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  • Plant Health

    Tree care involves more than managing disease and insect infestations. Young trees benefit from fertilizations, and all trees need water to survive. To learn more about caring for your trees, explore the links below.

    MULCH AND ITS BENEFITS






    RyanLawn-resourceLibrary-plantHealth-mulchMulch is any material used at the soil’s surface to prevent loss of water by evaporation, keep weeds down, moderate soil temperature fluctuations, or promote soil productivity. Options include, but are not limited to, a full range of organic materials such as wood chips, bark, leaves, peat moss, lawn clippings, conifer needles, hay, straw, nutshells and more. The following information pertains to organic wood chips and bark mulch in your landscape.

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    ROOT FERTILIZATION






    RyanLawn-resources-plantHealth-rootFertilizationWe live in a managed society, and our landscapes are no longer as natural as the forest. Trees in urban settings have to be properly managed because of constant stress. Without the native forest floor, trees’ root zones no longer have organic matter to break down and turn into needed nutrients, giving urban trees a shorter life expectancy. Fertilization will help supplement lacking nutrients and increase trees’ health and life expectancy.






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    WATERING TREES AND SHRUBS






    RyanLawn-resources-planthealth-waterHow much you need to water your trees and shrubs depends on several factors: plant species, current soil moisture, soil texture (sand, loam, or clay) and drainage. The amount of air in the soil is as important as moisture, and these elements must be kept in balance for optimum plant health.






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    GIRDLING ROOTS






    RyanLawn-resources-planthealth-girdlingrootsGirdling roots grow around or across the trunk or other roots of a tree. They act like a tourniquet, restricting and eventually cutting off the flow of water and nutrients to areas within the tree. They are common on trees planted in urban areas. Although the symptoms of girdling roots show up as the tree is maturing, the problem generally starts when the tree is young.






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    IRON CHLOROSIS






    RyanLawn-resources-planthealth-ironchlorosisIron chlorosis is a lack of iron in the tree. It is most prevalent in areas with a high level of clay in the soil.






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    FACTS ABOUT URBAN TREES






    • RyanLawn-resources-plantHealth-urbantreesOn average, a successful tree growing in a yard lives one-quarter as long as a successful forest-grown tree.
    • Trees growing in yards have root systems that are less than one-half the root mass of forest trees.
    • On average, trees growing in yards have one-third the stored energy of those in the woods.
    • Most yard soils do not provide adequate nutrients for healthy trees. This can be due to organic matter being raked off, competition with grass, and the failure of nutrient recycling micro-organisms to thrive.
    • Compacted soils restrict tree growth and significantly reduce nutrient, water and oxygen mobility.

    To help combat urban stresses, contact your Ryan Pro to schedule root fertilization for your trees and shrubs.






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