September 25, 2013
Fertilizing Trees And Shrubs At The Farm
It's no secret that I love trees and shrubs and I have given up long ago keeping track of just how many I have purchased and have had planted at my farm. With so much invested, you can be certain that everything possible is being done to ensure healthy growth. I learned long ago that feeding trees and shrubs is essential and I entrust this job to my arborist, SavATree.
1 This is Danny Broglino, a tree care foreman and specialist from SavATree. Danny has been caring for my trees ever since I bought the property.
2 Regular feeding of trees is vital for maintaining the beauty and character of your landscape. When feeding time draws near, I list all the trees on the property that look like they would benefit from added nutrients.
3 Danny poured a concentrated fertilizer blend into the tank on his truck.
4 The liquid base of this fertilizer is ArborKelp, SavATree's exclusive seaweed biostimulant, which promotes root growth and heightens stress tolerance.
5 At this time of year, the focus is on healthy root growth.
6 In autumn, plant roots absorb nutrients that will be used during the initial spring growth period. Danny reaches the base of each tree using long hoses.
7 A sub-surface liquid injector is attached to the end of the hose.
8 Danny was off to feed the very tall spruce trees near the little tenant house. You may recall that I lost two of these majestic spruces during Hurricane Sandy and I'm not taking any chances with the remaining ones.
9 The action of injecting organic fertilizer into the ground under pressure yields many advantages.
10 This process replenishes the depleted soil with needed nutrient components.
11 It also disperses and aerates compacted soil, allowing water and oxygen to reach the root hairs where absorption takes place.
12 The liquid is injected directly into the root zone to ensure fast action from the fertilizer.
13 Danny knows from experience where and how much to inject.
14 He evenly spaced the injections from about two or three feet from the tree trunk and out to the drip line of each tree, or the perimeter of the branches.
15 Not too many people realize that in an urban or suburban environment, nutrient deficiencies are a particular danger to the health of your trees.
16 In these environments, leaf cleanup is commonplace.
17 In nature, decomposing leaves are a trees natural nutrient source.
18 When fallen leaves are removed, the trees on your property are forced to compete with turf and other vegetation for any remaining food supply and water.
19 The shade garden beneath the spruce trees is heavily planted with perennials and injecting the soil there is difficult.
20 Danny removed the soil injector from the hose and used a drench technique. The perennials will also benefit from the rich nutrients as the liquid seeps through their roots to the spruce roots below.
21 Danny spent two days at the farm feeding many, many trees and shrubs using this deep root method.