To keep your trees around for decades or even centuries, you need to fertilize them. Fertilizing trees boosts their health, enabling them to fight off pests and diseases. It also makes them strong enough to survive environmental stress.
But, trees in natural habitats don’t need fertilizing. So why fertilize your trees? Trees in natural habitats are never fertilized, and they live longer. These trees are constantly getting the nutrients they need from nature. There are animals that supply nutrients from their droppings; other trees drop leaves which mulch the ground and natural habitats have not been scraped off of valuable nutrients. When you need to see your trees healthy, call us, and we will fertilize them for you. We know the fertilizers that do well with different trees to ensure the efficiency of given fertilizers.
When should you fertilize? Between fall and mid-spring, trees take in nutrients and use them. This is, therefore, the best time to fertilize your trees for the best results. Trees should also be fertilized during their growing period as they need more nutrients to grow, develop, and fight off diseases. The fertilizer applied should have both macronutrients (including phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium) and micronutrients (including magnesium, iron and manganese). Each of these nutrients has a different effect on trees. As such, the nutrients should be well balanced for the best results.
There are different ways to apply fertilizer to trees. You can scatter the fertilizer, or you can place it within the drip zone of the plant. When doing so, ensure that that fertilizer does not touch the tree trunk. Because trees spread their roots, the fertilizer should be applied a few feet off the trunk of the tree. Our arborist in Killeen will determine how far the roots of a tree have spread when applying fertilizer. This way, no fertilizer goes to waste. When too much fertilizer is used, or the fertilizer touches the tree trunk, it may create a fertilizer burn that harms your trees. You can also use organic fertilizer.
How do you know your tree need fertilizing? If your tree shows:
• Yellow or light green leaves
• Dead spots on leaves
• Leaves being smaller than normal
• Leaves wilting
• Dying back of tree branches at the tips
• Fewer flowers and leaves than normal
Just because you have applied fertilizer, your trees will not instantly regain their green vegetation. It takes time. If you apply organic fertilizers, they release nutrients slowly, and their effects take longer before they are seen. Our tree specialists have the skills, expertise, and experience to choose the right fertilizer and apply it correctly for the most efficient results.
Your tree might show the above-listed signs, but the problem is not always lack of nutrients. If your tree is diseased, our arborist will identify that and give your tree the right treatment. Again, if the condition of the tree does not improve after fertilizing, the problem might be pests or disease.