What Fertilization Does for Your Trees

Keeping your trees growing and healthy can be challenging, especially when they’re new and unestablished. Though routine trimming and pruning can help, using a fertilizer can further boost your efforts and make your trees healthier and happier during the growing months. But what exactly does fertilizer do for your trees? Your trusted plant health care team is here to help. Here’s what you need to know.

Replenishes Nutrients
Fertilizer’s main job is to replenish nutrients in the soil around your trees’ roots. As your trees grow, the roots pull nutrients up from the soil. These nutrients support your trees’ overall health and make it easier for them to produce new growth. But over time, your trees can deplete the stores of nutrients in the soil. Though it’s possible for the soil to recover on its own, it can take several years for nutrient levels to reach their ideal amounts. 

Fertilizer deposits the nutrients into the soil directly and can be tailored to fit the exact needs of your trees and yard. This gives your trees an infusion of nutrients when they need it most without forcing them to wait for the soil to rebound and recover naturally.

Boosts Growth and Performance
The more nutrients you have in your soil, the easier it will be for your trees to produce new growth and to produce that new growth more quickly. This can help your trees leaf out faster during the warmer months and may encourage more new blooms during the growing season.

Keep in mind that it’s possible to overdo it with fertilizer, and this can result in underperforming plants at best and scorched growth at worst. Too many nutrients or using the wrong type of fertilizer can stress your trees and make them more vulnerable to disease. For best results, let an experienced plant health care team assess your trees’ needs.

May Make Trees More Resistant to Disease
Just as too much fertilizer can make your plants more vulnerable, the right amount can make them stronger and more resistant to diseases and insect damage. Why? Because the right fertilizer contains the types of nutrients your trees need to grow and thrive in the right quantities so your trees can use what they need to become stronger and more established in your landscaping.

Once they’re established and have the amount of nutrients they need, your trees will be better equipped to fend off diseases without exhibiting signs of distress. 

Always Work With a Professional
Using fertilizer can be a great strategy for your overall landscape maintenance, and the same holds true for your trees. However, choosing the right fertilizer for your trees isn’t as simple as heading to the store and picking up the first fertilizer you find. You’ll need to choose the right fertilizer for your soil type, and the best way to do that is to work with an experienced professional. Contact Root Tree Service today and let our experts assess your trees’ needs and identify the best fertilizer for your soil type. 
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