Soil Preparation and Maintenance
Like a building the foundation of all good landscape and tree health is Soil Preparation. Regardless of the soil in your garden, it can be improved by adding organic matter. If your soil is heavy clay, the addition of organic matter …
and maintenance. Through best practices in landscape care and standards, we at Tropical Tree Services, Inc., maintain the best care of your base soil so you get the best results for all of your plants and trees.
We have a high pressure soil injection fertilizer rig that we can, combined with a soil analysis, apply the appropriate nutrients to help your trees perform well.
Fertilization is another important aspect of mature tree care. Trees require certain nutrients (essential elements) to function and grow. Urban landscape trees can be growing in soils that do not contain sufficient available nutrients for satisfactory growth and development. In these situations, it may be necessary to fertilize to improve plant vigor.
Fertilizing a tree can improve growth; however, if fertilizer is not applied wisely, it may not benefit the tree at all and may even adversely affect the tree. Mature trees making satisfactory growth may not require fertilization. When considering supplemental fertilizer, it is important to know which nutrients are needed and when and how they should be applied.
Soil conditions, especially pH and organic matter content, vary greatly, making the proper selection and use of fertilizer a somewhat complex process. When dealing with a mature tree that provides considerable benefit and value to your landscape, it is worth the time and investment to have the soil tested for nutrient content. Our arborists can arrange to have your soil tested at a soil testing laboratory and can give advice on application rates, timing, and the best blend of fertilizer for your trees in the landscape.
Mature trees have expansive root systems that extend from 2 to 3 times the size of the leaf canopy. A major portion of actively growing roots are located outside the tree’s drip line. It is important to understand this fact when applying fertilizer to your trees as well as your turf. Many contain weed and feed formulations that may be harmful to your trees. When you apply a broadleaf herbicide to your turf, remember that tree roots coexist with turf roots. The same herbicide that kills broadleaf weeds in your lawn is picked up by tree roots and can harm or kill your broadleaf trees if applied incorrectly. Understanding the actual size and extent of a tree’s root system before you fertilize is necessary to determine how much, what type, and where to best apply fertilizer
Soils can become compacted for a variety of reasons, construction activities, heavy foot or vehicle traffic, irrigated turf, etc.. Tree roots require oxygen to thrive, and where soils become compacted trees tend to perform poorly or become more susceptible to disease and insect damage. We have a variety of tools to loosen and provide aeration to the soil without damaging