Fall 2014 - Fast and Quick Isn't Always Better

By: Jeff Wilson, Certified Arborist IL-0099A

In our daily lives usually getting something quickly is the norm and most times that’s a good thing!  However, the “green” that surrounds us, the Trees and Grass, know that fast and quick can be detrimental.  Here are some facts that may help you with your tree and grass care:

  • Shade trees, like any other landscape plants, will respond to fertilization. 
  • Most shade trees exist in nature without much care, but transplanting trees into urban areas or man-made conditions can create problems. 
  • Shade trees often grow in restricted root zone areas; surrounded by pavement or compacted soil or physically damaged by construction activities. 
  • The root system is just as important (and delicate) as the above-ground parts. 
  • Application of slow release fertilizer forms of fertilizer provides the most efficient use of nutrients because root growth and nutrient absorption can occur anytime soil temperatures are above 40 degrees.
  • Slow release fertilizers are preferred over quick release types because they provide nutrients more slowly resulting in more uniform growth.  They also have a lower potential impact on the environment.  
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