Why You Need Soil Aeration and Fertilization for Your Trees

In this article we will explore the science behind soil fertilization and aeration, and how important they are for the health of your trees.

Hypoxylon Canker when it is active is a powdery fungus that gets under the bark and pops the bark off while sucking the sap from the tree. treatment in it’s early stages include aeration and fertilization. To get the water to the roots and keep the bugs out of the tree as well as fertilizer to help with new growth.

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Soil aeration or soil de-compaction is one of the most important treatments for maintaining a healthy tree. It is usually done with a high velocity air tool. Special equipments are used by our professionals at Professional 4 Life to create little air pockets or macro pores in the soil that enables the tree roots to breathe more properly, and aid in its growth. Trees’ roots require oxygen and water to grow and remain healthy. When the soil becomes compacted, it gets difficult for the tree to access air or water. Soil aeration allows the tree to access precious nutrients.

Why Does Your Tree Need Soil Aeration?

There are three main reasons why your tree needs soil aeration. They are explained below.

1) Poor Nutrient

In most of the urban areas, the soil around the tree tends to be compacted, and there is no room for the micro-organisms and other plants to grow, which hinders the ability of the tree to absorb necessary nutrients. Soil aeration gives room to the organisms to develop.

2) Drought

If the soil is experiencing drought, aeration becomes necessary. Generally most of the homeowners don’t notice the signs of draughts unless there is a lack of rain. However, your trees can experience draught under normal weather conditions too. If the soil becomes too hard on the top, it means that no water and air can get through to the root system of the tree. Aeration can break the soil particles away from one another, thus eliminating the top hard layer, allowing water and air to penetrate the bottom.

3) Lack of Pore Area

According to recent scientific studies, natural forest soil space has at least 50% pore area for oxygen and moisture absorption. However, urban and suburban soil has typically 10% pore space. This can dramatically affect your tree’s growth and can be a major factor in the tree’s demise. Aeration treatment can help your soil to develop and increase pore surface area.
Aeration not only helps these issues but also decreases the diseases and insect infestation. It also helps promote plant and root growth and aids in managing toxic chemical formation. If you want to save your tree from years of decline and ultimately death, maintaining the health of the soil can be instrumental for healthy roots. To maintain optimal tree health, soil aeration should be done at least twice a year. Our trees service experts are the best in Texas, and at Professional 4 Life, you will be able to avail elite-class tree services at affordable prices.

What Is Soil Fertilization?

There is a common misunderstanding that fertilizers are the food of the trees or plants. This is not true as trees make their own food through photosynthesis. Although to remain healthy, trees need at least 16 nutrients in their soil. If they are not present in the soil in ideal quantities, the PH level of the soil becomes unbalanced. This is the reason why fertilizers are used with bio-stimulants to maintain a healthy soil and tree.

What Is Deep Root Fertilization?

Deep root fertilization is a process in which the tree service experts insert a pipe down the soil to at least 8-12 inches. The pressure is applied and the fertilizer is inserted into the ground. The theory behind this procedure is that the tree roots, which are deep down, have no way of absorbing the fertilization and remain unaffected through conventional methods. If the fertilization mixture is put deeper into the ground, by using special equipment, it will benefit the tree in a better way.
Plant nutrients can be balanced by hiring the best tree service in Texas. Our professional arborists at Professional 4 Life will educate you on how to make your tree better through soil fertilization. For a tree to remain in good health, it is inherent that a 10-20-10 ratio of macro nutrients is maintained. This ratio is most commonly explained as 10% nitrogen, 20% phosphorous and 10% potassium by weight.
The trees and plants that are still growing will benefit greatly from the fertilization. On the other hand, mature trees need fewer amounts of fertilization, because they grow more slowly. However, if the tree or plant is newly planted, it is better to leave it alone and not fertilize it as it is in its first growing cycle, and unless one of our trained experts at Professional 4 Life identifies a health issue or diagnoses a nutritional deficiency, there is no need to administer a fertilizer.
If you want your tree to remain in perfect health, hire the best tree service in Texas, Professional 4 Life. Contact us today, and take the first step towards maintaining lush green trees and a beautiful landscape around your property.

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Drought Effects On Trees

Mountain pine beetle populations have exploded over the past decade due to warmer temperatures and drought, and these insects have infected and killed thousands of acres of western pine forests. Researchers have predicted that as trees died, stream flow would increase because fewer trees would take up water through their roots.

A recent study by University of Utah geology and geophysics professor Paul Brooks and his colleagues in Arizona, Colorado and Idaho, found that if too many trees die, compensatory processes kick in and may actually reduce water availability. When large areas of trees die, the forest floor becomes sunnier, warmer and windier, which causes winter snow and summer rain to evaporate rather than slowly recharging groundwater.

The bad news is that the loss of so many trees may not help alleviate the long-term drought in the West as many have hoped. The good news is that researchers can use the new understanding of forest water cycle to manage healthier forests that are more resistant to drought but still supply water to agriculture and cities downstream.

This is the first empirical evaluation of stream flow response to widespread tree mortality from mountain pine beetles in more than 30 years and is the largest study of its kind, says Brooks.

Brooks presented this research at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in San Francisco. The AGU annual meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

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Trees either hunker down or press on in a drying and warming western US climate

December 10, 2015
University of Washington
Details of the radically divergent strategies that two common tree species employ to cope with drought in southwestern Colorado have been revealed by researchers. As they report in a new paper, one tree species shuts down production and conserves water, while the other alters its physiology to continue growing and using water.

