Often trees are planted incorrectly, frequently too deep or with excessive mulch piled against the trunk. This can lead to girdling roots, poor growth, pest problems, health decline, or even tree death.
Root collar excavation is a professional removal of soil and mulch from against the tree’s trunk. It is a simple and effective process that an arborist uses to help correct these issues and ensure proper root protection.
When necessary, root pruning and the use of specialized supersonic air tools are also used to preserve the health of a tree.
Do tree roots grow in winter? Yes and no! Depending on the ground temperature, tree roots can and do continue to grow.
This is why you should protect your trees from bottom-up during winter, starting with the tree roots.
Here’s how you can proactively protect tree roots during winter to reduce root injury:
>> Read more for the details on winter root protection.
Your tree may have fallen victim to Girdling roots.
Girdling roots, which grow around another root or trunk, create pressure and “choke” or compress water and nutrient conductive tissues.
Here are some common girdling root tree symptoms:
Girdling roots can be found on many tree species, but maples and lindens seem most susceptible. There are many factors to be considered if you should remove girdling roots.
When torrential downpours collect puddles of standing water near the bases of tree trunks, problems may occur above and below ground.
Long periods of continuous rain can fill the soil pores, stopping roots from getting adequate oxygen supply and threatening the overall health of a tree.
There are a few things you can do to give your trees a better chance at recovering from excessive water damage:
As always, if you're not sure what to look for, you can ask a certified arborist to inspect your trees.
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