With our deep root fertilization service, we inject nutrients deep into the soil. These nutrients invigorate the root and vascular systems of the trees, helping them better withstand the stresses of the urban/suburban environment.
City and suburban soils are totally different from the soils in a native woodlot.
In nature, tree roots can extend out to 2 1/2 times the height of the tree in every direction, with the important feeder roots growing two feet or less from the surface of the soil. In the average home site, these roots have been impeded or injured by excavation for streets, sidewalks, structures and underground utilities. These trees simply have a small fraction of the soil volume they require for optimum growth.
The process of home building often destroys the quality of the soil. During grading, good topsoil is stripped and rarely replaced. Soils become compacted, pushing out important air space.
The natural litter of the forest floor is gone, replaced with competitive grass. The normal replacement of nutrient and organic matter ceases to occur.
Often plants are added to local landscapes which are not native to Mid-Michigan’s generally alkaline soils. If a plant requires acid conditions, they cannot absorb available nutrients in our soils.
Prime examples are Red Sunset maples, many oaks and dogwoods.
Fine feeding roots are impacted by many acute stresses, such as summer drought. Prolonged drought causes severe loss of fibrous root mass and is a major stress factor.
Fertilizing might be recommended to aid in injury recovery (such as severe storm damage) or to simply promote more vigorous growth in new landscape trees.