Easy, inexpensive, and nourishing fertilization methods
The good news is that the alternative to chemical fertilizer is free, better for the planet, and widely available in your backyard
Utilizing decomposing materials such as wood chips, compost, and/ or leaves provides food for the critters that live in your yard. This method mimics how trees get nutrients in the forest which means that it is sustainable and doesn’t have any accompanying harmful impacts of store-bought fertilizers.
Here are three ways you can fertilize your trees and shrubs without using chemicals:
- Wood Mulch/Chips: Wood Mulch/chips provide a multitude of benefits to your trees and shrubs. They feed the soil, regulate temperature, and regulate moisture, and you can find them at your local home and garden store, or at Johnson Ops Tree Care
- Compost: All of those food scraps left over from meals? They are a feast for the microorganisms living in your soil. You can either make your own compost bin or work with a local composting service to break down the organic matter into decomposing material.
- Leaves: This one is the easiest of all. Just leave your leaves. Instead of bagging up leaves, just leave them where they fall. If you are concerned about your grass, you can rake them into beds under your trees and around your shrubs. Leaf mulch is part of a tree’s natural cycle. It is nature’s way of recycling essential nutrients and protecting the tree’s roots during the harsh winter months. Leaf mulch also fortifies soil by providing rotting stuff, which is the foundation of healthy soil.
The best thing about these solutions is that they feed your trees and shrubs using items that are typically regarded as waste. In addition, they are easily accessible, affordable, and safe for the environment, pups, and children.
Contact Johnson Ops Tree Care for a yard assessment, and one of our ISA Certified Arborists will be happy to address any questions you may have. (608) 526-6297