Even though you often can’t see them, tree roots play a vital role in a tree’s life. These water collectors also 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.
Fast Facts about Tree Root Care:
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.