A Sick Tree
Did you know that some of the most common reasons for a tree to die is due to poor watering and over-fertilization? While these two things are good in moderation, they can be troublesome if not managed properly.
There are many reasons for a tree to die. Many trees die because they have been over-fertilized or poorly watered, which can happen when homeowners try to fix their own yard without understanding what is going on with the underlying soil and root systems.
Here’s how you know your tree needs help: If it doesn’t produce any new leaves in spring, its leaves look yellowed and brown from lack of water, or the bark looks chalky white instead of greenish gray. One sign that may not be as obvious is decay around an outer branch area after storms or heavy winds. It could also mean roots were damaged during construction work where land was moved away from the property.
In order to prevent your tree from dying, apply a layer of mulch if the soil is dry. When you water, use at least an inch or two and make sure to wet the entire root zone. Keep in mind that trees need more moisture during periods of drought because they are not able to create their own water from sunlight like plants can.
Plus, be mindful about how much fertilizer you give your tree each year; for example, we recommend fertilizing twice per calendar year with general purpose fertilizer such as 15-0-15 NPK which contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Too much will weaken any roots left after construction work has been done on the property.
In Conclusion: If your tree is sickly, it may indicate groundwater issues and too much fertilizer. If you can’t fix your tree problem by yourself, call an arborist. Us at Tree Surgeons Ulverston can help you with any tree-related problem.