Signs Your Tree or Shrub Needs a Nutrition Boost

Most established ornamental plants require care to stay healthy and thrive.   Regular fertilization, pruning, watering, mulching and pest control are all part of a good landscape management program.  Here are some tips on how to ensure your trees and shrubs are getting the nutrients they need to stay healthy and flourish. 

Signs your woody plants need more nutrients

Trees and shrubs exhibit signs of malnutrition through the outward appearance.  The most common symptom is discoloration, specifically yellowing leaves.  Also keep in mind all trees should grow within a calendar year, and stunted growth is an indicator of poor nutritional health, including lack of branch expansion and thickening limbs.  Another sign that’s harder to spot is leaves becoming progressively smaller year after year.  And while young trees may not show sign of malnutrition, they will benefit from added nutrition while getting established.     

There are sixteen mineral elements essential to basic woody plant growth.  Research shows that nitrogen is the most effective nutrient in yielding the greatest growth in trees and shrubs. Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen are easily absorbed from the air and water.  The need for other mineral elements may vary, based on the plant and location.  While all trees and shrubs benefit from supplemental nutrition, those planted in a location best suited for their needs require less maintenance, such as species native to Georgia and therefore well-suited for our soil type.  Ornamental plants not native to this area require more nurturing. 

The Best Time for Tree and Shrub Care

Your trees and shrubs have unique needs throughout the growing season, but nutrients can be absorbed anytime the soil temperature is above 40 degrees.  Slow release nutrients are ideal, resulting in more uniform growth. 

Plants do not absorb nutrients without adequate water, and trees and shrubs should not be fertilized during times of drought unless irrigation is available. Some fertilizers may also cause root damage if water is lacking.

Low maintenance landscapes

Today, low-maintenance landscape design is gaining in popularity as people try to streamline their lifestyles.  Investing little time and effort in routine tree and shrub care while enjoying all the benefits a beautiful landscape has to offer is very appealing to a growing number of homeowners. 

A great way to ensure your trees and shrubs can stay healthy and maintain an attractive appearance with minimal upkeep is determining the best location within the landscape.  The experts at Handy Andy Outdoors can advise on the best placement for woody plants and trees in your landscape, and we use the most environmentally responsible products available as we care for your trees and shrubs with horticultural oil, insect and disease control, iron and fertilizer.  We’re also you one-stop-shop for routine fertilization, pruning, watering, mulching and pest control.  Ready to start a healthy landscape management program?  Give us a call today!