Deep Root Fertilization or Deep Root Feeding has become a controversial topic in arboriculture. If you have googled deep root fertilization, you know that there are plenty of contradictory opinions surrounding the topic. As a company focused on the health and well-being of trees, we feel it necessary to address some of the misinformation we see. When done correctly, Deep Root Fertilization is one of the best things you can do for your trees.
Myth: Deep Root Fertilization is an easy DIY project
Can you? Yes. Should you? Probably not. The equipment we use to inject the nutrient solution into the root zone at high pressures is expensive and specialized. Let’s say you do happen to have the correct equipment to perform the application. What are you applying? At what rate? What time of year? What does your soil need (or doesn’t need)? These are the factors we take into consideration when we design a prescription program for your property.
Myth: Every tree needs Deep Root Fertilization
“Fertilization” is not always the most accurate terminology for what we broadly define as Deep Root Fertilization. The truth is every tree does not need a high rate of a traditional N-P-K. Natural forest floors are covered with decomposing organic matter and are very different from the environment our urban forest provides. The aim of our Deep Root Fertilization program is to provide the tree with an environment in which it can thrive. Most of our applications revolve around balancing the pH of the soil and amending it with organics so to mimic the trees natural environment. Mechanical stimulation from the high-pressure injection is an added benefit as manicured lawns tend to be compacted. In conclusion, every tree can benefit from prescription Deep Root Fertilization.
Myth: Deep Root Fertilization will harm your trees
Deep Root Fertilization can damage your trees if done improperly. When done correctly, it can make a world of difference. It is important that the applicator knows what they are applying, why they are applying it, and what the desired result is. Our ISA Certified Arborists are passionate about trees and would love to design a prescription program for your property.
Myth: Deep root fertilization can be done at any time
True and False. High concentrations of N-P-K should be avoided during hot summer months. Our Deep Root Solution is adjusted seasonally and specifically to your property therefore we recommend three applications per year. Timing is critical when trying to correct deficiencies therefore engaging a certified Arborist is crucial so not to miss your window.
Myth: Deep root fertilization needs to be done only once
Repetition is key. In most situations we recommend three applications per year. Our objective when performing your Deep Root Fertilization is a gradual change in the soil environment in which the tree is growing. While a single application is beneficial, our aim is for the long-term health and well-being of your trees.
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