Poor Soil Composition Is Killing Your Tree

poor soil compositionSoil composition is an important part of managing a tree’s nutrients, but it’s commonly overlooked by homeowners. Soil is a complex eco-system made up of minerals, organic matter, water, and air. Typically in environments undisturbed by humans, such as the forest, the soil naturally keeps itself in balance which is considered good soil composition. However, in urban and suburban areas like ours, it’s common to find out of balance soil, also known as poor soil composition. When these levels get out of balance they can stop the tree from absorbing the nutrients it needs to survive.

Symptoms of Poor Soil Composition:

  • Crown decline
  • Yellowing of leaves
  • Poor Growth
  • Increased Susceptibility to Insects & Disease
  • Overall Health Decline

If your tree is suffering from these symptoms don’t worry. There are solutions to poor soil composition.

Soil Aeration

De-Compaction & Pore Space

Solutions To Poor Soil Compaction:

De-compaction: In the past, we’ve talked about soil compaction smothering the roots of a tree, but soil compaction can also lead to poor soil composition. By de-compacting the critical root zone, more pore space is created which allows nutrients, micro-organisms, and other beneficial properties to re-populate the soil.

High Velocity Air Tool

High-Velocity Air Tool

Vertical Mulching: This process is similar to de-compaction but goes one step further. Vertical mulching uses the same high-velocity air tool, as de-compaction does, but the technician creates holes every 2 to 3 inches in the critical root zone. These holes are then filled with organic matter which permeates the soil and improves the overall soil composition.

Bio-Stimulants: Bio-Stimulants contain a natural blend of sugars, bacteria, humic acid, sea kelp extract and fungi that feed the soil and naturally fertilize the tree. By introducing this blend to the critical root zone it will re-establish good soil composition and act as a multi-vitamin for your tree.

If your tree has poor soil composition, a Certified Arborist will develop a plan using one or a combination of the solutions discussed above to adjust the soil and return it to its proper composition.

If your tree is having health issues or just lacks the luster it used to have and you’re not sure why have a Certified Arborist perform soil testing. Your tree could be not receiving the nutrients it needs because of its soil composition. Call on of our Arborists today 703.573.3029 or book online to schedule your soil composition consultation.

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Samantha Huff

Samantha Huff is the marketing coordinator at RTEC Treecare. She enjoys learning about the technical aspects of trees and the insects and diseases that prey on them. She hopes that these articles can help homeowners gain control of their tree and shrub maintenance by being aware of the signs and symptoms of unhealthy trees.

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