Fertilizing Your Mature Trees
Fertilizing is a key part of taking care of your mature trees. For your trees to grow and remain healthy they require certain nutrient. Trees can be growing in soil that does not have adequate nutrients for proper growing an development. This is especially true in urban areas. This is when fertilizing can really help your tree.
Fertilizing your tree an help to improve the tree growth. However, if with a mature tree it an also have an adverse effect, because mature trees may not need fertilization in the same manner as they did when they were young and growing. When you consider supplemental fertilizing you want to know which nutrients are needed and when they need to be administered.
Soil conditions, particularly the organic matter and pH can vary significantly so choosing a fertilizer can be a bit of a complicated process. It’s worth your time to invest in the cost of having the soil tested for the nutrient content, especially with mature trees that are offering so much benefit and increasing your property value. Your tree care professionals can take the soil sample and have it tested for you and then recommend the best blend of fertilizer, how often and when to apply after the results are back.
The root system of a mature tree is expansive and can extend as much as three times beyond the leaf canopy. In other words, a great part of the actively growing root system is outside of the drip line. So, don’t apply lawn fertilizer where the tree roots could be because it can actually harm your trees because it’s the wrong formula. In addition, herbicides used on lawn weeds can be picked up by the tree’s roots and can harm your trees, and even kill broad leaf trees when it is not applied properly. It also means you need to make sure that the fertilizer is being applied so that it will reach the roots.