Commercial Property Tree Bed Services
The quality of the soil around a tree’s roots determines the health of the tree. Trees require nutrients to live and thrive. When one or more of these nutrients are deficient in the soil, the tree will not reach its full landscape potential, will be more susceptible to disease and insect problems, and will have a shorter life than a similar, well-fertilized tree bed.
Proper fertilization is one tool arborists use to restore soil fertility, and help to reach the goal of a healthy tree root system. Red Cedar Arborists base recommendations for tree nutrition on soil analysis data. Call for a consultation including a soil analysis to see what is actually needed for your specific plant.
Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a home owner can do for the health of a tree. Mulch can reduce water loss from the soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance. Mulch must be applied properly; if it is too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause significant harm to trees and other landscape plants.
Root Collar (Lower Stem) Care
Root collar excavation, or the removal of soil and mulch from against the trunk, is a simple, effective process that can correct deep planting and over-mulching. Can you see the root flare of your trees? This is the low portion of the trunk where it flares out into the roots. If a tree has symptoms of stress, such as reduced twig and leaf growth, off-color leaves, a thin crown, or die back, deep roots may be the problem if it lacks a well-developed root flare.
What can be done? Short of raising the tree by transplanting, root collar excavation is the only option available to treat an established tree with deep roots. Removing the soil from around the base of the tree provides better aeration to the soil and roots. Typically, soil is removed just wide enough to expose the root flare and create a slope that will keep the soil from falling back into the excavation. Air excavation tools are fast and minimize damage to roots. Red Cedar Arborists report good success revitalizing trees with root collar excavations.