Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall Fertilization Tips for your Trees

Fall is here. Time to fertilize. 

With a hot summer and cold winter, trees are bound to lose vital nutrients in the soil. To help make sure your trees gain nutrients lost this summer and continue to feed over the winter, apply a slow-release fertilizer to replace nutrients and improve resistance to damage from disease, insects and stressful weather.

Feed your tree what it needs.

The proper fertilizer will help the tree and the nutrients in the soil that are feeding the tree.
Also know your numbers. All fertilizers have 3 numbers on the packaging. These numbers refer to the 3 key ingredients in the fertilizer. The first refers to the nitrogen, the second phosphorus and the
3rd is the potassium. They are basic nutrients for building up the cells of the plants and different plants have different needs for these elements. Usually, the percentage of each element will be marked on the bags of the fertilizer like 15-10-5. This marking means the ratio of the nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium is 15%, 10% and 5% respectively. Since the sum of these numbers s less than 100 percent and the rest of the weight are actually some filling materials. Knowing what combination to use on your trees is essential in keeping the tree healthy. Ideally these numbers should match those of the closest natural environment, like a forest. To find out what combination will suit your trees, contact your local tree service for a assessment. 

With proper maintenance and some regular fertilization, you can have landscape trees that will be valuable components to your landscape and they will stay healthy for a long time.

For a complete assessment of your trees and if you are local to the Chicagoland area (Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, or Will counties) give Trees "R" Us, Inc. a call. We're her to help you with issues just as this, including tree trimming, pruning, tree removal, stump grinding and general plant health care. 

Thanks for reading,
Jenni

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