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Tree Preservation

The best way to ensure a healthy tree is to practice tree preservation which can be made easy for residential and commercial landowners by a  consultation with a professional arborist.

Our team of certified professional arborists with the ability to care for new saplings and mature trees. The main issues that arise with mature trees are due to soil compaction. It is necessary to ensure that the root system of the tree isn’t compacted, as this issue can upset the entire health of the tree. Compact soil doesn’t allow the nutrients and water to properly distribute which stresses out the tree. Just like the human system, when stressed out a tree is more susceptible to issues with disease or pests. Girdling roots and root damage are two very common issues that arise with mature trees.

Girdling Roots

There are various reasons for girdling roots including rope left around the root system during planting, a tree being planted too deep, or excess soil on the roots. These issues don’t just cause girdling roots, they can also cause root rot, root flares, and even tree death. When a tree has developed girdling roots it can cut off water, plant nutrients, and stored food reserves. Girdling roots grow around the main stem, or trunk, of the tree. A root collar excavation can reveal girdling roots by removing the topsoil around the base of the tree.

Certified Arborists can identify indications of girdling roots:

  • No visible trunk flare at soil surface
  • Trunk with recessed or flat areas
  • Off-colored leaves
  • Thin or sparse canopy
  • Early fall color and leaf drop

Root Damage

Once the root system of the tree is already damaged it might be too late to save the organism. But as soon as impact is made always attempt to stabilize the tree in hopes of preventing any further decline. This kind of issue will usually happen during a construction job and can greatly damage the health of any aged tree. Avoiding any excavation within the drip line of the tree is the best way to preserve the root system but we know this isn’t always possible. Essentially, the farther that we can stay away from the tree, the better. If digging near the tree is necessary it is possible to intervene with nutrients that will reduce the water needs, slow the top growth and redirect the energy to the growth in the roots. This bottom-heavy balance between the crown and root of the tree will give the tree a greater chance of survival when dealing with any stress.

Tree preservation starts with the initial planting of the tree, but sometime the tree has been on the land longer than we have. Calling an arborist can help to ensure that trees are healthy from top to bottom.