Late fall (as well as early spring) is a great time to introduce nutrients directly into the root zone of your trees and shrubs; it may be added as an annual program or on a need-to-do basis, especially if your plants suffered stresses over the 2012 growing season.
Is your tree stressed? Here’s a few of the things to look for:
- If your trees or shrub exhibited dull leaf color during the growing season.
- If your tree/shrub prematurely dropped leaves this season (in August or September instead of October or later).
- If your tree seems to be growing at a slower rate than previous years.
- Think back to the growing season; the 2012 season in NW Ohio & SE Michigan we extremely hot and dry. Surface feeding trees, like maples, probably underwent heat & drought stress.
- Leaves twist or wilt during the growing season.
- Excessive seed production (usually occurs the year following a stressful situation).
- Blighted or blotched leaves (may indicate a disease).
- Increased insect activity (may notice holes in bark, deformation of twigs, or notches/holes chewed from the leaf/needle).
- Dead or dying branches.
- Less leaf production during the growing season (tree doesn’t seem as ‘full’ as in previous years).
These can be an indication of other issues as well, to set up a review of your landscaped plants please call us at 419-536-4344. We would be happy to take a look.
Benefits of Deep Root Fertilization
- The liquid fertilizer is a slow release as to not cause rapid growth which makes it a great option in fall.
- Aids in de-compacting heavy soils, allowing the root structure to ‘stretch out’. Many conifers prefer sandy soils, this process can help the over all health of your plants if you are in a heavy clay location like Maumee or Oregon.
- Provides micro-nutrients for the tree to wick-up once it comes out of dormancy.
- Aids in the recovery of stressful situations for the plant.
- Can be combined with other products (insecticides, fungicides, BIORush, Etc) to aid in recovery, curative or preventative care.
- Aids in root structure development which helps the over health of the tree and allows it better to withstand or recover from insects, disease, drought or other stresses.
Without a good root structure, the plant can not properly endure adverse conditions and will be slow to recover from stresses. A healthy plant starts at the root.
Pruning? Hold off just a little long. Most trees respond well in late winter pruning.