Creating The Right Soil For Your Tree – April 2016

How to Improve Your Tree’s Soil
A vital and often overlooked factor affecting the health of your trees and shrubs is soil. In fact, improving your tree’s soil is very often the best possible thing you can do to help it thrive.

What Can I Do to Improve My Soil?
Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure your trees and shrubs have the soil they need. The first step is timely fertilization. The second step is the addition of mycorrhizal fungi.

Mycorrhizae is a mutually beneficial relationship between fungi and plants. In exchange for sugars and simple carbohydrates, the fungi absorbs and passes on minerals and water required for the plant’s growth.

Many have developed this relationship to enable them to survive conditions of drought, extreme temperatures, and periods of low soil fertility. Because mycorrhizal fungi live in and around a plant’s living root system, they effectively extend the root system deeper into the soil, allowing a plant to take in more nutrients. These organisms are a vital link in a plant’s nutrient cycle.

In nature, mycorrhizal fungi are found on about 99% of plant species, but in urban environments, the poor, compacted soils often lack this essential fungi.

Almost all trees in urban settings will benefit from the addition of mycorrhizal fungi to the soil, but different types of trees require different fungi.

Give Your Tree The Soil It Needs
As a homeowner, the best contribution you can make to your tree’s health is the addition of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi to the soil.

When You Need Help
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