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Are Your Tree's Roots Strong Enough to Weather the Next Storm?

The 80-mile per hour winds and intense rains we had a few weeks ago did a number on our trees. We saw more damage to homes and property than we should have due to stressed and poorly maintained trees. Damage to homes was severe this time around and homeowners lost many large established trees.

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A major reason for the loss of many of the large trees was the lack of a healthy root system. Roots are important, that's a given. But, do you know why? Roots don't only take up nutrients and water for trees, they are also how a tree helps maintain structural integrity. Many folks are under the wrong impression that most trees have large "tap roots" that extend deep into the soil, and that is what helps hold them upright. But in reality, it is a dense network of shallow roots that spread out far from the tree that help it maintain it's balance. When that root system is constricted due to concrete, suffocated due to compaction, damaged due to drought or are physically cut because of construction, the tree is in danger of falling.

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Many factors come into play when it comes to keeping tree roots strong and our property safe. Here are a few major culprits:

- Soil compaction

- Root zone constriction

- Small root zone area

- Drought

- Lack of fertlization

- Planting too deep

- Girdling roots

- Heavy landscaping in root zone

High winds and heavy rain can topple a tree quickly whose roots can’t support it. There are solutions to improving proper root zone development such as air spading and construction mitigation. Properly watering your trees and seasonal feeding will also help root health. Each tree is different, so be sure to have one of our certified arborist inspect the root zone of your valued trees. 



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Posted: June 2, 2014