Now that winter is gone and the landscape is spectacularly lush it's time to start thinking about maintaining the health of your trees and shrubs. The home landscape is a unique environment in that it is essentially an artificial setting. Left to Mother Nature, trees and shrubs grow in their native habitat which is conducive to their individual needs. Native plants can survive and reproduce on their own (without any help from humans, thank you very much!). Yet, in creating home landscapes we sometimes are asking plants to grow in conditions they don't prefer. Often we plant non-native trees and shrubs just because we like them and there's nothing wrong with that. However, we must remember that creating artificial environments requires extra care.
In addition to our non-native plant choices, we create very "unnatural" environments because we are asking plants to grow alongside buildings, compete for space with driveways, sidewalks and roads, not to mention underground utilities and overhead wires. This image is a far cry from the natural environment from which plants evolved.
Another issue with our urban landscapes is that every autumn we rake up and remove the leaves that fall from the trees. Why is this a problem? Think about it – the natural cycle includes leaves falling, decomposing and essentially "fertilizing" the soil. When we remove the leaves we are removing a much needed food source for our trees and shrub. This is especially true for trees and shrubs growing alongside water and nutrient-hogging manicured lawns.
In summary, because we are asking a lot of our home landscape trees and shrubs, we need to give them more. This includes fertilizing. Healthy plants are built on healthy soils. The best way to know what your soil needs is to find out via a soil test, rather than blindly throwing down some 10-10-10. And don't assume what's good for your lawn is good for your trees and shrubs. The best bet is to be informed and make choices based on knowledge rather than guesses.
At ArborTech we can assess your trees and shrubs, test your soil and make the proper recommendations for optimum plant health. ArborTech has the tools and equipment to fertilize via sub-surface application, which utilizes a probe that goes 6-8" below the soil and uses water as a carrier of the needed nutrients, bio-stimulants and soil conditioners.
Your home landscape would absolutely benefit from a unique fertilization program, tailored to your properties' specific needs. Whether it's annual maintenance or giving a boost to a stressed tree, our certified Arborists have the experience and know-how to keep your landscape looking the best it can be.