Wayne Hitt, ISA Certified Arborist, gets to the root of the matter

Being proactive about your landscape will generate real-time, money-saving results.

Keeping your garden plants healthy instead of treating symptoms after plants have started to decline will also grow the value of your investment. There are several ways you can make the most out of thinking and planning ahead.

Feed your garden, feed your soil.

1. Get your garden on a therapeutic regimen of organic nutrients. Our organic treatment programs place emphasis on the health of your garden by meeting nutritional requirements for optimal plant and soil health. They also work exceptionally well to mitigate insects and disease.

2. Touch up your roots. Root zone fertilization is important for the health of both established and newly planted trees and shrubs. Keeping these garden stalwarts growing vigorously will protect your garden against pest infestation and diseases which are much more likely to invade weak and sickly plant materials. Applied subsurface and under high pressure, the fertilization process also provides beneficial soil aeration for our heavy clay soils. This allows oxygen and moisture to directly enter the root zone, improving plant health and vigor. These aeration benefits are especially important during any type of construction in or near root zones.

3. Go natural. Phases of intense root growth occur during spring and fall, but nourishing anytime is beneficial—ideally with all-natural fertilizer. Lambert’s uses a proprietary blend of nutrient-rich, non-toxic compost tea, a high-quality brew of molasses, fish emulsion, and seaweed steeped in rainwater harvested from the roof of their facility–to encourage a healthier, sustainable soil environment for plant roots to thrive.
4. Probiotics. Mycorrhizae are beneficial microorganisms that work much like probiotics do in the human system, in this case, conferring positive influence and health benefits to the host plant. Mycorrhizae have a symbiotic relationship with plants. The plants provide sugars and starches for the growth of the fungus, and in return, the organisms break down and convert nutrients in the soil, stimulating plant growth. This increase in nutrient availability has other advantages, too, such as enhancing the plant’s ability to absorb water become more stress and drought resistant.

5. Repeat, as needed. Multiple applications of nutrients and organic fertilizers may also be appropriate for vulnerable trees and shrubs. Taking this pro-active approach allows us to be more sensitive to our environment by preventing problems instead of treating after damage has occurred.
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