"It's the air we breathe."
Did you know that nearly 80% of all tree problems originate below ground? Soil is a critical component of tree health. In order to thrive, trees must have healthy soil in which to grow.
What makes healthy soil? In simplified terms, healthy soil has a functioning soil food web, proper aeration, adequate water, and sufficient nutrients.
In order to improve the health of your soil, which will create better growing conditions for your trees and shrubs, we focus on these four main components of soil health, as well as a number of other supporting factors such as soil pH. This is the basis for our soil improvement program, which we offer to clients.
Functioning Soil Food Web: The soil food web is the basis for life in the soil. It is a vastly complicated interconnected network of living organisms that are fueled by primary producers. As organisms break down complex materials and consume lower-level organisms, nutrients are converted, broken down, and are made available to plants and to other soil organisms. With our soil improvement program we place a lot of emphasis on rebuilding and rejuvenating the soil food web. If we can heal the soil food web we begin to recreate what happens naturally in the forest and improve the health of your trees and shrubs.
Proper Aeration: Tree roots and all the living organisms that make up the soil food web must have oxygen in order to survive. But much of the soil within the suburban landscape is compacted due to development, construction, and foot traffic, which limits available oxygen in the ground. We use a variety of tools and methods to de-compact and aerate the soil ranging from using an Air Spade to mulching.
Adequate Water: Trees and living organisms within the soil must have water to live. Without adequate water they decline in health and eventually die. Conversely, too much water will drown underground life. As a part of our soil improvement program we work to ensure your trees and shrubs have adequate water.
Sufficient Nutrients: Trees and shrubs need nutrients in order to live a healthy life. They need 16 elements for proper growth and development. Three of these (carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen) are provided by air and water. The others are obtained from the soil. Nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) are required in the greatest abundance. During our soil improvement program we work to ensure that sufficient nutrients are available to your trees and shrubs. Visit our Tree & Shrub Fertilization page to learn more.
At the end of the day, our goal is simply to recreate what happens naturally in the forest. We know that the forest is full of healthy, happy trees that have a healthy soil food web, plenty of aeration, adequate moisture, and sufficient nutrients.
We would love to send one of our educated arborists to meet with you for a free consultation in order to discuss our soil improvement program in more depth.
Soil Improvement Program