A lot of home owners simply do not realize that fertilizing your trees should be done on just as much of a routine basis as fertilizing their lawn. It is an integral part of overall tree health, especially for young trees whose root structure has not expanded greatly yet. At Central Florida Tree & Land we possess the knowledge and equipment that it takes to properly fertilize the trees in your landscape that need it. We would be more than happy to stop and visit you at your home or place of business and asses the tree health in your yard and advise you as to which ones needs fertilization.
What is Tree Fertilization?
Tree fertilization is something that people often confuse with giving medicine or vitamins to trees but this is only partially correct; the most important part of tree fertilization is to stimulate the tree to make its own food for growth. The fertilization simply acts as a catalyst for the trees natural growth process and in no way endangers the trees in your landscape at all. It simply stimulates the trees it is applied to get them to produce more glucose and proteins for growth than they normally would do on their own.
How is Tree Fertilizer Applied?
There are times when trees are extremely diseased that injection is the preferred method of fertilization but that is the exception rather than the rule. Simple broadcasting the same way you do fertilizer for your lawn is actually the preferred method with trees too. You are actually fertilizing your trees when you fertilize your lawn to some extent but you are not specifically targeting the trees so it is not as effective as fertilizer that is made for trees.
Broadcasting works because most trees have roots that are within 12 inches of the service so the fertilizer can easily reach them. Fertilizer combined with the ample sunlight and rain that Florida routinely gets promotes overall tree health.
Best Time to Fertilize
Is there a time of year in Lakeland where it is better to fertilize your trees than at other times? The answer to that question is yes. Although fertilization at any time is never a bad thing it is usually best done in the late fall. The reason for this is a lot like bears feeding before going into hibernation; they store up the food to give them strength and it helps provide a boost when the spring growth spurt kicks in.
So even though you do not see quick results from late fall fertilization of your trees, trust our expert opinion that it really does work. There are exceptions to this rule because of the unusually wide variety of tree species found in Lakeland and the surrounding area, so feel free to give us a call and ask about the best time to fertilize a specific tree species found in your yard.
We mentioned before that young trees benefit most from fertilization and that is because mature trees have highly developed root structures that are able to easily get them the nutrients they need. As a matter of fact, the root structure of mature trees often travels so far that it can become a source of headache as it encroaches on sidewalks, septic systems, foundations and driveways. The only time you really need to focus on mature trees as far as fertilization is concerned is if they look unhealthy or have become diseased.
Don’t fret though if your favorite mature tree or any other tree in your yard should become diseased. We can provide you with advice and also help you nurse your diseased trees back to good health. We have time tested methods to battle disease that can save most any tree and get it functioning again as a healthy member of your overall landscape. Think of us as doctors for your trees.
Call Central Florida Tree & Land today at 863-777-5444 for a free estimate on how much it would cost to get the professionals at Central Florida Tree & Land to come out to your home or place of business to fertilize the trees there.