The Best Way to Fertilize Your Trees!

How to Fertilize your Trees the best way!

fertilized trees are happy trees!


Fertilizting your trees is very important! Just like you and I need to eat, trees are live, breathing organisms as well, and ALSO need to eat. Once a year at least in fact.

In clay soils, trees should generally only be fertilized every year, and in sandy soils, they will usually need fertilizing twice a year!

That’s it. You need to eat once a day, and your trees only need to eat once or twice a year. My hope is to teach you exactly how to fertilize, using a method that is easily available to you.

My assumption is that you don’t have the $8K-$18K for the equipment that the professionals use, so I’m simplifying and giving you the best way to fertilize your trees without using the expensive equipment that the pros use. It’s called Vertical mulching, and it’s one of the best ways to fertilize your trees!


How to do it:
1.        Drill holes in the soil that are 1”-3” wide, and 6”-8” deep. Stagger the holes in a brick-laying pattern all throughout the soil underneath where the tree’s canopy is. We consider this area to be within the “dripline,” or area underneath the treed
2.       Backfill 2” of each hole with an organic, slow release fertilizer.
3.       Backfill the remainder of the hole with organic compost.
4.       Sit back, and enjoy your beautiful trees grow and thrive!


What you’ll need –
1.       high powered battery drill, or low powered, corded drill
2.       a 1”-3” “earth auger” bit that fits your drill ...  you can find one HERE
3.       fertilizer – slow release, organic kind … if possible :D
4.       compost!

That’s it. The reason we dig deep and bypass the grass when fertilizing trees, vs. just doing a granular spread, is because chances are, you have other grasses and plants that will steal almost all of the nutrients that you put down.

It’s important to go down deep when fertilizing tree roots, and this is the best method that I’ve found to do so without spending the big bucks to have it done professionally!

If you’re the type that would rather just get it done right by the pros, feel free to call us at the number below or click HERE and we’ll enter you into our drawing to get a free fertilization!

Thanks much and look forward to helping you with your “Green Pets” (trees!)4

My Best, Always,

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Matt Latham

The Tree Care Ninja
ISA Arborist #TX-3737A

How Spring Weather in Winter Affects Your Trees

Today I was doing some upgrades on a treehouse we built a while back, and I looked out at the post-oaks surrounding the one we built in and noticed something VERY DISTURBING …. The trees had all began to produce new buds because of the warm weather we’ve been having!

Now, if you don’t know what that means, think of a tree’s bud like a baby leaf, branch, or flower. Each bud is produced by the branch or twig that it calls it’s home, and that bud then turns into either a new branch, a new leaf, or a new flower. Every new piece of growth, except for the original seed, at one point or another, began as a bud.

Here’s why it’s interesting to me …. We still have 46 days, 15 hours, 46 minutes and 8 seconds (from the time I typed this at least …)  until spring! It’s too early for trees to be starting to bloom! Which leads to a problem …. What if it freezes and kills all of those new buds!?

Think of that precious bank account. Imagine you went to buy a new car to get to work, and paying cash. The day you drive it off of the lot, your friend texts you. You glance down at the incoming distraction, and WHAM …. Right into the back of a semi you run.

Now, you didn’t get you insurance switched over, because you JUST bought it … AND the car was totaled. You spent all that money, and now you’ve lost it all.

This is kind of what happens when a tree produces new buds during winter. With that few days left this winter, there’s a very good chance that we will get another hard freeze, and that can mean trouble for a newly budding tree.

The new cells in a tree that is just budding are very young and sensitive to the elements, especially since they will be very “water-rich.” Basically that means that the cells of this new bud are filled with water since, well … cells are largely made of water.

When your pipes are filled with water and it freezes, what happens? They rupture right? that’s why you put those weird foam thingies on the water faucets outside … Home Depot and Lowes must make a killing on those things!

 So when a tree cell, that is filled with water freezes, what do you think happens? Same thing!

Of course, the entire bud is made up of those cells, and when they all die, no problem …. The tree will just produce more … so what’s the VERY DISTURBING thing we’ve been talking about?

Well, just like that bank account, all of the resources will be gone!

I think of the tree’s water, nutrients, etc. as a resource. When the tree runs out of these resources, we call it “the death of a tree.” When a tree produces those buds, it uses those valuable resources that it has.

