Fertilizing

The main reason to fertilize trees and shrubs is to bolster their health so they are better prepared to fight off pests, disease, and environmental stresses.  While fertilizer can’t solve all of a tree’s problems, it will go a long way to give it a fighting chance.

Trees growing in their natural habitat should have access to all of the minerals they need to survive and grow.  Anything you can do to mimic that habitat can reduce the need for fertilizer.  This may include letting leaves remain on the ground in the fall instead of raking them up.  Chances are, though, that despite your best efforts, the need for fertilizer will not be entirely eliminated.

A good time to fertilize trees in most Southern temperate climates is from fall to mid-spring.  At these times the tree’s roots take the nutrients from the soil and apply them to important health-promoting functions such as root development and disease resistance, rather than simply putting out new growth.

During the growing season, fertilizing can help a tree overcome mineral deficiencies and fight off infections.  If you are fertilizing in mid- to late summer, avoid formulations high in nitrogen as this will just promote weak, new growth that may be easily damaged in the winter.

Fertilizers are made up of macronutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) and micronutrients (such as Iron, Magnesium and Manganese).  These minerals all have different effects on the growth of a tree and different trees need different formulations.  It is important to ensure that you use the right fertilizer for your tree.

Just call the professionals at Oasis Tree Service @480-654-3966 and they will assess your circumstances and give you a free estimate on what and when the right time is to fertilize your trees.

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