Soil And Root Care With Our Professional Tree Services
A large proportion of trees begin to decline as a result of poor soil and root care. By creating a good environment for tree roots to grow, you take the first step to growing a long lived and healthy tree. Ontree can assist you in developing good soil and rooting conditions with these simple yet vital services:
A primary step in assuring good tree health is to provide a nutrient and mineral rich soil. Nutrients and minerals are used by roots to feed and fuel tree growth. But like any food source, nutrients and minerals frequently need to be replenished. Fertilizing your trees is a good way to replenish a tree’s food source.
Fertilizing is typically done by injection of a premixed solution into a tree’s root zone. Injection holes are spaced one meter apart and cover the tree’s entire root zone wherever possible. Through this method of application, the fertilizer is able to reach a far greater portion of a tree’s uptake roots, allowing maximum absorption of the nutrients.
Mycorrhizae are beneficial fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with roots and assist trees by improving nutrient and water uptake, improving root growth and reducing drought stress. Mycorrhizae occur naturally in undisturbed soils, but are deficient in urban or disturbed soils.
Mycorrhizae are applied to a tree’s root zone in the same manner as fertilizer, and can be used in conjunction with fertilizers.
Aerating is the process of removing soil from a given area. Aerating is most helpful in recently disturbed soils where compaction has occurred, such as on construction sites. Soil compaction limits the amount of airflow through the roots, reducing oxygen levels, and in effect, suffocating the trees. Aerating helps to decrease soil volume in a way that is not harmful to the root system and provides great benefits to your trees
An auger is used to drill 2″ diameter holes to a depth of 12-16″. The debris from the hole is removed, which provides more space for the remaining soil. The holes are generally spaced 1 meter apart, over the entire working area. In some cases, the holes are backfilled with sand, or with organic soil.
Mulching is the process of spreading organic material over a tree’s root zone. Mulching moderates soil temperatures, increases moisture retention in the soil, and provides nutrients to your trees for several years.
Ontree repurposes all of the healthy tree debris generated in the process of tree care. Branches that have been pruned are put through our chippers, making excellent mulch in the form of wood chips. Wood chips are excellent and relatively inexpensive mulch that can be applied to any exposed soils.
Insect And Disease Control
Although there are many small creatures that are associated with trees, few are actually pests that cause harm. Of those that can harm a tree, many can be controlled through simple techniques such as monitoring, pruning or manual removal. Others may require further types of control such as a chemical application. Wherever possible, chemicals used by Ontree are environmentally safe, low or non-toxic products such as soap, oil and copper.
The first and most important step in treating an unhealthy tree is to correctly identify the cause. Mapping the effective route of treatment flows from this identification. Frequently, the pest associated with a tree is not the cause of the tree’s decline, but is merely a secondary opportunistic problem. In other words, eliminating a pest may not noticeably improve a tree’s health. Ontree’s ISA Certified Arborists can help detect the root cause of a tree’s affliction and prescribe appropriate solutions.