If you are considering tree care, perhaps you have heard of deep root fertilization. But do you know what it is? And do you know what its advantages are? Let’s take a look at deep root fertilization, and why it is important for today’s trees.
The type of tree planted on your property will depend largely on what the area contains, as well as what type of climate you enjoy. Some of the factors that affect these are: natural habitat, soil type, sunlight, type of root system (whether epiphytes or fibrous), how far underground the trees grow, and whether there is plenty of water available. With deep root fertilization, an artificial medium such as clay is applied to the topsoil, and the nutrient-filled solution is then shot into the ground near the roots. Also called soil injection, deep root fertilization applies with a fine, long injection tube, giving your trees a plethora of benefits. Here are a few of these benefits.
First, deep root fertilization provides additional nutrition to the roots. Root feeding is critical, especially for trees planted in dry climates where the roots may starve. As long as the tree continues to receive this supplemental feeding, it will stay healthy. Healthy roots grow stronger, healthier, and can actually help to conserve resources by consuming extra nutrients that may be taken from the air.
Second, deep root fertilization provides a natural pesticide. When trees are in their natural habitats, insects and pests are sometimes controlled through specially formulated insecticides. Applying a liquid fertilizer right at the root level can control insect activity. This can benefit both the environment and your own garden, as insecticides are not harmful to people when they are ingested.
Third, deep root fertilization provides natural mulch. Compacted soil nutrients drain slowly from the roots upward into the air. However, the roots of some plants grow into the compacted layer of soil, rather than clinging to the sides of the compacted layer of soil. In areas such as Arizona, where grass and pine trees are common, this clogging of the root system can make a tree root system fail. In these circumstances, using a liquid fertilizer on the tree roots and grass can prevent failures from occurring.
Fourth, deep root fertilization provides more nutrition for your trees and landscaping. During their growing years, trees absorb a lot of nitrogen, which is one of the nutrients that trees need to become strong and healthy. Tree planting also increases soil fertility, which helps make the nutrients that trees and plants need even more depleted. When you apply nitrogen-fertilized soil nutrients directly to the root system, your trees and plants will absorb as many nutrients as they can. This means that the quality of the soils will be much better, and tree planting will benefit your gardens and landscapes for many years to come.
Lastly, deep root fertilization helps keep your lawn green and beautiful. As grass grows, it takes up lots of nutrients from the earth. As the grass grows, it also takes up space, which is another type of non-natural resource. If your lawn becomes too thick with grass, then weeds can start to take over the area, which is something that you definitely do not want to happen when you are trying to have healthy, beautiful looking trees, grass, and shrubs in your lawn.
These are just some of the benefits of deep root fertilization for trees and landscaping. When applied to the ground at the right time of year, deep root fertilization can increase the nutrient value of your soil, as well as improve its health. It will help to improve the structure of your soil, as well as making it more healthy and less acidic.