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Fertilizer Application

Trees, like all living things, require nutrients to be healthy– when adequate nutrients aren’t available in the soil, your trees will have difficulty growing to their full potential.

A lack of nutrients not only deprives trees of the materials they need to thrive, it also makes a tree more vulnerable to insect damage and disease, and shortens the lifespan significantly.

Plants and trees require two types of nutrients, micronutrients and macronutrients.

Trees require a much higher supply of macronutrients than micronutrients– macronutrients include phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium and nitrogen. They are required for normal growth. A lack of macronutrients not only slows growth considerably; it’s also marked by the presence of visible characteristics.

Micronutrients, which include chlorine, molybdenum, copper, boron, iron, manganese and zinc, are needed in much smaller quantities.

Trees living in high-stress environments due to construction, volatile weather conditions, soil compaction, and low moisture, all of which are common here in the Midwest, can have high nutrient requirements to optimize their health.

Soil tests can be conducted to determine whether your trees require fertilization– in the case where a soil test is not available, branch growth is another great way to gauge your trees’ needs.

If branches appear to be remaining the same size with the passing of the seasons, fertilization may be a good option to ensure maximum health and growth.

Leaf color is another indication that your tree is not getting sufficient nutrients.

When to Fertilize

Fertilization normally takes place in the spring, in accordance with the typical growing season for trees. As a tree normally undergoes one growth spurt during the growth season, nutrients should be provided to the tree during this time.

If you find your tree appears to be growing very slowly or shows yellowing or otherwise appears to have strayed from optimal health, fertilization is a good option for keeping things on track.

What Nutrients to Provide

Nitrogen specifically is great for trees that appear to be declining in effects, as nitrogen generally has the most profound effects on both growth and appearance.

Nitrogen should always be balanced with other nutrients, however, to optimize the effects of the fertilizer.

Having a soil test conducted by a professional will give you a solid idea of the nutrients that your tree requires.

At Phenomenal Tree Service, we have a variety of options available to maximize the benefits of fertilization for your trees.

We’re experienced in fertilizer application and will choose from several different methods, depending on the situation.

Fertilizer can be administered via granule fertilizers, slow-release fertilizer pellets, fertilizer stakes, the hydraulic injection of liquid fertilizer, and Foliar applications.

Phenomenal Tree Service has all the knowledge and equipment needed to ensure your trees get the best in fertilizer benefits, so call today to find out more.