|Fall fertilizations by Trees "R" Us, Inc.|
When to Fertilize Your TreesWith 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, now it s great time to have us come out for fall fertilizations. Fertilizer will help replace nutrients and improve resistance to damage from disease, insects and stressful weather.
Fall Fertilization - Yay or Nay?It was once thought that fall was NOT the right time for tree fertilizations. But what we now know is that trees, shrubs an plants use nutrients throughout the year in different ways. Now, well trained and schooled Arborists know that late fall, or about a month after the first killing frost, is the ideal time for applying fertilizers.
The reason some Arborists do not want to use fertilizers in the fall is that there is a chance that plants and trees might put on new growth if there are unseasonably warm temperatures. This is not something that is desired because since cold temperatures are certainly coming soon this could easily result in the tree being burned or damaged.
It's All in the Timing
You have to understand the rationale behind fall fertilizations and then it all makes sense. In late fall, deciduous trees and shrubs have lost their foliage for the year and active growth of plants and trees has slowed. Rather than put on new foliage growth, the roots of established trees or shrubs take the nutrients from the soil and apply them to important health-promoting functions, such as disease resistance and root development. The miracle in all this is that the excess nutrients are stored in the roots and become immediately available when needed for new growth in spring.
Are Your Trees Candidates for Fall Fertilization?
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Your Trees Need a Fall Fertilization. Not all Trees Will.
An Arborist will also know what amount of fertilizer to be given to your trees. A common mistake, and not just with trees and shrubs, is to assume fertilizer can and should always be added, and if a little is good, more is better. This is not true and can actually cause harm to the tree. Excess nutrients are wasted and can end up contaminating the soil, and the environment.