Jul 11, 2017

The Importance of Proper Nutrition for Tree Health

Having healthy trees starts with healthy soil. If your soil is deficient of the nutrients important for proper plant growth, even the most well intended tree care efforts can be undermined. Achieving proper soil balance isn’t always an easy feat, especially in today’s polluted urban environments. Previous property owners could have depleted the existing nutrients long ago, depriving future occupants of healthy soil conditions. At 404-CUT-TREE, we want our local Atlanta area trees and wildlife to remain beautiful and healthy for residents to enjoy. That’s why our arborists work hard to ensure that families and businesses in Atlanta, Brookhaven, Duluth, Marietta, Norcross, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and other Metro area neighborhoods have vibrant trees and stunning landscapes. Our arborists provide a wide range of services related to soil health including testing, soil amending, fertilization and more.

Healthy Trees Need Essential Nutrients

While trees require sunlight and water to create energy, they also depend on quality soil to thrive. When a tree doesn’t have access to a vital nutrient, they can become sterile, have stunted growth, begin to wilt and can eventually die. These six minerals are very important to tree health:

Nitrogen – creates strong, green foliage by assisting chlorophyll production.

Potassium – helps trees to retain water and protects against certain plant diseases and insect infestations.

Phosphorus – sustains proper root growth and flowering, provides security against environmental stress and severe weather.

Sulfur – necessary for seed growth, aids protein and vitamin production.

Calcium – needed for healthy cell walls and nitrate absorption.

Magnesium – keeps foliage vibrant, green and healthy.

Soil Must Have a Balanced pH

A soils pH is a measure of its level of acidity. An improper pH can harm tree growth and make it difficult to absorb vital nutrients. Unfortunately, well-meaning property owners often attempt to amend their soil imbalances with harsh fertilizing methods. While some products may contain nutrients that are missing in your soil, if it causes an improper pH level, then the tree’s health could rapidly decline despite putting your best effort into its recovery. A certified arborist studies the effects of pH and has a deep understanding of amendment application so that the soil surrounding your tree remains balanced.

Improper Drainage Can Deplete the Soil of Nutrients

Poor drainage can also make nutrient absorption challenging for trees, particularly in climates with frequent heavy rainfall. Having excessively sandy soil can cause water to drain too quickly, forcing mobile nutrients like sulfur, potassium and nitrogen to be leached from the ground. However, densely packed soil that doesn’t allow for drainage can make water pool and create an environment where nitrogen is lost to the air and depleted from the soil where it can be absorbed by the roots. An arborist can assess your soil condition and make recommendations s to attain optimal drainage for your trees, shrubs and ornamental plants.

Interested in Restoring Your Soil’s Nutrition Balance? Call the Arborists at 404-CUT-TREE

The arborists at 404-CUT-TREE are highly qualified and experienced in conducting a variety of soil related services including proper fertilization, soil amendments and testing. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help rebalance your tree’s soil, call our office today and schedule an appointment with a tree care specialist in Atlanta, Georgia.