Why Should You Fertilize in the Spring?
Fertilizing is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the good health of your trees and to ward off future problems. Trees in urban and suburban environments are under a lot more stress than trees of the forest where nutrients are readily available. It's a common practice to feed your trees in the spring to help restore nutrients and promote new, fresh growth after your trees have overwintered.
Do I Need to Fertilize?
We tend to think that trees in our planted landscape can pretty much fend for themselves. But we have created an unnatural landscape that can be further compounded by poor site conditions, drought or overwatering, improper planting, and mulching!
Nutrient loss makes trees more susceptible to pests and diseases. Insect problems and diseases will take advantage of any opportunity! Fertilization helps to prevent disease and unwanted insects.
If you notice that your trees are not leafing out, the leaves are smaller than the previous years or the leaves appear to be yellow, it’s a good indication that they are experiencing a nutrient deficiency and your trees may need some help. A nitrogen-based fertilization treatment will help them recover from the stress of their dormant season and encourage new lush growth.
Nutrient deficiency isn't the only reason your trees may need fertilization. If you have a young established tree, fertilization will help to encourage adequate growth.
How Can I Be Proactive?
A proactive plant health care program mimics what should be happening naturally for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing landscape. Improving soil health and fertility is the best way to help your trees help themselves.
When you consider the cost of replacing just one mid-size tree or shrub, it is typically more than it would have cost to properly care for it in it's lifespan. In order to preserve your tree’s long life, it is wise to invest in tree fertilizer.
Spring fertilization needs to be completed between March and the beginning weeks of June before the summer temperatures start to rise. In other words, there is still plenty of time to make sure your precious investment is protected. In addition, periodic treatments for pests and diseases that feed on trees are also important.
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