Soil health plays a major role in the overall health and vigor of our landscape’s trees and shrubs. Unfortunately, the soil in our landscape is usually quite different than the soil in a plant’s natural environment. When we remove leaves, woody debris, and other organic matter from our yards, we disrupt the natural nutrient cycling our plants rely on for energy production and growth. Without the nutrient cycle, soil is depleted of several key ingredients for healthy growth.
To begin, soil is where roots grow and develop. A healthy root system is crucial to the growth and vitality of a plant. Macronutrients, micronutrients, organic content, PH and the ability to exchange water and oxygen are all characteristics of soil that impact plants.
ArborTech’s aim in soil management is to create conditions that are most favorable for a plant’s growth and to mimic its natural habitat. We take a soil sample and test it to determine the exact characteristics of your soil (the level of important micronutrients, organic content, etc). Based on the results, a soil and nutrient management plan is developed that is unique to your individual trees and shrubs.
Here are a couple of ways in which our arborists go about improving soil conditions:
Fertilizer - Fertilizer helps to provide and replenish macronutrients, such as Nitrogen and Potassium, which the trees use to grow and develop. Fertilizer, applied in the spring or fall, can be a great way to promote, growth, vigor and help strengthen your trees and shrubs.
Root Zone Management - Aeration, irrigation, and the addition of soil amendments can recreate a healthy forest floor optimal for growing conditions. The physical characteristics of the soil are just as important as the chemical characteristics.
If you are interested in learning more about our Soil Management Programs, please call our office at (413) 525-0060 or inquire through our website.
Gregg Corso & Danny Briggs