What Is A Tree Injection Kit?

When it comes to taking care of your trees, you have a couple of options. You could use sprays to fertilize and protect them. Or you can have a professional perform direct injections into your tree. They will use a tree injection kit.

Tree injections offer some benefits that spraying methods just can’t compete with. You can compare it to a shot when you visit the doctor. If you’re experiencing pain, there may be a topical ointment (like a sports cream) that you can apply to the area that hurts. But getting an injection of pain medicine will likely be more effective. Injecting fertilizer works in much the same way.

Why Use A Tree Injection Kit?

A tree injection kit contains all of the tools needed to administer a tree injection. Injections will get the nutrients your tree needs directly into its system, feeding the tree from the inside out. But you have to know what you’re doing.

How Are Injections Made?

Injections can be made in one of two ways. The first way is through microinfusion or small holes in the bark. The biggest advantage to doing it this way is that you don’t damage the tree. You’ll use a mixture of nutrients and water that will make its way through the tree’s vascular system, providing benefits from top to bottom. 

The other method is a macroinfusion. This involves drilling larger holes in the bark and using large quantities of a diluted chemical mixture at once. With the larger holes, there’s an increased risk of damaging the tree, and for this reason, we do not recommend macroinfusion.Advantages of Tree Injections

In addition to the nutrients they provide, some additional reasons for considering trunk injections include:

  1. Products are administered more accurately.
  2. Spray drift is minimized. Some studies show that only about 30-60% of the chemicals actually stay on the tree when using the spraying method.
  3. Worker exposure is reduced.
  4. Non-target species are less impacted.

All the chemicals are inside the tree. You don’t have to worry about them blowing around and affecting other people, plants, or animals. A Michigan State study also found injections providing significant benefits to some fruit trees. 

Treat Nutrient Deficiencies

Contrary to belief, it’s not food that is being injected into the tree. It’s nutrients or fertilizer. A fertilizer’s minerals (or nutrients) supply the tree with what it needs to carry out photosynthesis and grow strong. 

Decrease Risk For Diseases

When your tree is strong and healthy it can withstand disease better. It’s more resilient. 

Mature trees, young trees, and shrubs can all benefit from deep-root fertilization.

Protect Trees From Pests

Another advantage your trees will have after an injection is protection from many insects and other pests. They’ve also been proven to protect ash trees against Emerald Ash Borer.

Tree Injections Have Come A Long Way

Tree injection systems are better than ever. Trees heal faster and live longer. But you have to make sure you get it right. 

It’s still a delicate process. So, knowing how to use a tree injection kit is imperative. Proper placement of the needles will get you the best results. It will also ensure that your tree is safe. 

Safari Tree’s experts are trained to maximize tree health with trunk injections. Our nutrients work fast, restoring your trees and shrub to their optimal health. And because we’re not spraying chemicals in the air, it’s better for the environment.  

If you’re interested in learning more about the services, contact us today.