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The Importance of Tree Root Management

Tree roots are the foundation of a healthy tree. Without strong and healthy roots, a tree cannot absorb the necessary nutrients and water...
When it comes to tree care, many people focus on pruning and watering as the most important aspects of tree maintenance. However, proper tree root management is equally important for the health and longevity of your trees. Tree roots play a critical role in the overall health of the tree, as they provide nutrients, water, and structural support. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of proper tree root management and provide tips on how to manage them.
Tree roots are the foundation of a healthy tree. Without strong and healthy roots, a tree cannot absorb the necessary nutrients and water to thrive. Additionally, tree roots help anchor the tree and prevent it from toppling over during strong winds or heavy rainfall. Proper tree root management is essential for the following reasons:
• Preventing Soil Compaction – Heavy foot traffic, construction work, and machinery can cause soil compaction, which can lead to root damage and nutrient deficiency in trees.
What is Air Spading?Air Spading is a unique technique used to investigate tree roots for various reasons. It involves using an “air spade” tool which omits compressed air pressure to expose the trees roots in a manner that’s less harmful than conventional spading methods.
• Promoting Proper Water Drainage – Poorly draining soil can suffocate tree roots and lead to root rot and disease.
• With the right landscaping practices, you can help mitigate the damage caused by floods:
Firstly, planting trees, shrubs, and other vegetation can help prevent soil erosion and absorb excess water.
Secondly, strategically placing rain gardens and bioswales can collect and filter rainwater, reducing the amount of water that enters your property.
Thirdly, installing permeable pavement or gravel walkways can allow water to penetrate the ground more easily. Lastly, creating a slope or a swale in your yard can direct water away from your home and towards the drainage area.
• Encouraging Healthy Growth – Regular root pruning can stimulate new growth and help prevent root circling, which can stunt tree growth.
Some girdling roots are visible from the surface of the soil while others exist below the soil surface. Air spading is a practice to expose the girdling roots so they can be corrected.

Proper tree root management is essential for the health and longevity of your trees. If you need assistance with tree root management or other tree care services, contact us today. Let’s work together to keep our trees healthy and strong for generations to come.

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