Make sure to break out the allergy medicine

There is a reason that most of us are already having early indications of allergies. SPRING IS HERE!!! This is the time of year the deciduous and evergreen plants and trees start to put on new leaves and flowers. The pollination of these flowers is what leaves us sneezing and scratching our eyes. However, this is one of the most wonderful times of year for the trees and plants but it comes at a cost.

New leaves and flowers will produce fruiting bodies and create what sometimes is more weight than the tree can handle. That makes spring the best time for a spring cleanup on the trees. Getting trees properly trimmed is on way to ensure that the tree has adequate space for putting on the new growth and for the new flowers and pods or fruiting agents. A good trimming can also bring in wind penetration for the tree as well as light penetration for smaller plants residing underneath the tree. With wind penetration, if a good breeze comes by the wind will pass through the tree rather than pushing it and potential causing branch failure or worse….the whole tree coming down. The light penetration will give more room for interior growth as well as growth from plants underneath that need at least some light to survive. Both are essential in keeping a good landscape.

During this time of new beginnings, the trees use up a lot of energy that it has stored over time in the trunks and the root system. The entire tree becomes what is known as a sink. In other words it uses more energy than it is able to produce at that particular time. It is only afterward that it can become a source which simply means it will create enough energy to sustain its members and also a little more for future storage. Now this is one of the best times to fertilize the tree. When the tree is properly fertilized it will add nutrients to the soil which has been drained of nutrients over the past seasons.

There are two types of fertilization. One would be synthetic fertilizing. Synthetic fertilizers are the kind that you grab at the store. They are usually stored in the form of a bottle or granules. These fertilizers are bad for multiple reasons. Many times these fertilizers come in a form that has high salt content making it easily soluble for the trees but with only short lasting results. So the tree temporarily looks good but it doesn’t solve the issue. In fact it makes it worse. Constant fertilization with synthetic products run a high risk of over fertilizing and created a very salinic type of soil. In other words, it creates a dangerously high volume of salt in the soil. Just like our bodies, the tree needs salt in the ground to absorb and use for its own purposes. But too much salt will also cause what is known as reverse osmosis. This is the process where the salt in the ground pulls the water out of the tree, creating a draught like symptom in the tree. This can lead to root burn and ultimately an untimely end to the trees life. The nutrients in those synthetic products also face a problem. They either are diluted into the soil or they leech right through the soil so fast the tree cannot absorb it fast enough. That is why Organic fertilization is the best type of fertilizer for the trees and plants.

Proper organic fertilization will not only provide an ample amount of nutrients to the tree, but will also incorporate microbiology. A certain type of microbiology is crucial when it comes to the support of the tree and its name is Myccorhizae. Mycorrhiza is a fungus that lives inside and outside the tree root system. Myccorhizae primarily helps the tree with the absorption of nutrients and water. This alone allows the tree to allocate its resources to other parts of the tree that require more attention such as leaf growth, compartmentalization and even photosynthesizing. The Myccorhizae fungi will also break down the inaccessible nutrients that normally the tree would not have access to because it cannot be broken down or absorbed with only water and they will also transport those nutrients directly to the tree. It has also been known to help fix soil types that are too high in salt. Most importantly, the beneficial microbiology keeps out the unwanted soil-borne pathogens. These are the living organisms that attack and kill the trees from the roots on up. This keeps the tree happy, healthy and continuing to thrive.

Overall now is the time, the time to check the trees and plants and give them a boost for the rest of the year. So call one of our arborist today and schedule a free estimate to see what we can do for your trees.


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One Response to Spring Care For Your Trees….Time To Spring Into Action

  1. John says:

    We have four large evergreen trees. What is the cost to fertilize and do the deep root feeding????

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