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25 May 2017
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Soil Care and Tree Nutrition – What You Need to Know

How much do you know about soil care, tree nutrition, and even tree care?

If the answer is “not much,” you’d be forgiven—most people think that trees don’t need anything besides water and a lot of sunshine. But that is actually not true.  Trees need a lot of things in order for them to grow robustly.  With that said, it is extremely vital that you consider the factors that can ensure that your trees stay strong and healthy.

Just like us, trees also require nutrients for them to thrive and grow. And when there is a dearth of one or several of these, the trees will not reach their full aesthetic potential and become more susceptible to the depredations of diseases and pests. In fact, nutrient deficiency in the soil is one of the many reasons why fertilizers are essential.

However, fertilizing trees is not as easy as it seems to be. You have to consider the pH level of soil, the fertilizer application method, and of course, the type of fertilizer to be used.

Today, we’ll share with you everything that you need to know about tree nutrition and soil care. Here’s everything that you should know:

Fertilization Management

The main objective of tree fertilization is eliminating nutrient deficiency. If a tree gets all the nutrients it needs, its health and appearance (and even production of fruits) improves. But, before you add any kind of fertilizer, you have to see first that it is the right one for your plant. Tree owners are advised to only apply nutrients that their trees lack. Applying any kind of fertilizer without say, measuring first the pH level of soil can harm your trees in more ways than one.

Checking the Soil pH Levels

By measuring the soil’s pH levels, you will know how acidic or basic it is. Once you find out the pH level of your soil, knowing the kind of fertilizer that suits your trees become easier.

While there are a lot of soil pH kits that can enable you to conduct pH tests immediately, you can also consider hiring a professional to do a soil analysis.

Picking the Right Fertilizer for Your Trees

Generally, these are the qualities that tree owners should look when choosing the ideal fertilizer:

  • It shouldn’t have a high ratio of phosphorous and potassium. (Trees do not really go well with 10-10-10 fertilizers).
  • The salt index of the fertilizer should be less than 50 since salt is not great for a tree’s health.
  • Slow-release fertilizers are better in that they ensure the tree doesn’t get saturated with a volume that might overwhelm it.

Different Kinds on How to Apply Fertilizer

Once you are done selecting the ideal fertilizer for your trees, it’s now time to focus on the different fertilizer application methods. If it is possible, you should apply the fertilizer to the soil before planting your trees, but as they grow, they will still need a continuous supply to help supplement whatever nutrients they siphon from the earth. Here are some of the most common methods of applying fertilizers:

Surface Application

This method is ideal if there is no flora growing over the tree roots (i.e., thick patches of grass, etc). Usually, fertilizer spreaders are used to evenly seed the soil with dry fertilizer or liquid fertilizer.

Trunk and Foliar Application

Another common fertilizer placement involves the foliage and trunks of the tree. You can either spray the fertilizer on the tree’s foliage or inject it directly into the tree trunk. However, this method should only be done when soil application does not seem to give you the results that you want.

This application is considered as an advanced method; it would be best if you hire a professional arborist.

Deep Placement

Also called as sub-surface placement, this method involves drilling holes and pouring the fertilizing into these holes. This fertilizer placement ensures that fertilizer does not get washed away along with the topsoil in case you’re living in a region with mercurial weather conditions.

A caveat: Since the fertilizer is placed closely to the roots, there’s a great chance that it can damage the roots.

Choosing the right fertilizer placement is also vital as it can help the tree grow stronger. If you are still hesitant with what kind of fertilizer application is best for your trees, asking an expert arborist is always a good option.

Another Fertilizing Method: Mulching

Besides fertilizer, another great way of ensuring that your trees grow robustly is by mulching the area around it. Mulching has plenty of benefits for trees; it suppresses the growth of the weeds, it improves soil nutrition, and holds moisture.

Again, seeking help or opinion of a professional arborist is always the best preference if you want to ensure that your trees are getting optimal nutrient levels.

More info:

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10 May 2017
Don't Cut Down Tree Yet

I’m Not Dead! Don’t Cut Down That Tree (Yet)!

The Signs That Tell You It’s Time to Trim or Remove a Tree

Some people think that cutting down trees is a simple task. They believe that they know exactly when to do it and how to do it well. So the minute they notice that the tree has become quite difficult to manage, or when it looks like it has problems or is about to die, they hurriedly trim or cut it off. This is not the proper thing to do, though.

While a tree, especially one that’s quite tall and imposing, can sometimes pose as a hazard, you cannot simply cut it off immediately. There are some things to be considered before you decide to remove a tree. Actually, when you encounter problems like this, tree removal should be the last thing you think of. You see, trees that are old can still be used for a variety of purposes. For birds, for example, an old tree can serve as shelter. So instead of making hasty decisions, one must find time to look for answers to the question “should I cut down the tree?”

There are several questions you need to ask and signs you should consider to determine the best time for you to cut a tree.

Should I Cut Down the Tree? Signs You Need to Identify to Know the Answer

One of the best ways to find the signs that tell you it’s time to cut down a tree is to do a regular inspection of your trees. You need to take note of the overall condition of the plants. How do they look? What color are their leaves? Are any of the limbs broken? Answering these questions will help you find out the current condition of your trees.

Of course, you also need to look for signs, those that tell you that a tree is in trouble. In particular, it is important to take note of the following:

 

1. A Damaged Trunk.

If there are cracks and signs of decay everywhere, particularly on the main trunk area, chances are your tree may already be compromised and damaged. Mushrooms sprouting at the base of the tree confirm the presence of decay. If this is the case, your best action is to remove the tree. However, if the damaged area is small, there’s nothing to worry about as this can be corrected and the wounded area can be healed. In most situations, the damage is not permanent and can be reversed. So there’s no reason to trim or remove the tree.

 

2. Changes in the Color of the Leaves.

If the leaves are discolored, your tree is definitely not in the pink of health. It can be suffering from disease or it may already be dying. For situations like this, the ideal thing to do is have the tree removed with the help of a licensed and professional Arborist.

 

3. Changes in the Shape of the Tree.

Closely observe the tree. Are they any changes in its shape or form? If you notice that its shape is abnormally skewed (think of a tree with poor posture), the tree will have to be removed. Trees that are deformed are not structurally sound.

 

4. Bark Cracks and Tree Cankers.

Look at the bark of the tree and determine if there are cracks. If you see some, it means your tree is sick and may need the attention of an Arborist. In addition, the presence of tree cankers is also an indication that something is wrong with your tree. Not cutting down a tree like this will lead to more problems for you. A diseased tree will pose as a hazard; its compromised structure can eventually make it fall down easily.

 

5. Weak Branches.

A tree with weak branches is dangerous because it can cause physical danger. The branches can fall off without warning. Trees like this definitely need to be removed. This is also the reason why, most of the time, trees that are leaning too much can be a danger.

 

6. Other Signs You Need to Consider.

If there are physical structures near the tree (e.g. a house, a roof, or an electric post), it has to be cut off. Lastly, a tree that stands near a body of water has weak roots, so it should be removed.

Taking note of these signs will help you know when it is best to cut your tree.

 

More info:

http://payment.americanarborists.net/services/tree-trimming/
http://payment.americanarborists.net/services/tree-removal/

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