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July 23, 2021

Tree Treatment Guide: 7 Methods for Fertilizing and Soil Care

You're proud of your garden. You've worked hard on it since you moved in.

But now your favorite tree is starting to look like it's seen better days. But what can you do about it?

If this sounds like you, then the first thing you can do is get a tree inspection because it might just be time to get a tree treatment. It's important for keeping up your yard.

That's why this guide will walk you through all of the fertilizer applications and soil treatment options that are out there so you can keep your yard looking healthy and beautiful.

1. Granular Fertilizer

Granular fertilizer is the small, bead-like fertilizer that comes in bags. This makes it easy to spread on the ground around your trees. It's the easiest way to get extra nutrients to your trees.

When the beads get wet, they dissolve, and the nutrients sink into the soil. The roots are then able to absorb the nutrients, allowing the tree to grow stronger and healthier.

These are a great option if you water your trees regularly. If your area gets a lot of rain, it's also a good option for your trees.

It's convenient because you don't need any special tools to spread this fertilizer.

2. Soil Injections

Soil care is vital for your tree's nutrition. This method is a little more complicated because it does require some special equipment. But in theory, all this method means is that fertilizer is literally injected into the soil.

This injection is done right beneath the topsoil but above the root zone. This is a good way to put both fertilizer treatment and pesticides into your trees. This keeps your trees healthy by getting them nutrients and keeping pests off of them.

This can be useful if you grow fruit trees that might attract pests. Just make sure that you wash your fruit thoroughly before you eat them. Otherwise, you might end up consuming some of the pesticides.

3. Root Injections

Root injections also require special tools. Rather than injecting it into the soil, this fertilizer is injected directly into the tree's roots.

This is the most effective way to get nutrients to your trees. It guarantees that the actual tree will receive the nutrients rather than the plants around it.

However, this method has the best results when used early in the tree's life. This also means that the injections must be performed carefully. Otherwise, the tree could get holes in its roots and not survive at all.

That doesn't mean that this method isn't worth the effort. Simply take extra care, and your tree should grow well.

4. Spraying the Tree

While it requires some equipment, the tools necessary for this method are much easier to get and use than injection equipment. This makes it one of the more convenient methods of fertilizer applications.

This method is pretty self-explanatory: all you need to do is spray the fertilizer directly onto the tree. Typically, you spray it onto the trunk of the tree specifically.

This means that this is a good method to use if you're having trouble with a specific tree that's already fully grown. Like root injections, this also helps guarantee that the tree will be the plant receiving the nutrients. You don't necessarily want the plants growing around it to feed off the fertilizer too.

5. Spraying the Soil

This method differs from spraying the tree itself in that you are actually spraying the soil around the plant instead. This means that the nutrients from the fertilizer sink into the soil to be absorbed by the roots rather than the plant's trunk.

This method is just as convenient as spraying the tree itself. It's a good one to use if you have a problem with the nutrients in a particular area rather than a specific tree. Therefore, if you're concerned about all of the plants in that area, this is the best method to use.

6. Deep Root Soil Injections

Deep root soil injections are one of the more complicated methods. It also requires special tools. Unlike the normal soil injections, these injections go all the way down into the root zone. This way, the roots of the tree can receive and absorb the nutrients much faster.

This is a good method for older trees because their roots are much more established. Roots like that will go deep into the soil, and therefore that's where the nutrients need to go.

This method may not be very easy to do yourself, however. It might be wise to call an expert to do this for you.

7. Compost

Finally, there's composting. Nature has its own way of delivering nutrients back into the soil. This almost always comes in the form of decaying organic matter.

There's a reason that trees shed their leaves every season. These leaves eventually break down and turn back into nutrients for the soil. These nutrients then get absorbed into the roots of the tree.

This cycle goes on for hundreds of years in some cases. But in suburban areas and cities, this debris is usually removed before the cycle can be completed. This strips trees of the nutrients they would naturally be getting.

By composting food waste that is inedible to people, you can replenish some of these nutrients in a way that's more natural.

Get a Professional Tree Treatment Today

As you can see, many of the above tree treatment options are best done by professionals. So if you need some help getting your trees nutrition, you want the help of a professional tree service.

That's why you should call Canopy Tree and Land. We're the best in the business here in North Georgia. All of our employees are trained professionals.

We're able to take care of any of your tree needs too! Whether you need your tree removed, pruned, or fertilized, we're here to help you. So go ahead and give us a call and see how we can help you today.

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