Deep Root Feed your Trees & Shrubs This Fall
Do trees/shrubs need to be fertilized?
Healthy plants that are well watered and well fertilized, will tolerate insects, diseases and the environment more easily than stressed plants. In fact, healthy trees are less likely to be attacked by insects and disease. A tree or shrub is an investment that takes many years to grow and is difficult, if not impossible, to replace. Adequate fertility is necessary for both newly planted and established trees or shrubs. Fertilize young trees and shrubs to increase height, width, caliper, and root growth. A mature tree or shrub should be fertilized to maintain its vigour and health. A plant that has not been doing well should be fed to improve its health. Trees/shrubs that have been attacked by insects or diseases should be fed to help them recover from that damage.
When should trees/shrubs be fertilized?
Fall is the best time to feed your trees, evergreens and shrubs. The nutrients that are applied after the plants start dormancy are taken into the roots, which are still active after the leaves fall. The nutrients are held there until the spring. As the weather warms in the spring, the nutrients flow upwards with the sap. This means that they are available to the plant immediately.
Trees and shrubs are best if fed in the late fall and early spring. An early spring fertilizer application will again be available to the plant at the same time that the active growth is still continuing. Of the two applications, however, the fall one is the most important and would be the choice if only one application is made.
Micronutrients for Trees
When trees have leaves that are yellowing or leaves with chlorotic veins, the tree may be suffering from a deficiency in a micronutrient. Iron and manganese are a couple of the most common deficiencies. There are a couple of ways to rectify a nutrient lack. For large trees, the best way is to inject the tree with a nutrient that is quickly taken up into the tree. These treatments are not intended to encourage growth but to improve the tree's health.
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