When it uses those resources unnecessarily, the tree gets stressed. When it runs out of resources, the tree dies.

So one of two things is going to happen with this fluctuating weather and the reaction of the trees. Either it’s going to impact your trees horribly negatively, or it’s only going to negatively impact your trees a little. Either way, it’s not ideal!

Here’s what you can do … real simple … replenish the trees resources.

Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are the main ingredients that a tree uses for new growth. Feeding your trees on a regular through fertilization is a great way to keep the tree strong EVEN THOUGH it’s been through some rough stuff this winter.

If you need help with your trees this winter, please feel free to reach out to me Here

My Best, Always,


Matt Latham
The Tree Care Ninja
ISA Arborist #TX-3737A


Fall Tree Care

How to Care for your trees during Fall

We’re getting into fall which means that that fresh crisp air wafts its way back into our lives, Sundays become football-days, and the clothes change to winter-mode. It also means that your tree is about to or is in the process of going “dormant.” You’ll start to notice the leaves turning color and there is a different kind of beauty that the forest clothes itself with. 

But here’s the deal, trees adctually don’t go completely dormant. In fact, their root system is still very active and pests (the active ones at least) can still come in and wreak their havoc! Here’s a list of 7 things that you should be doing to your trees to keep them healthy, thriving, and ready to explode in growth come spring time.

1.       Mulch! – I know that we often have nice yards and well-manicured landscapes, but the reality of the matter is that Nature does winter tree care best. Look in any forest and you will find a dense layer of organic matter (mulch).

A study was done to see what type of fertilization method was most effective at keeping trees healthy and  thriving. Believe it or not, out of all the “magic” tree/landscape pills and potions that you see in the commercials, mulch turned out to be the best … looks like nature wins again!

2.       Keep Watering! – we’re often tempted to stop all of the water, since the tree is “dormant” right? Well, turns out that the root system is still very active, and that they still need water to survive!

Obviously you don’t need to water NEARLY as much as you do during the hot summer months, but you still need to give your trees a drink. I recommend downgrading your watering schedule to about half what you would in the early summer months.

3.       Inspect! – Look up! Because the leaves are gone, you can see more clearly a lot of what may be going on in the canopy. Look for things like mistletoe which is a parasitic plant, branches which may have broken in storms, and fungal conks that may have formed.

Obviously this blog isn’t long enough to go into detail of everything you may see, but if you do find something that doesn’t look quite right, or you just want to be on top of it and make sure nothing bad is going on, then reach t=out to a well-qualified Certified Arborist to help keep your tree healthy at this time.

4.       Rake Up! – this can be a really important one if you DO happen to find anything going on with your trees. Diseases on leaves often “over-winter,” meaning they hang around and repopulate during the spring. If you have some sort of leaf fungus or disease, you definitely want to get rid of them.

Simply bag them up and take them to your local brush recycling center. These places will sterilize the debris and resell it as “disease-free” mulch that you and others can use!

5.       Don’t Rake! – you know how nature does fertilization? By dropping leaves and other debris! Micro-organisms then take the tree-debris and break it down into the basic elements that the trees will use during the growing season!

This does 2 amazing things! First, it fertilizes the trees, keeping them thriving during the spring and summer months. It also feeds the good fungus and bacteria which make home in the soil and help pull nitrogen and oxygen out of the air that the tree needs!

6.       Fertilize! – Fall is a great time to fertilize your trees, depending on what kind and how healthy they are.

Evergreen trees are best treated in the fall, as they continue to use nutrients throughout the winter. Trees that are struggling to thrive or are unhealthy can really get a boost from the added nutrients that fertilizer  provides!

7.       Enjoy! – I don’t know about you, but Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! The crisp air, the fall colors … what a fantastic time to get outdoors and enjoy all of the joy that trees can provide!

Well, that about does it. One thing I love about trees is that they are VERY self-sufficient as long as they are healthy. Your job is just simply to make sure that the few things they do need throughout the year are provided, and they are sure to bring you many years of lasting memories and happiness! Now get outdoors and give your trees some love!

My Best, Always,

Matt Latham
Tree Care Ninja
ISA Arborist #TX-3737A


PS, if you need help with your tree care in mckinney, plano, allen, frisco, prosper, celina, melissa, anna, fairview, feel free to reach out to us at the number above and we'll be sure and help you with your trees!

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