Even though you often can’t see them, tree roots play a vital role in a tree’s life. These water collectors provide the tree with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and thrive. Tree roots also bear the weighty responsibility of anchoring the tree to the earth. Without proper care, tree roots have the power to invade flower beds, lift sidewalks, and even threaten building foundations– but of course, root problems can also adversely affect overall tree health.
If you have a tree in your yard with roots that require attention, let Paden Tree People come diagnose and offer treatment options for handling the "root" of the issue. We are well-educated and eager– ready to come to the rescue of any tree that needs a little TLC.
Fast Facts about Tree Root Care Nearby:
During dry months, mature trees require deep watering in order to keep the roots healthy and strong.
Roots need oxygen, so make sure the soil surrounding your tree isn’t too compacted to allow the roots healthy access to both oxygen and water. If your soil is compacted, you may need to consider vertical mulching to alleviate the problem.
Spreading mulch around the base of a tree can help protect the roots from drying, adding extra moisture and nutrients that help keep the tree healthy.
Avoid disturbing the tree’s roots, as cutting them can leave them vulnerable to decay, disease, and various harmful pests.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How often and how much should a tree be watered? Trees need about one inch of water per week. Supplemental watering is most critical during the first few years after a tree is planted when roots are establishing.
- Can trees be overwatered? Yes. Roots need water and oxygen to grow. As water is applied, it displaces oxygen in the soil pore spaces.
- Should I avoid spreading mulch? Not at all, just ensure that the mulch is a shallow layer around the tree. You don’t want to dramatically alter the Basel area (where the tree touches the ground) of the tree.
- How can I fix compacted soil? Vertical mulching can help fix compacted soil.
- Is it okay to cut exposed or unwanted tree roots? Try not to, because cutting any of the roots can lead to many potential health issues for the tree.
- Do roots just provide water and nutrients to the tree? They also anchor it in place, keeping the tree secure.