The Benefits of Tree Fertilization: Why and When It Should Be Done in Toronto
With spring now just around the corner, many Toronto homeowners are looking ahead to cleaning and preparing their property for the new growing season. This will include such projects as removing debris from the flower beds, turning the soil in their gardens, and purchasing seed and fertilizer to help thicken their lawn and try to choke out any weeds.
However, while all of this planning and activity is happening, there is an essential aspect of spring property maintenance that can often get overlooked; tree fertilization. This is particularly significant for younger trees that have a trunk diameter of six inches or less but certainly not to the exclusion of any older or more mature trees on the property.
Undoubtedly, some tree fertilization does happen at first planting but, when pressed, the majority of Toronto property owners would likely admit that this is repeated infrequently, if at all, throughout the life of their trees. But it is precisely this step within the overall tree care process that can help keep trees healthy and extend their lifespans.
There are several reasons why regular tree fertilization is recommended if not required for the majority of trees throughout Toronto; these motives would include:
- To promote maximum growth
- To enrich health and prolong life
- To replenish the nutrients in the soil
- To protect against disease and infestation
Whether they are situated in high-density neighbourhoods or in sprawling suburbs, trees can be subjected to considerable stress due to such circumstances as:
- Soil compaction
- Seasonal storm damage
- Construction-related activities
- Low levels of moisture in the soil
- Competition from adjacent lawns/gardens
As a result, a tree can demonstrate the following signs/symptoms that fertilization might be lacking:
- Yellow or off-colour foliage
- Presence of disease or insects
- Slow or minimal new-shoot growth
- Decrease in the size or amount of foliage
- Less-than-expected amount of annual growth
In general, the best time for tree fertilization in Toronto would be from the point that the soil becomes workable (frost-free) until just before growth begins (early May). However, if any of the above signs/symptoms are apparent during the growing season, fertilization should take place as soon as possible.
Safeguarding tree health and vitality is essential to maintaining and enhancing the curb appeal of a property. Attending to tree care needs, including fertilization, will play a vital role in prolonging tree life and enhancing the functions and benefits that they provide for Toronto property owners.
The Type and Amount of Tree Fertilization is Influenced by Several Key Factors
In many cases, increasing the amount of nitrogen in the soil will be sufficient to promote tree growth and enhance tree health and vitality. However, there can be occasions when adding other chemical elements or nutrients may prove to be beneficial; this would best be determined through a soil test administered and evaluated by a tree services provider such as OnTree in Toronto.
Further to recommending the type of tree fertilizer to be applied, the tree service experts from OnTree can assess other factors that will influence:
- How much to apply
- How often to apply it
- The means of application
The various factors that the OnTree specialists will take into consideration would include:
- Age – a newer tree planting/sapling versus mature trees
- Type – deciduous, coniferous/evergreen, or fruit-bearing?
- Location – the density or proximity of other trees and shrubs
- Soil – what is the pH (or the acidity level) of the surrounding soil?
- Tree Condition – present state of health and urgency to restore it
- Health and Safety – for the family, their pets, and their environment
For further information on the tree fertilization services offered to Toronto area property owners by the team from OnTree, visit our Plant Health Care page.
Looking for timely and effective fertilization service for any new tree planting or mature trees? Call the specialists from OnTree in Toronto at 416-412-2100 today or Contact us to schedule your spring tree care service or to obtain a free estimate.