Establishing Roots – Why fertilization is important for the health of your trees and shrubs.

Garpiel StaffNews, The "Tree Man" Report

Trees and shrubs rely on nutrients in the soil for crown development, root growth, and health. In the forest, the plants get these nutrients from decaying organic matter on the forest floor. In urban settings, however, the debris is commonly removed before it has a chance to decay and enrich the soil, often times depriving plants of the nutrients they require. Regular root fertilizations can help add the nutrients that many urban soils are missing.

Our fertilizer is specifically formulated to help plants develop their root system and strengthen their natural defenses. By using this formulation that is low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potassium, we can encourage better root development within the plants. In urban environments many plant issues are a direct result from an underdeveloped root system. Root fertilization helps to combat that issue.

Additionally, our fertilizer is made from food-grade ingredients. This means that the nutrients are readily available for the plants to use once they take them up. They don’t have to expend extra energy to break down the product before it can be used by the plant.

The two best times to fertilize plants is the spring and fall. Spring fertilizations are beneficial to help the plants replenish nutrients used in the leafing out process and fall fertilizations are beneficial because it provides the plant with nutrients they can store during the winter season. It is also recommended to have newly installed trees and shrubs fertilized to help them establish, as they lose approximately 75% of their root mass during the transplanting process.

Regular fertilizations, when done correctly with the right product, can be an integral part of maintaining the health and beauty of your landscape plants.