Learning Center: Fall Deep Root Feeding
The fall months are a crucial time for trees and shrubs. Nutrients in the soil are getting scarce after a long summer, and without proper fertilization, your trees could be at risk during the cold winter months. Use Fit Turf’s guide to learn more about deep root feeding in the fall can help your trees stay strong all winter.
A Direct Feed
Deep root feeding is a form of tree fertilization where a probe is used to inject liquid fertilizer directly into the ground surrounding a tree or shrub. This makes the fertilizer quickly available to the feeder roots, while allowing the plant to use more of it overall. Doing a deep root feed in the fall allows tree roots to start storing up a reserve of carbohydrates for the winter.
When to Feed
Other conditions may point to a deep feed being necessary. The technique is especially beneficial for plants in compacted or clay soil, which hinders sprayed or broadcasted fertilizer from getting to the feeder roots. If adequate nutrients aren’t readily available in the environment, deep feeding will give your tree these nutrients. If a tree is giving off signs of stress, such as stunted branch and leaf growth, premature foliage or wilted leaves, then a deep feed will help relieve this stress.
What to Serve
Picking the right fertilizer is an important part of keeping your plants healthy. A balanced fertilizer is best for trees, which means your NPK (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) number ratings should be identical. When you’re doing a deep root feed, the nitrogen level should be your main concern, as it is what your tree needs the most.
If you’re looking for deep root feeding services in the greater Denver or Detroit areas, then contact the professional technicians at Fit Turf. We’ll take care of all your fall fertilization needs so your trees will look better than ever the following spring.