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Plant Health Care/ Fertilization

Many times a tree owner will call an arborist concerned that something is wrong with a tree on their property. It may be that some of the leaves or needles are yellowed or browning, or maybe the leaves have black spots or curling edges. are discolored, Or maybe the entire tree has been dropping leaves. Sometimes the cause of concern is a minor problem such as lack of water or nutrient deficancies that is easily explained and corrected.

Other times the problem is more serious and complex—with several underlying causes and a remedy that requires treatments extending over several years. Unfortunately, there are instances in which the problem has gone undetected for so long that the tree cannot be helped, and the only option is removal. If an arborist had been called earlier, perhaps the tree could have been saved.  This is where Tree Technologies can help.

Tree Health starts at the ground up and soil is one of the most important aspects of tree health.  To determine what vital nutrients are available and which ones are missing the first step is a soil test.

Soil Testing-A soil test is a process by which macro and micro nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc are chemically removed from the soil and measured for their “plant available” content within the sample. The quantity of available nutrients in the sample determines the what further action should be taken.  A soil test also measures soil pH, and organic matter. All soil test are done in house by one of our certified arborist for a quick turn around and a guaranteed understanding of your soil and trees.

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Fertilization- Once a soil test has been completed a fertilizer may be recommended based on the test results.  Tree Technologies uses the highly effective soil injection method for fertilizing.  We only use the best fertilizers that are chealated (cushioned with slow acting compounds) so very little fertilizer is lost to the atmosphere or leached into the water table. Fertilizing your trees is a pro active and effective way of maintaining good health and preventing pests and disease in the future.  Because New Mexico has such an alkaline soil (calcium and magnesium bind up other vital nutrients making them unavailable) many urban trees struggle to survive.  Fertilizing trees will often give them the added nutrients to not just survive, but to thrive under harsh conditions.

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Pest and Disease Identification– If your trees are declining, they are getting regular water and have nutrients available to them the issue may be coming form a pest or disease.  As certified arborists and tree specialists we have the tools to determine what is going on with your tree.  It may be suffering from an internal pathogen, a borer beetle or it may have contacted a fungal infection from a common pest.

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