Tree Nutrition & Fertilization FAQs
You're right. Forest trees grow just fine without fertilizer. This is because the natural decay of plant and animal materials replenishes forest soils with nutrients. Trees in urban and suburban settings, however, need added nutrients for trees to thrive.
Yes, but do you really want to? An efficient fertilization treatment starts with a soil sample to determine which nutrients your tree is lacking. From there, tree professionals are able to tailor the necessary fertilizer to address your trees' specific nutrient needs and apply the fertilizer safely and efficiently.
We are firm believers that companies selling generic “Tree Feeding”, “Deep Root Feeding”, or “Fertilization” without doing any soil testing are companies that you should not have treating your trees.
While it is absolutely true that fertilization and soil amendments are almost always beneficial in urban soils, there is no way to know exactly what is needed without sending out a soil sample for analysis.
Not only do nutrients play a role, if the soil PH is not correct, the tree will not be able to uptake nutrients that may be available.
If you're worried that your trees aren't getting the nutrients they need, the first step is to schedule an arborist consultation. We can assess your trees and perform solid tests to determine the best plan of action for giving your trees the nutrients they require.
We recommend fertilizer treatments in the spring and in the fall. These seasonal treatments are tailored to the trees' specific needs.