Trees and shrubs growing in their natural habitats usually remain healthy because they are living in harmony with Mother Nature. In their natural habitat, trees and shrubs benefit from the natural recycling of nutrients that occurs, season to season, but also to the fact that plants in the wild typically grow only where they are best adapted or have a competitive advantage. That is not the case for landscape plants, which for the most part, live in an artificial habitat. Soils may be vastly different from those of the native habitat of a given plant, and nutrient recycling systems may be altered or diminished as a result of planting schemes (planting in turf areas) or maintenance practices (collection of fallen leaves). Basically, most residential landscapes are, in effect, cheating Mother Nature. For these reasons, periodic applications of fertilizer to the soil beneath ornamental trees and shrubs are sometimes needed to replenish essential mineral elements and to promote healthy growth. Trees and shrubs in urban and suburban environments are often under high stress conditions due to low moisture availability, soil compaction, physical damage, nearby construction, and competition from turf and nearby trees and shrubs. Fertilizer applications may reduce, but cannot eliminate, environmental stresses such as these. It is important to keep newly planted trees watered and pruned and to keep weeds away from their bases to avoid excess stress. We offer a Tree and Shrub service, with special products for these types of plants. These specialized treatments offer the right balance of nutrients to help these plants thrive in their artificial habitat. For more information or an estimate, just click here.