Trees and shrubs in the urban landscape need fertilizer to thrive.
But they do not need traditional chemical fertilizers loaded with nitrogen and phosphorus. The clay here in North Carolina is already full of these nutrients and others. Trees simply cannot access them.
Why can't tree roots absorb these nutrients in the soil? Because microbial life is missing. These little critters – fungi, bacteria, nematodes, earthworms, and more – unlock nutrients from sand, silt, and clay. Once unlocked, trees and shrubs can readily access these nutrients and thrive.
Why are these critters missing? When bulldozers scrape away topsoil to build new houses and shopping centers, they strip away the living community that we traditionally call soil. That is where this microbial life resides. Construction and development leave behind compacted dirt, which is devoid of life.
Enter our incredible fertilizer product: compost tea!
Teeming with fungi, bacteria, and other living microbes, this liquid compost will help bring life back to your soil. In the process, those tiny critters will unlock countless nutrients for your trees and shrubs, which provides these plants with readily-soluble forms of nitrogen, phosphorus, boron, magnesium, and so much more.
Our compost tea is composed of multiple types of organic matter like biochar, leaf mulch, and worm castings.
These are made in-house by our staff using byproducts from our tree care operations or waste from other sectors, such as leaves and food scraps. We are reusing existing waste streams and preventing them from going to the landfill. Using rotting stuff we readily have access to instead of packaged fertilizer eliminates the carbon footprint of traditional fertilizer production – factories, energy, packaging, transportation, and waste.
We have multiple types of compost, each with its own unique benefits. For example, our leaf compost – which takes over a year to produce – is fungally-dominant, similar to what you would find in forest soil. In contrast, our vermicompost is bursting with all sorts of beneficial bacteria, including those that help reduce fungal infections and control certain kinds of pests.
Once our composts have steeped for long enough, we collect samples and use a microscope to ensure that we see the right mix of microbes. There is no guessing about the quality of our outputs – everything is sampled, measured, and verified.
When we are ready to perform our deep root fertilization, we combine our various composts into a living, liquid slurry. We mix these batches on the same day our Treecologists will use them since the slurry can only stay alive for approximately ten hours. Next, we inject the compost tea around the base of your trees and shrubs and let the microbes work their magic!
As an added benefit, after compost tea is applied to the soil, there is no chemical runoff or downstream pollution.
How could there be? We are simply injecting naturally occurring microbial life into the root zone of your plants. Using our product eliminates all the downstream pollution associated with traditional chemical fertilizers.
Our deep root fertilizer is a win for your plants and our planet. Contact us today to schedule an application for your trees and shrubs!