Sep 28, 2017

Your Tree Has No Root Showing!

Many home and commercial property owners know that cultivating trees can significantly increase value while providing a beautiful and inviting space for others to enjoy. During the planting process, many well intended people will plant the tree too deep. Some assume that the roots need to have as much access to soil nutrients as possible, and others simply like the aesthetic and safety aspects of having the root flare of their new tree completely covered. Unfortunately, these kinds of practices can cause a lot of trouble, and severely compromise the overall health and wellbeing of the tree. An unhealthy tree can not only be unsightly, they can also be a safety hazard if limbs begin to weaken or if the trunk itself collapses.  At 404-CUT-TREE, our arborists provide quality tree care services for residents and businesses in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and other nearby Metro Atlanta area neighborhoods. Our team wants Atlanta area property owners to have healthy and plentiful trees. Are you interested in learning about how root flare depth affects your tree’s health?  Read below and discover how you can better prepare your newly planted trees for optimal growth.

Many Trees Are Planted Too Deep

Root flares are often planted too deep before they ever reach the property owner. Improper care of saplings in plant nurseries and garden centers can frequently lead to unhealthy trees from the tree’s first days.  When property owners or contractors receive the tree in its container, they will in turn bury the tree too deep beneath the ground as well, after assuming it’s been properly handled by their supplier. To make matters worse, the new owners may compound the problem by pouring heaps of mulch in a mound around the entire tree base to stabilize the trunk, attempting to protect the young plant from wind damage.

Consequences of Deeply Planted Roots

The result of deep planting can be completely devastating to the tree’s future. Negative effects include a reduction in carbon dioxide availability, decrease in water supply, less nutrient pools, girdling, fungal growth, insect infestations and more. In addition to root related issues, other areas of the tree will also begin to decline. Wet bark at the base of the trunk will be more susceptible to fungal infections and attract pests. The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide can be restricted and the proliferation of microbes in the mounded soil can begin to deteriorate the trunk. It’s important for tree roots to respire or breath. Gas is mostly exchanged in the top few inches of soil, where the highest amount of oxygen is available. When roots are denied access to the essentials of life, they fail to thrive and the tree will eventually die.

Proper Tree Root Care During Planting

Thankfully, there are a few simple practices that can be implemented to ensure that your trees are properly planted. Make sure to look for “root flare”, where the top roots first extend from the base of the trunk. This area needs to be placed within a shallow layer of soil so it can be exposed to the right amount of air, soil and water. Other best practices include choosing a tree variety that is resistant to pests and plant disease, and properly monitoring the amount of mulch and moisture that the tree is receiving before it’s fully established. If you’re unsure which species is right for your needs, or you would like professional advice about proper planting techniques, you may want to enlist the services of an experienced arborist.  Tree Service Alpharetta

Concerned Your Tree’s Health is Being Effected by Poor Root Flare Treatment? Call 404-CUT-TREE

Do you have questions about tree planting or own a mature tree that is exhibiting symptoms of mistreated roots? The arborists at 404-CUT-TREE can conduct a thorough tree risk assessment to determine the exact cause of your tree’s deteriorating health. We will work with you one on one to find a solution that is effective and affordable. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.