Exposing Myths About Tree Injections

Posted on: 19 May 2015

Many homeowners make the mistake of taking their trees for granted when it comes to maintaining their health. While it is true that your trees will usually need very little care, there can be times when the trees contract a disease or suffer an injury. When this is the case, you may need to have the tree treated by a professional to correct the problem, and a favorite tool of these professionals is the tree injection. These are nutrient supplements and medications that are directly injected into the tree as opposed to being added to the soil around the roots. Unfortunately, many homeowners have a limited understanding of these injections, and this can cause them think that some prevalent myths are true.  

Myth: Tree Injections Always Require Drilling On The Tree

Many people assume that the tree will need to be drilled in order for the professional to administer the injection. Not surprisingly, many people do not want their trees to have to undergo this type of damage. Luckily, many tree care professionals have the ability to avoid the need to drill. 

This is possible by using a specially designed syringe that is designed to penetrate the tree's bark. Once the injection has been made, the hole in the bark will be sealed to prevent further health problems from arising.

Myth: Tree Injections Always Occur In The Trunk Or Branches

There is a common misunderstanding that these injections are always administered directly into the tree's trunk or branches. While these are certainly among the most commonly targeted areas for these treatments, it should be noted that there are times when the tree's roots will be the recipient of these injections. 

Interestingly, your tree's roots are a part of the plant that can benefit from these injections when illness is not present. By injecting these roots with nutrients, it is possible to help plants that have been living in nutrient-poor soil for an extended period of time, and while these injections will only temporarily correct the worst of the malnourished trees, they can buy you time to improve the soil quality around the tree.

When your tree's roots need to be treated, the tree care professional will have to carefully excavate the soil around the tree until the problematic root is exposed. Once this is done, the treatment will be almost identical to what is done for the trunk or branches. 

Many people may assume that a tree care professional will only be able to treat sick or damaged trees by trimming away the diseased portions. However, this is not the case because tree injections have emerged as a viable way of addressing a whole host of possible ailments. By understanding that these injections do not always require drilling and that the tree's roots can benefit from this treatment, you will be far better positioned to make informed choices for your needs.