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Plant Health Care: Soil & Root Care
Nutrient deficiency is a gateway for disease and insect problems in plants. Our custom-tailored soil and root care applications increase tree and shrub health, strengthening their natural defenses.
The health of plants and trees lie below the ground, in their roots. This means the soil around the roots must be capable of giving it what it needs -- water, oxygen and nutrients. Almstead's fertilization treatment for trees and shrubs enhance soil dynamics with valuable micronutrients and biostimulants, creating a healthier and more ecologically sustainable root zone and promoting root growth. Nutrients and soil amendments are injected directly into the plant's root zone. Some of the nutrients are utilized immediately. However, the bulk of the fertilizer remains in the root zone for future use, providing for a stable over-wintering and full spring development.
Plants require macro-nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium or N-P-K) as well as micro-nutrients (trace elements such as boron, magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, copper, molybdenum, and selenium) to grow and thrive. After a visual inspection, your Almstead arborist may conduct a soil test. Based on the results, we prepare a custom blend of fertilizer that addresses the deficiencies of macro-nutrients in the soil. Most of our soils in the Northeast have plenty of Phosphorous so we leave it out unless soil tests indicate a deficiency (Westchester County has a ban on it in fertilizers unless there is a deficiency in the soil test). We also use compost, organic amendments, and specially prepared organic teas to provide soil biology to naturally promote not only nutrients but also plant health and vigor. The balance of these amendments vary depending on the plant type, soil conditions, stress level, and more.
Benefits of Custom Blended Fertilization
In addition to replenishing the soil with necessary nutrients and soil additives for continued growth and vigor, fertilization treatments provide these significant plant health care benefits:
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