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Tree Root Basics and Deep Root Feeding

Deep Root Feeding Explained

Arborists frequently propose deep root fertilization when it comes to fertilizing trees. Deep root feeding is a fertilizer application intended to aid trees suffering or exhibiting indications of diminished growth. This treatment injects nutrients and organic materials into the soil around your trees’ roots using high-pressure professional equipment.

Liquid fertilizers are injected into feeding roots that are found about 5 inches deep in the ground. Injection of nutrients at this depth ensures the thorough and proper distribution of nutrients. We perform this injection in a grid pattern under the trees and surrounding soil for better nutrient absorption.

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Benefits of Deep Root Feeding

Deep root feeding is a fertility method that involves placing a large increase of nutrients at the base of your tree and funneling nutrients 8-12″ underground. Even healthy trees can benefit from deep roots feeding. Just as vitamins are essential for the growth of the human body, fertilizers contain different minerals necessary for the tree’s growth. 

Deep root feeding also causes roots to deepen into the round, which results in stronger support and better water absorption thanks to deeper roots. Deeper roots also help the trees in drought or low soil water levels because they help trees absorb water from deep under the soil.

Water and nutrients might have difficulty reaching down to a tree’s roots if the soil is compacted or the surrounding grass thatch is too thick. In addition to fertilizing, deep root feeding helps to aerate compacted soil so roots can obtain the oxygen they need to absorb nutrients.

Signs That Your Tree Needs Deep Roots Feeding

Newly planted trees or trees damaged in a storm are prime candidates for deep root feeding. After an environmental shock, an extra blast of nutrients can help speed up recovery. Mature trees express their need for fertilizers in their way. Leaves provide a good diagnosis of this problem. You can try to find these signs:

  • Diminished growth despite proper watering.
  • Leaves size depreciating.
  • Leaves color turning yellow from green.
  • Leaves fall before the fall season.

If you see these indications in your trees, your trees need deep root feeding now. These signs show that the growth and nourishment of your trees are being inhibited, and you need fertilizers to solve this problem.

The Optimal Time for Deep Root Feeding

Although deep root feeding treatments can be carried out in the spring and summer, they are most commonly carried out in the early fall. This early feeding allows the tree to collect the required nutrients before winter when it is not stressed by high heat, lack of moisture, or aggressive development. Your trees will benefit from just one deep root fertilizer application, and the benefits will be dramatic and long-lasting.

Final Verdict

Trees require deep root feeding for their optimal growth. Providing nutrients deep into the soil increases the resilience and nutrient absorption of the trees. This article discussed tree root basics and deep root feeding, which can be great in handling this problem.

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