Arborists in Florida use fertilization in order to maintain strong and healthy trees. Trees are dependent on the soil for various needs, including anchorage, water and proper nutrients. Fertilization can help to replace some of the nutrients that might be lacking in the soil.
Areas like Tampa, Brandon and Hillsborough might have different soil conditions and would need different kinds of fertilizers. So why is it important to fertilize?
Over the years, nature has devised a system where soils are resupplied with the nutrients that are required. This cycle of fertilization is often interrupted, especially in urban areas as a result of leaf removal, selection of plants or an insufficient number of diverse insects. When this cycle is broken, fertilization becomes necessary for tree health.
Wherever you live, be it Brandon, Hillsborough or Tampa you can see evidence that a tree is lacking the nutrients required for good health. For example, trees that have leaves which are a darker yellow than normal are probably suffering from a number of different deficiencies. A qualified arborist, such as Mid Florida Tree Service, in your area will know how to pinpoint trees with a problem and can recommend solutions based on the local tree and soil conditions.
Before fertilizing there are a few things you should keep in mind. Start out by getting a soil analysis done. The majority of states provide this service to their residents. Local arborists can also provide soil analysis services.
The soil analysis will give you some very important information like the pH of the soil, macronutrient content along with recommendations on how to address the soil nutrient problem. The nutrients that most trees need fall into two broad categories - micro and macro nutrients. Depending on the tree species, it will require different amounts from these two categories.
Macronutrients are composed of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK). If any one of these elements is missing or lacking, it will adversely impact the health and strength of the tree. Once you know the current levels of the macronutrients, you can avoid over-fertilization, which can negatively impact the trees as well as the environment.
The problem might not always be with the soil’s nutrient content but it might lie with the pH of the soil. Various micronutrient and macronutrient treatments are available at the higher and lower pH levels, but it could take a few seasons to change the soil’s pH balance.
If you live in Tampa, Brandon or Hillsborough and you think you might have a tree problem contact your local arborist for help.