Many tree care services offer soil treatment service to customize the requirements of different plants and trees. The tree care experts in Bay Area first take a sample of the soil from the root of the tree to check the nutrients that the soil lacks, based on the type of tree or plant. When you need the tree or plants fertilized, the basis is that the nutrient deficiency has to be eliminated so that the soil is able to nourish and enhance the growth of the tree.

Soil report

The next step taken by the tree care professional is to look at the analysis of the report generated about the soil sample. It is shared with clients that are interested in knowing more about the deficiencies in the soil. Usually, the report contains customized information about the soil sample and presence of the nutrients as well as the nutrients that it lacks. From the organic matter, pH balance and the additional fertilizer that the soil needs, everything is mentioned. Though not all tree care companies offer this service, if you are looking at the better health and growth of your trees, look online and find a company that does it. It helps homeowners and arborists understand the right fertilizer and nutrients to add to the soil.

Based on the report, a specific amount of fertilizer is put into the soil to ensure that it is rich in nutrients again and helps to promote better growth of the trees. Many services use a standard fertilizer but if your soil report shows a specific deficiency it is important to get the soil treated and enriched with that specific nutrient. Using wrong fertilizer will do the trees and plants no good.

Soil treatment

To start with the application of the fertilizer, it is important to consider the root area of the plant or tree. The arborist would be able to help you get the complete area marked. The fertilizer has to be uniformly distributed within the roots region and under the leafy canopy. The experts might need to inject the nutrients under the soil while other areas will be covered with the nutrient rich fertilizer. They will water it after the dry fertilizer has been layered.

It is essential to avoid saturated soil issues by reducing the watering or get the drainage done properly. Don’t pack the fertilizer or mulch tightly as aeration to the soil and roots will be stopped, leading to infestation and pooling of water. Don’t use plastic sheeting as it reduces the oxygen into the soil. That is one of the reasons to call in the professionals and get the fertilizer and mulching done professionally.


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