A healthy root structure is essential for thriving plant life. Some plants need a little extra support during root development, especially if they are newly planted. Deep root feeding can jumpstart root development, but it is not necessary for all plants. Let’s take a closer look at how deep root feeding works.
How Deep Root Feeding Works
Deep root feeding involves delivering nutrients directly to the roots of a plant. General fertilization applications enrich the soil, which helps the roots grow and multiply. However, a newly-developed root system or a plant recovering from disease may need more support than standard fertilization provides. With deep root feeding, we ensure the roots have direct access to fortifying nutrients.
Deep Root Feeding Increases the Fibrous Root System by 500%
As we mentioned above, a rich root structure is crucial for healthy plants. The roots collect water and nutrients from the soil to fuel the plant’s growth. Deep root feeding can increase the fibrous root system by 500% for most plant species. That significantly improves a plant’s chance at surviving in the early stages.
We stand by deep root feeding so much that we offer extended warranties for new plant material. All plants we install come with a 30-day warranty, but we extend that to 1 year with deep root feeding. Furthermore, we’ll monitor plant health to address potential problems early on. Our goal is to create a prosperous landscape that stands the test of time.
Do All Plants Need Deep Root Feeding?
No, not all plants need deep root feeding. If a plant already has a healthy root structure, it is sufficiently absorbing nutrients from the soil. At Berns Landscaping, we utilize strategic fertilization tactics with an organic approach. Some landscaping companies blindly spray chemicals on a yard, but that does more harm than good. We evaluate all factors involved to prescribe a personalized maintenance plan for your property.
Other Ways to Encourage Root Development
Deep root feeding isn’t the only way to help roots grow. Follow these steps to bolster your root structure:
- Cultivate the soil at least once per year. This loosens the soil around your plants and allows water and nutrients to better penetrate the roots. We do this as part of our mulch replacement process, where we remove all existing mulch and replace it with a thick, new mulch bed.
- Use the right amount of water for your plants. Underwatering and overwatering can both be detrimental. Understand what your landscaping needs, and adjust your watering to accommodate that.
- Choose the right plants for your property. Some plants need a certain soil content or light source to thrive. Putting the right plant in the right place is our specialty here at Berns Landscaping. Thoughtful landscaping design is the best way to extend the life of your plant material.
- Watch for plant health decline. The earlier you address a problem, the more likely a plant is to recover from it. We include plant health monitoring with our year-long landscape maintenance plans.
- Be careful when digging near your plants. Some plants have roots deep into the ground, but others spread horizontally near the surface. Digging in the wrong place could damage the root structure.
- Make the most of the existing plants on your property. Instead of completely replacing your landscaping, consider renovating the plants you currently have. Our professional landscapers in Michigan can cut back overgrown plants and create a custom landscape design that works with what you’ve got. This makes the most of the established root system and could save you money in the long run.