Learn More from ISA-Certified Arborists
Not sure what soil fertilization does for your landscape? Essentially,
it enhances the quality of the soil on your San Diego Area property, in turn
improving the nourishment, growth and health of your trees. The ISA-certified
arborists at Coastal Tree Care elaborate on soil fertilization, and why it
Everything You Should Know about Soil Fertilization
- What is soil fertilization? Soil fertilization is the process of
creating optimum soil conditions for promoting the health and vigor of your
foliage. A well-balanced soil creates the ideal chemical, biological and
physical factors for a thriving landscape. Also, with a proper fertilization
program and timely applications, your trees will demonstrate increased resistance
to pest infestations and tree diseases.
- What factors determine the need for soil fertilization? Tree nourishment starts
with soil nourishment. However, in order to add the right type and amount of
nutrients to your soil, you need to know:
- The short term and long-term needs of your existing trees and
shrubs: An arborist report will offer detailed insights into the type of trees
on your property. It will also include tree health assessments, suggested treatments,
and potential liabilities or hazards related to their growth or health.
- The current composition of your soil: A soil analysis will tell you whether your soil is
compatible with the needs of the existing trees, as well as any new ones that
you want to plant. From water drainage and nutrient retention
qualities, to pH levels (acidity / alkalinity) and nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium
(K) levels, you will get insights into a number of soil-related
- What signs tell you that your soil needs
fertilization programs and timely applications are imperative for maintaining
the general wellness of your trees. However, adding soil nutrients becomes
necessary if your soil tests reveal any deficiencies, especially in the N-P-K levels.
Imbalanced soil nutrition could manifest itself in the form of undersized or
discolored leaves, thinning canopies or branch growth rates, and greater
occurrence of tree pest attacks or diseases.
- When should you fertilize? For newly planted trees or
trees with root damage (due to construction, relocation or trenching work), it’s
important to avoid fertilization until their root system properly re-establishes.
Similarly, for mature trees that have a well-developed root system, restrict
applications to once every two to three years. Wherever annual fertilization is
necessary, schedule your applications in late April to early May, or in
October, when fall sets in and plant growth subsides.
Effective Tree Care Requires Thorough Soil and Tree Diagnostics
At Coastal Tree
Care, we believe that a complete diagnostic on your trees and soil is essential
for determining the various aspects of soil fertilization. It also helps us establish
the soil composition rebalancing efforts required to maintain the vigor of your
landscape. Our ISA-certified arborists usually advise clients to obtain a
detailed soil analysis before custom-designing any tree care and
wellness plans. We also offer comprehensive
reports with accurate assessments
of the current and future needs of your trees.
As a licensed,
bonded and fully insured tree services company, we cater to the landscaping
goals and tree care needs of commercial property owners across the San Diego
area. This includes properties in Coronado, Rancho Santa Fe, Pacific Beach, Del
Mar, and La Jolla, CA.
soil testing and ask for a tree assessment to ensure proper fertilizer applications
and enhance the effectiveness of your tree care plans. Call us at 619-847-4225
or request a
free estimate online.