It is hard to talk about the health of the roots of trees and shrubs without including soil health. It is simple, fix the soil and you fix the roots, almost. There are a number of problems roots have that are not soil related.
- There are girdling roots, which are roots that have wrapped around the base of the tree and basically are strangling the tree.
- There are also roots that have been damaged from construction damage, either the installation of underground wires to the cutting of vital roots to accommodate erecting a building.
- Furthermore, many tree failures are root related due to disease, damage, moisture extremes and adding or removing of soil.
Soil health is the cornerstone of any good tree and shrub preservation program. Soil, like the trees and shrubs that live in it, is just as much alive as the plants themselves. In a forest setting, leaf litter and decaying matter replace the nutrients taken up by live trees in a continuous cycle. This cycle is broken when land is developed for new homes. To make matters worse, much of the existing soil is removed along with the beneficial microorganisms that have developed a symbiotic relationship with its plant. These critical relationships along with soil compaction spell disaster for the long term health, beauty, and longevity of any tree or shrub that is in the landscape.
Here at Roots to Shoots, we understand the importance of soil management and incorporate it in all of our tree and shrub preservation programs.
The Roots to Shoots Soil Management Program includes:
- A oil analysis that includes determining soil pH, soil profiling, soil moisture, soil compaction, salt content, soil drainage.
- Deep root fertilizer with our slow release, low salt complete fertilizer to replenish nutrients that cannot be done alone.
- Inoculation with Mycorrhizal, which is a naturally occurring fungus with beneficial microorganisms.
- Vertical mulching, which is similar to lawn aeration. By drilling holes up to 18 inches deep every 2 feet, then refilling the holes with a porous material such as peat moss. This is very helpful in relieving soil compactions around the tree in need.
- Inoculation of soil with root hormone, scientifically developed to help roots recover.
- Treat for diseases in the soil that affects the roots.
- Other treatments that may be required based on soil analysis.