In the forest, trees do not require fertilization because they are already living in a natural environment. The leaves, branches, and wildlife all decompose on the forest floor, providing a natural means of fertilization. Decomposed organic matter like these are rich in nutrients, and give trees a continuous source of food and nutrition. In contrast, the trees in urban settings, like commercial or residential properties, usually do require manual intervention for adequate nutrition because municipal
areas are foreign environments for trees.
Nutrients in Soil
Trees need a certain amount of nutrients, water, and sunlight to thrive. But in residential and commercial properties, the amount of nutrients in the soil are generally less than those found in natural environments, like forests. This could be a result of many circumstances, including sub-grade work, ground leveling construction, and lack of natural decomposition. For this reason, trees need fertilization to make up for the lack of natural decomposition in the soil. Fertilizer prevents and reverses nutrient deficiencies in soil in order to support healthy, thriving trees. This will make trees look beautiful and live much longer.
Also, tree roots are always in constant competition with grass roots for nutrients and water. Fertilizer relieves the stress put on a tree to recover the needed nutrients to live. To protect your landscaping trees from stress and nutrient deficiencies, it is important to fertilize them on a seasonal basis. Tree care specialists recommend fertilizing your trees before any signs of malnutrition. The frequency in which you should fertilize trees depends on a variety of factors, including the tree’s age, location, condition, species, surrounding climate, and more. Talk to your local tree care technician about the right time to fertilize your trees.
Be sure to use the right fertilizer, and not a fertilizer for lawns or grass. You must use a quick and slow release deep liquid root fertilizer to properly fertilize tree roots. Deep liquid root fertilizers generally contain phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium, iron, magnesium, and a variety of micro-elements. This combination of minerals and nutrients gives trees the strength to bloom, thrive, and live long lives.