Plant Health Care

By Hillary HeathPrevention, Root Care, Tips, Urban TreesComments are off

Pruning and fertilizing are the best things you can do to keep your trees and shrubs healthy and beautiful!

It is important to always consult a certified arborist to handle your tree pruning needs. Improper pruning can do more harm than good, leading to unbalanced growth, possible infestation by pests, and disease. Professional pruning begins by removing all the dead, dying, or insect-infested branches and then selectively removing branches that pose a threat to property. Selective thinning gives your trees a pleasing appearance, enables them to withstand strong winds without breaking, and allows air flow to help dry wet leaves and branches more quickly preventing disease, decay, and fungus.

Trees in the forest naturally absorb nutrients from the other dead leaves and debris that decomposes on the ground providing a natural food source. Trees in urban environments have fallen leaves raked away and rarely receive these nutrients.Pine straw and other mulches are sometimes used that lower pH levels making the soil more acidic. Proper plant health is difficult to achieve when pH levels are out of balance. Fertilization with potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen help balance proper pH levels in soils and good for tree health and for growing rich abundant foliage. A certified arborist is able to determine how much and what kind of fertilizer you will need and uses a special injection system to get the nutrients to surround the roots.

 To schedule a consultation with a Certified Arborist call 404.261.5000 today!