Planting trees too deeply and excessively piling mulch on the trunks of trees has become a chronic problem in urban and suburban landscapes. As a result, the overall health of trees has been shortened, leading to more issues down the line for the tree itself as well as the property of your home. How can this be avoided?

Root collar excavation is an essential technique for maintaining the health and longevity of trees. It involves the careful removal of soil and debris around the base of the tree to expose the root collar – the area where the tree’s roots meet the trunk.

One of the primary reasons why root collar excavation is important is that it allows for the identification and removal of any girdling roots. Girdling roots are those that grow around the trunk of the tree, which can cause damage and restrict the flow of water and nutrients. By removing these roots, the tree is given more space to grow and can more easily access the resources it needs to thrive.

Another benefit of root collar excavation is that it can help to prevent issues with soil compaction. When the soil around the base of the tree becomes compacted, it can limit the flow of oxygen and water to the roots. This can cause the tree to become stressed and can make it more vulnerable to disease and pests. By removing the compacted soil, the roots are able to grow more freely and access the resources they need.

Overall, root collar excavation is an important technique for maintaining the health and longevity of trees. By removing girdling roots and alleviating soil compaction, it can help to ensure that trees are able to grow and thrive for many years to come. To give your trees this opportunity, let our team at Tree Keepers lend a head. You can get in touch with us via our contact page.