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Healthy Trees Start with Healthy Soil

While healthy strong roots are key to the health of your trees, root health depends on healthy soil. Soil full of living microorganisms, organic matter and oxygen will keep your tree’s feeder roots strong and productive. Once soil gets compacted and microbes die off, your soil can no longer feed your plants and trees. Supplemental soil feeding can help rejuvenate worn out soil.

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While winter is not a great time to apply conventional
fertilizers to your trees and landscape. However, it is a good time to
feed the soil. Your soil is still active during winter months. Feeding
soil now, as well as aerating it, can help your trees get off to a great
start come spring.

Soil needs to breathe

Did you know soil is actually a living organism that requires water and food to thrive?
Healthy soil that is fed organic matter such as compost and humus will
help your plants absorb nutrients and water more efficiently. Our soils
here in North Texas are often heavy clay; they get compacted and can
either hold too much water or not enough. Soil organisms and your tree’s
roots can suffocate in such compacted soil. Aerating your soil at least
once a year can help breathe life back into the soil and reduce
compaction. Aerating also stimulates microbial activity.

What does Preservation Tree do to keep your soil healthy?

If you are part of our SEASONS
program, we feed your trees year-round. In addition to feeding your
trees, in spring, summer and fall, we also feed the soil with liquid
compost extract, beneficial bacteria and other soil conditioner. These
soil supplements enhance soil health and provide the nutrients trees
need to develop a vigorous root system.

A Note on Mulch: Mulch
is a great way to put nutrients back into the soil. Mulch breaks down
in the soil over time, improving soil structure and also adding
nutrients. Mulch will help your landscape retain more moisture,
especially through the summer months. While you should mulch your newly
planted trees, remember not to pile mulch up against the trunk. The base
of the tree should always be exposed.

Ready to get your trees on a fertilization plan? Give us a call to sign up for the SEASONS program this spring! You’ll be just in time for the year’s first feeding!

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