Tree fertilization and treatment are one of the more important aspects of tree service in Dallas, Tx. There is a lot of concrete and asphalt here in the Dallas area and giving your trees some extra love is always a good thing. But how do you know if fertilizing your trees is right for your property? Lumberjack Tree Services will help you explore what is involved, some precautions and what you can do to make an informed decision for your yard.
In some instances, tree fertilization is not needed and would do little if any good. The truth is most trees and lawns can benefit in some way, but how do you know? There are two major ways of doing this. The first way is by doing a soil analysis. This involves taking a sample of soil and using chemicals to determine levels of various minerals, focusing on nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous levels. For a lawn and trees, nitrogen is the most important as a deficiency in this nutrient can cause problems in the green parts of the trees.
The second way of evaluating the needs of the plants would be via signs of any current problems. For instance, is there yellowing between the veins of new leaves? This could be a zinc deficiency. Is there reduced seed production? This could be phosphorus deficiency. What makes this method tricky is that while a soil test is quite scientific and exact, this second method requires a lot of experience and know how.
An additional reason for tree fertilizing could also be certain goals on the property. For example, if a new tree is planted or the hedges need to grow faster for a particular design. In these situations, fertilizer can be added to augment an already healthy plant, allowing it to grow faster and even healthier.
The Tree Fertilization Process
When you know there’s a deficiency or have another reason to use fertilizer, there are a number of options. They can be grouped into quick release and slow release fertilizers. Quick release can either be spread across the lawn or dropped by the tree’s roots in granular or liquid forms. The slow release can take a granular form, but can also take the form of a stake in the ground. Even with the use of slow release fertilizer, it may make sense to reapply throughout the year because the needs of the plants may change depending on the climate and the particular weather conditions of that year.
Is Fertilizing Trees Safe?
This is a very common question. The fact of the matter is that depending on which tree fertilizers are being used, care should be taken not to inhale or touch it with bare hands. Also, once applied, it is wise to avoid those areas for a least a few days until the plants have an opportunity to absorb it. Children and pets in particular should not be allowed near these areas. Other than these basic precautions, there really aren’t reasons to be overly concerned about limited exposure.
Should I Hire a Tree Professional?
While some homeowners do their own fertilizers, the truth is that it really should be left up to the professionals. Why is that? There are a few reasons for this. First, although you can pick up a soil tester from the local garden store, it really takes someone with experience to understand what the results mean and to create an action plan to remedy the possible problems. Secondly, understanding which fertilizers, how much to use, and when to apply it can be tricky. Don’t apply enough and it’s a waste, while too much can actually damage the plants. Even putting the fertilizer in the wrong location can damage the plant. For various reasons, the exact amount of fertilizer to use is a science, not a guessing game. With a professional, you save time, money, and possible problems with your yard.
The chemicals in the fertilizer are only safe when used in moderation and while using the proper equipment. If you’re like the average homeowner, you may use the wrong amount (too much) and not using the right tools (your hands). This can result in an unnecessary hazardous situation. Plus, if the area of application is sizable, it can take a long, long, long time to finish the application.
Should I Fertilize My Trees?
This is not an easy question to answer as it is very individual to your property and landscaping goals. Even if you do decide to fertilize, remember that it should be used as part of an overall landscaping plan. After all, if you fertilize the trees and shrubbery but don’t bother to prune or do other needed maintenance, you’re not letting your property live up to full potential.
The best way to answer this question is to speak to someone who understands the nuances of the fertilizing. By giving Lumberjack Tree Services a call, you can get a free evaluation and a professional opinion as to whether or not you should fertilize.
Why Use Lumberjack Tree Services?
There are both possible risks and benefits of fertilizing your landscape and trees. Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense to hire some of the most qualified and experienced professionals in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area to help you? Not only do we have trained professionals, but we also use the best equipment and the products that give your lawn or trees exactly what they need. That’s good for you, your lawn, and the environment.
Regardless of whether you want to fertilize to correct a problem or if you are looking to intensify your landscape, our trained experts can help you achieve the look you are after. From planting, pruning, chipping, fertilizing and so much more, our services are available to help you establish the yard of your dreams. Call our offices today to set up a time for a consultation.REQUEST AN ESTIMATE