If you are debating whether or not your trees and shrubs could use fertilizer – the answer is YES!
Consider the fact that plants that make up residential landscaping are already somewhat out of their element. Construction activities when homes are built lead to soil that is heavily compacted, poorly aerated and poorly drained – not the best conditions for tree and shrub growth. This is not to mention the lack of natural nutrients in lawns when compared to a natural forest habitat. In lawns and landscapes, we regularly rake away leaves and other organic matter before it has a chance to decompose and become valuable food.
Fertilizer ensures that your trees and shrubs have the essential nutrients they need for healthy growth: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. When they’re fertilized regularly, your trees and shrubs will exhibit deeper color, denser growth and better blooming. Plus, they’ll have an improved ability to fight off insects and disease. Springtime fertilizations are heavy in nitrogen, which accelerates top growth in trees and shrubs while greening up turf.
Without fertilization, your trees and shrubs won’t be able to reach their true potential. Over time, they may begin to show signs of nutrient deficiency including reduced leaf size and color, as well as an overall reduction in growth.
By having your trees and shrubs fertilized regularly, you’ll be rewarded with healthier, more beautiful trees and shrubs that you can enjoy for many years to come.