Often tree problems that are visible in the leafy crowns of trees are caused by problems below ground in the tree’s root zone. Curing these problems may be as simple as surgically removing a root that is strangling other roots, or may require complex therapy such as aerating the soil, loosening the soil, or adding special fungi to the roots to increase their absorption of water and nutrients.
To safely and efficiently break up the soil and access a tree’s root system, Wickes/arborists™ will perform a root collar excavation using a special device called an Air Spade. This device uses compressed air to break up and remove the compacted soil surrounding and covering the tree’s root system. Once the roots are exposed our Certified Arborists can determine the problem effecting the overall health of the tree.
- Soil Compaction – Compacted soil can be the result of something as simple as everyday foot or vehicle traffic constantly running over tree roots or having the tree planted too deep into the ground. Once the soil around a tree becomes compacted, the tree may become deprived of proper nutrients and water, causing it to become stressed, which may eventually lead to the death of the tree.
- Girdling roots – These are roots that grow around the trunk of the tree that, left alone, will eventually strangle the tree, cutting off the necessary flow of water and nutrients.
- Mulch – When applied properly, adding mulch to the base of a tree will improve the health of the soil, maintain moisture, insulate the soil from temperature variations, prevent certain diseases and help reduce the likelihood of tree damage. Click here to read more about mulching.
By performing an Air Spade root collar excavation, Wickes/arborists™ will remove the excess soil allowing the girdling roots to be cut, the compacted soil to become aerated and the tree to receive its much needed water and nutrients, thus saving the tree.
Please call Wickes/arborists™ at (845) 354-3400 or click here to schedule a consultation today.