Swazy & Alexander Blog

  Oct 10, 2017 4:21:16 PM

Imagine you have been through a very rough season where you have been inflicted with the flu for weeks on end. 

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Your body is weak, the nutrients stored in your body are depleted and you are at a higher risk for infection from new viruses, bacteria & disease. 

What would you do? You would do what you could to build your immune system back up and take preventative measures to protect yourself from viruses, bacteria & disease in the meantime... and so should your tree's and shrubs but they need your help to do this.

Trees and Shrubs Need a Little TLC, Too

Like lawn care and flowerbed upkeep, tree and shrub care is a critical part of maintaining a luscious landscape in your yard. Most people think trees and shrubs require very little care, or no care at all since this type of plant life is so prevalent in nature. A forest doesn’t need extra maintenance so why would a few trees in your front yard be any different? The answer is that there is a big difference between the two environments. In the wild, trees are exposed to decomposing materials that seep into the earth, distributing nutrients into the root system of the trees and shrubbery. Trees dotted around a typical yard in a suburban setting don’t have the benefit of this exposure.
Reintroducing Nutrients to Trees and Shrubs.

The plant life in your yard are all obtaining their nutrients from the same small source. As a result, there are just not enough nutrients in the soil to adequately feed all of the plant life. Without a nutrient-rich environment, trees and shrubs can be weakened to damage by insects, and they are more likely to contract diseases. The damage caused by these issues can have a significant impact on the beauty of your yard and your home’s curb appeal.

Build Back The Immune System With Deep Root Feed

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During deep root fertilization, one of our expert landscape professionals injects a balanced fertilizer with organic material directly into the root zone, where it will stay and encourage root growth until springtime.  The best time to perform deep root feeding on trees and shrubs is

in the fall. A plant’s energy shifts down to the root system where root elongation and food storage takes place. As a result, the material is more efficiently absorbed and has the maximum benefit for the plants.

 

Pest and Disease Control Using Horticultural Oils

Horticultural oils are now one of the best ways to control a wide variety of plant pests.Organic-Horticultural-Spray-How-to-Make-Your-Own.png

How Horticultural Oils Work

These oils (except neem oil) kill insects by suffocating them. Oils also kill insect eggs by penetrating the shells and interfering with metabolic and respiratory processes. In addition, oils disrupt feeding by insects such as flea beetles, whiteflies, and aphids without necessarily killing them.

The fact that oils kill insects by smothering is a key virtue. Many other pesticides kill them by interfering with biochemical processes that are similar to those in other animals, including people. What kills a tiny insect can make us sick, too.

Also, oils have few residual effects, and so their impact on beneficial or benign insects is minimal.

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