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Examining Tree Roots After Another Wisconsin Winter

Posted: May 23, 2019

Written by: Wachtel Tree Science

Categories: Blog | Root Collar Excavation

Winter in Wisconsin is officially over. The ground has thawed, trees and shrubs are coming to life and properties are starting to look lively again. To make sure your trees continue to grow and mature the way they’re supposed to, inspecting their overall structure is a crucial recommendation.

Inspecting for Girdling Roots

A process designed to examine the condition of a tree’s roots, known as Root Collar Excavation, helps arborists determine the condition of the base of a tree. By removing the dirt from around the trunk, arborists have a clear view of root structure, enabling them to investigate for decay or identify an issue with girdling roots.

Girdling Roots are roots that have been misdirected, causing them to grow around or across the tree trunk. The leading cause of girdling roots is planting or transplanting improperly. Whether it occurs in a nursery pot or a hole in the yard that’s just too shallow, the tree’s roots begin to circle one another. Over time, the roots begin to act like a kinked hose as nutrients and water are restricted from being distributed throughout the tree. Without the proper nutrients, fatality can occur.

Signs Your Trees May Have Root Problems

If you know what to look for, girdling roots are simple to identify. Start by evaluating the trunk. The trunk of a tree should be flaring out where it meets the ground. If you notice that your trees appear to be straight or narrower as it meets the ground, this is a big indicator of a root problem. Though roots typically circle below the soil, identifying roots that are circling above ground is also an indicator. If you’ve observed any of these signs, a certified arborist should be contacted for consultation and treatment.

When to Inspect for Girdling Roots

While winter can be a difficult time due to the soil being frozen, inspecting your trees for girdling roots can be done any other time during the season. Monitoring your trees for girdling should happen every year as signs of girdling roots develop based on the type of tree, when they were planted and how they were planted.

If during an annual inspection you notice the signs, Wachtel Tree Science can send a certified arborist over to perform a root collar excavation. If you’re not sure if your tree has root problems, we’re happy to come out and inspect your property. Additionally, we will conduct a root crown exam, which will help us identify whether your tree has been planted too deep, restricting proper oxygen.

Schedule a Root Crown Exam or Root Collar Excavation

Utilizing a tool called an air spade, which is powered by an industrial air compressor, Wachtel Tree Science can perform root collar services with precision while avoiding damage to bark tissue. Our certified arborists are trained to the highest level to ensure your trees are carefully inspected. Learn more or schedule a root exam today!

2019-07-25T13:17:14+00:00 May 23rd, 2019|