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Deep Root Fertilization: The Important Benefits of Feeding Your Trees

Your trees and shrubs provide your property with beauty and comfort. You must be doing everything possible to protect your beautiful landscape. But how do you know if they have healthy root systems? Though most homeowners do not think about it, the grass is not the only part of your lawn that needs to be fertilized! Deep root fertilization is explicitly created for trees and shrubs to receive the nutrients they need to grow and strive. The answers to your deep root feeding questions and more will be covered here:

What Is Deep Root Feeding?

Deep root feeding uses a root zone injector pipe to apply a unique blend of essential nutrients. This blend is injected under the soil’s surface, deep down where the tree or shrub roots are located and absorbed into the root zone. Deep root fertilization reduces the possibility of all the nutrients becoming absorbed by your yard’s grassroots system, being washed out by the water, or blown away by the wind.

Deep Root Feeding does not work on small shrubs or grass since these plants have short roots that cling to the soil’s surface. Large trees and shrubs have deep roots that are looking for resources deep down under the surface. When they cannot find the nutrients they need to survive, you will notice a decline in their health. Since the fertilizer needs to be put deeper into the ground, this process requires special equipment and is usually done by a lawn care professional or arborist. 

What Are the Benefits of Deep Root Fertilization?

Deep Root Feeding will benefit your trees and shrubs in many ways, including:

  • It rejuvenates and improves soil structure.
  • It reduces soil compaction around trees and shrubs, making it easier for the root systems to absorb oxygen, water, and nutrients. 
  • It stimulates root and stem growth, allowing roots to grow faster and stronger.
  • Trees and shrubs will develop a better resistance to plant diseases and are not as vulnerable to pests.

What Are the Signs That My Trees Need Deep Root Fertilization?

Here are some signs that your trees and shrubs require Deep Root Feeding:

  • Your trees and shrubs are growing in very compacted soil. Oxygen, water, and nutrients are less likely to penetrate the soil and reach the root system. 
  • Trees and shrubs are unable to get enough nutrients from their surrounding area.
  • Branches and leaves of your trees and shrubs show signs of growth stress or severe root damage. 

Will the Fertilizer I Already Use on My Lawn Work for My Trees? 

Your grass is absorbing all the nutrients from your lawn fertilizer, resulting in your trees absorbing little or no fertilizer. It is best to consider deep root feeding to give your trees and shrubs the boost they need in.

When Is the Best Time?

The best time for deep root feeding is in the fall. Fall deep root feeding will help your landscape overcome summer stress and prepare for winter. Your trees and shrubs will develop reserves of nutrients in their root systems during the fall and winter. These reserves help create better root development, bright green foliage, improve plant health, and reduce insects and disease damage.

Deep Root Fertilizer: Lawn Care Professional or DIY?

While there are parts of lawn care maintenance that can be done by the DIY homeowner, root feeding is not one of them. Homeowners often do not inject the fertilizer deeply enough, and the nutrients never reach the tree roots. The fertilizer will instead become absorbed by the surrounding grass.

When one of our tree specialists from Tee Time performs a deep root feeding, they will deliver the correct amount of nutrients through a soil injection device that deposits the nutrients close to the roots. At Tee Time, we use the highest quality nutrient formulas explicitly designed to meet trees’ and shrubs’ needs. With us, you can be confident that your trees and shrubs are getting the nutrients that they need to survive our harsh seasons. 

Our team can walk you through our deep root feeding process and the benefits you will receive from this service. If you suspect that your trees or shrubs require deep root feeding, give us a call or use the nearby quote form.

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