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The Trees will adapt to climate but trees play a role in the climate as well.

In the face of adverse conditions, people might feel tempted by two radically different options — hunker down and wait for conditions to improve, or press on and hope for the best. It would seem that trees employ similar options when the climate turns dry and hot.

Two University of Washington researchers have uncovered details of the radically divergent strategies that two common tree species employ to cope with drought in southwestern Colorado. As they report in a new paper in the journal Global Change Biology, one tree species shuts down production and conserves water, while the other alters its physiology to continue growing and using water. As the entire western United States becomes warmer and drier through human-made climate change, these findings shed light on how woody plants may confront twin scourges of less water and hot weather.

The authors, UW biology graduate student Leander Anderegg and biology professor Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, wanted to understand if different tree species employ similar coping strategies for drought, and how these strategies would affect their future ranges in a warmer and drier climate. They compared how two common tree species differ in terms of shape, growth rate and physiology across wet and dry portions of their native ranges.

“We really wanted to identify the entire suite of strategies that a plant can use to grow in drier environments, as well as which of these strategies each tree would employ,” said Hille Ris Lambers.

Along the slopes of the La Plata Mountains in Colorado’s San Juan National Forest, dry and hot conditions at lower elevations limit tree growth and survival. The ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) grows along these lower elevations. Higher up the slopes, trembling aspens (Populus tremuloides) dominate, and the lowest point of the aspen’s range overlaps with the higher reaches of the ponderosa pine. In the summer of 2014, Anderegg and a team of UW undergraduates collected leaf, branch and tree ring samples of both trees at the extremes of these ranges to learn how they adapted to drought conditions, measuring qualities like growth rate and water tension within the woody tissue.

Anderegg discovered that the trembling aspen and ponderosa pine adopt opposite strategies to cope with drought, with implications for their range and survival.

“On average, this region has already warmed up over 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 30 years,” said Anderegg. “And what were once 100-year droughts are expected to become more frequent in the coming centuries.”

The ponderosa pine used a strategy of “drought avoidance” by conserving water, especially by shutting the tiny openings on its leaves to prevent water loss and slowing growth. The trembling aspen, in contrast, deployed strategies that would allow it to keep growing — at least for a while — during drought, with no change to water conservation strategies.

“On the dry end of their range, the trembling aspens are relatively short with these really fat leaves,” said Anderegg. “Internally, they also grow really strong xylem vessels, which move water inside of the tree. As a consequence, they are much denser and they also grow slower.”

These strategies may influence the contraction of each tree species’ range over time. The trembling aspen’s push to grow might make it more vulnerable to severe or prolonged drought, especially at its dry lower range. Anderegg believes the aspen’s range might shrink in “fits and starts” as a hotter a drier climate settles in. A severe drought in 2002, he notes, already killed off large numbers of trembling aspen at the study site.

The ponderosa pine’s strategy of “drought avoidance” might mean that its range will contract more gradually than the trembling aspen’s, the authors note. These differences in adaptation will reshape forest ecosystems in the face of climate change, they believe. Anderegg and Hille Ris Lambers would like to identify the tree life stages most vulnerable to drought, which might affect how quickly their ranges contract, and what forest policymakers could do to try to cope with these changes.

“If we know how the forests will change, we can hopefully manage things so that we don’t lose the things we love and rely on — things like air and water purification, erosion control and forest biodiversity,” said Anderegg. “We’d like to be able to mitigate some of the negative effects to this vast public resource and keep climate change from being hugely detrimental.”

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The above post is reprinted from materials provided by University of Washington. The original item was written by James Urton.

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Annual Tree Maintenance Program


Annual Tree Maintenance Program

Professional 4 Life Tree Service now has an Annual Tree Maintenance Program that we offer our customers.  When it comes to a annual program for tree maintenance, we wrote the book, literally.  Created and designed by Professional 4 Life Enterprises, our tree maintenance program is getting quite a welcome from our long-term customers. 

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Our Tree Maintenance program includes removal of any tree damage at no charge in the case of a storm that damages a tree included in the tree maintenance program.

Here’s The Scoop on Tree Care

We at Professional 4 Life tree service believe that we can make a difference.  We believe that your chances for storm damage are dramatically reduced, when we prune your trees and clean them out properly,.  All tree services will tell you that, but we are willing to stand behind this statement.  We also want to retain our customers, therefore, here is the plan…

  • The customer hires Professional 4 Life Tree Service to come out and do a class A pruning on your trees.
  • You the customer pays for the pruning that we have done.  Normally the price for us to come back and re-prune your trees would be slightly lower than the first time.


However, under the Annual Tree Maintenance Program you get so much more…


  • Professional 4 Life comes out in February to fertilize your tree.  At that time we will also check for pests and address those if they are present.
  • We’ll also prune the trees the following Fall.
  • We will remove any storm damages to the tree and haul away all debris.  If the tree is pushed over as with the tree above we will remove the tree and haul away all debris.

You pay only for the second year of pruning and a set up charge to install feeder tubes. Either in advance or we can put you on the easy pay plan with low monthly installments.

Your savings Are:

  • No charge for the fertilization of the tree value of up to $300
  • Free extermination of the treatment for pests (if needed) value up to $200
  • You pay nothing for storm damages to your tree. values up to and exceeding $5000 or more[/sociallocker]

Simple right? Why isn’t anyone else doing this you ask.  We are always looking for ways to improve our service.  Our company is always looking for new and better ways for customer service, and of course we want to keep our customers all to ourselves – selfish of us, huh? We want to earn your business and keep it.  Our families depend on it.

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