Should You Consider Deep-Root Tree Fertilization?


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You want the trees on your Cottonwood Heights property to be at their best – and deep-root tree fertilization can help make that happen.


Fertilizer is designed to replace minerals and nutrients that are missing from or otherwise bound up in the soil, and deep-root fertilization is designed to give trees what they need to thrive. In most of North/Central Utah, It's ideal to include slow release Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus, as well as the micronutrient Iron in a chelated form when doing a deep root fertilization.


When a professional completes the soil injection process, the biological health of the soil can be much improved. Keep reading to learn more about this important tree service.


What is Deep-Root Tree Fertilization?


As the name suggests, this tree fertilization method gets fertilizer deeper down along the soil profile, distributing it at different depths where the roots are located. Professionals use a pressurized injector to apply a blend of essential nutrients, feeding trees from the roots on up. The fertilizer is deposited within the root zone, thereby offering an optimal level of absorption.


In addition, the fertilization method works to help aerate the soil, allowing for more oxygen and less compaction. With improved soil conditions, trees grow healthy, strong and beautiful.


How Does This Differ from Traditional Fertilization?


First, as we mentioned, the deep-root method of tree fertilization involves the application of nutrients directly to the root zone. Traditional fertilization, on the other hand, typically involves spreading granules over the ground surface or inserting fertilizer spikes into the soil.


The latter option – fertilizer spikes – mimics the deep-root method, but the nutrients don’t get as deep down into the soil. And, spikes tend to release fertilizer in concentrated areas, rather than spreading further into the root zone.


Do You Need Deep-Root Tree Fertilization?


Most trees would benefit to some degree from a deep root fertilization, but some will benefit more than others. Take a walk around your yard and give all of your trees a good look. Any that seem in distress could be candidates for a specialized service like deep-root tree fertilization. To be more specific, if you notice any of the following, it may be time to call a professional:

  • Slow or nonexistent branch growth

  • A decreasing amount of foliage from year to year

  • Leaves that seem to be smaller than normal

  • Limbs showing signs of dieback

  • Oddly discolored or yellowing leaves

Keep in mind that these symptoms could indicate another type of issue, such as tree disease or pest infestation. Therefore, consulting with a professional is important – after all, applying fertilizer isn’t the solution for every problem.


Contact an Experienced Professional Arborist Today


If you want to ensure the health, beauty and longevity of every specimen on your property, you won’t apply fertilizer without first talking to an experienced professional.


The certified arborists at Rivendell Tree Experts offer a range of affordable tree services to homeowners and businesses in Cottonwood Heights, throughout Salt Lake County and across the surrounding northern Utah area. And, our professional team is happy to offer free, no-obligation consultations. To discuss deep-root tree fertilization with an expert, contact our office today.

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