Oct 08, 2018

Are Your Trees Suffering from Nitrogen Deficiency?

Are your once healthy trees starting to decline in health? Have you noticed a drastic loss of blooms in the spring or fruit in the summer? Are you struggling with yellow leaves months before fall stars? Then you may have a nitrogen deficiency in your soil. At 404-CUT-TREE, our certified arborists and tree service professionals proudly provide services in Atlanta, Duluth, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Georgia and other metro area communities. We help our client’s trees stay healthy and lush, and we want the same for your landscape. Here are a few tips to determine whether your trees need more nitrogen.

What Role Does Nitrogen Play in Tree Health?

Nitrogen is extremely important for plants, because it plays a vital role in many processes. It is needed for the creation of chlorophyll and DNA, is essential for photosynthesis and is used to make the amino acids necessary for protein building. Nitrogen is also a necessary component of ATP production, which provides energy for your tree’s metabolism. When your soil is depleted of this important nutrient, all of these processes will slow down or halt until your tree receives an adequate amount.

Signs of a Nitrogen Deficiency

Thankfully, there are signs that property owners can look out for to determine if their soil is lacking nitrogen. One of the biggest red flags is prematurely yellowing leaves. This is indicating that your tree is struggling to create chlorophyll. You will also notice a massive reduction in flowers or fruit because of the lack of available protein.

Corrective Measures 

Nitrogen depleted soils often have an overabundance of carbon. Organisms within the soil surrounding your tree will use available nitrogen to break down carbon, which “steals” the nitrogen from plans. Therefore, correcting a nitrogen deficiency will require the necessary soil amendments. The first step is to test your soil to ensure a lack of nitrogen. Once it’s been determined, you can take one or more of the following corrective measures:

  • Grow nitrogen fixing plants near the area of your tree. These include peas, beans and cover crops like rye or borage. Not only will you provide an abundance of nitrogen for your tree roots, but you’ll have fresh and delicious food at your dinner table.
  • Start a kitchen compost and add it to the soil. This is a great way to make use of food scraps that would otherwise end up in your local landfill.
  • If you have livestock, you can work composted chicken, cow or goat manure into the dirt around your tree.
  • Does your family use a lot of coffee? Save the grounds and sprinkle it around the base of your tree.
  • Implement the controlled use of chemical fertilizers with a high nitrogen content.

Does Your Tree Need Help? Call the Experts at 404-CUT-TREE Today

Are you in need of soil testing, soil amendments, tree risk assessments, pruning or other tree removal service in Atlanta, GA or the surrounding area? Then call the team at 404-CUT-TREE. Our experienced arborists and tree care specialists are ready to put their tools and talent to work for your home or business. Contact our office today for more information about our wide range of commercial and residential services or to schedule a convenient appointment with an arborist near you.