from the soil and use them to promote root development and protect against disease and insects. All the excess is stored in the roots and will be available in the spring for new growth.
However, keep in mind, not all trees are perfect candidates for regular fertilization. It’s important to have a professional evaluate your trees’ needs. They can recommend the proper balance of nutrition that is best. Just like overeating is not good for you, too much fertilization can be wasted and end up contaminating the soil.
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