How can you best care for your Tree’s roots?
Quite often customers ask us questions regarding the care and treatment of their tree’s roots. Sometimes the question falls into the category of root heave, which is the uplift of solid materials around the tree, like sidewalk, patio, driveway, etc.
Sometimes a customer is unaware of the expanse of the trees’ roots. In general a trees’ roots system can be two to four times the size of the canopy. Something quite commonly unaccounted for when planting a tree scape. Recognizing that a tree needs as much space underground to grow as it does above is an important factor of which to be aware.
When roots are hampered in their growth and expansion by the solid materials, (like sidewalks, pools, patios, etc), you may need to look at specified root care, whether a barrier or pruning care. These methods are available in the Arborist’s ANSI A300 root management standards, used by arbor care professionals. Redirecting roots with arborist instruction or implementation, can be one manner of getting the tree under control without damaging it.
Sometimes it requires a look at possible compaction at the base of your tree. Compaction, plastic membrane and more can cause the roots to search farther than you would expect. If you mulch too heavily, and/or use plastic to prevent weed growth, that can cause issues for the root system. Plastic creates an anaerobic, or low oxygen, environment. If the roots are covered with plastic, the roots won’t receive the necessary oxygen, water or nutrients needed to stay healthy. If you want to mulch, remember to do so with composted wood mulch, and lightly, and canopy drip-line distance for the tree. Excessive mulch can cause temperatures in the soil to increase and aeration to decrease.
The tree root system can be a major cause of overall health issues that can be seen in our trees. If you are concerned about your tree’s roots and want to learn more about how to implement the best tree root care on your property, please Contact Us and we can help.