Deep Root Fertilization | Plano, Dallas & McKinney, TX

What is it?

D & J Arborists Tree Services offers Deep Root Fertilization for maximum tree health and growth. There are two types of Deep Root Fertilization: One is to use a high pressure liquid soil injection tool, and the second type, known as vertical mulching. Liquid injections offer immediate release of the nutrients that the tree needs. It aerates the soil and can work in tandem with the vertical mulch method. The advantage of the liquid injections is the immediate access the roots have to the nutrients, this method does not or has less probability of cutting into the roots of the tree and the psi of the pump causes the soil to break apart where injected. This is similar to fracking, I believe, to a much lesser degree. The process for vertical mulching is fairly easy on trees. Holes are created in a grid-like pattern throughout the root zone of an affected tree. The holes are filled with a mixture of beneficial organisms and nutrients. In addition to relieving soil compaction, these holes provide a new space for the tree roots to expand and actually prevent re-compaction of the soil, while providing a way for oxygen to reach the root system. This is the best way to help trees recover from stress. Trees showing signs of stress such as limb loss, early leaf drop, or early leaf color change may need vertical mulching.

We provide vertical mulching services to help encourage healthy roots in your trees. Vertical mulching can achieve several goals for the roots of your tree. It helps aerate the soil where the roots are. This creates more space in the soil for oxygen and water, the two most important elements for healthy root production. Compaction is one of the most common problems for roots, leading to anaerobic activity in the soil, as well as leaving very little room for water, vital to a trees healthy growth. Vertical mulching also helps add organic material into the soil around the root system; organic material breakdown into the soil, providing more aeration, food for beneficial micro-organisms and organic compounds important to the trees nutritional needs.

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Vertical Mulching: When and How Often?

Vertical Mulching can last up to two years but if a particular tree has incurred substantial stress then vertical mulching may need to be done every six to twelve months depending on the severity of the stress and condition of the soil.

Note: The Texas Forest Service publishes a list of the largest trees in Texas called "The Texas Big Tree Registry". Trees come and go on the list. One reason trees are replaced is because of storm damage (lightning).

Tree Myth: Lightning does not strike in the same place twice.

Fact: Some trees have a history of multiple strikes. Roots are opportunistic and develop wherever oxygen, nutrients, and moisture are present. Ongoing Deep root fertilization programs improve the oxygen content, microbial activity, and nutrient levels within the soil, leading to improved environmental conditions around and within the root zone.

Deep Root Fertilization: Our Approach

The formulation of our fertilizer is a custom mixture manufactured exclusively for the clients of D&J Arborist.