Great care is taken when deciding which trees to plant where in a landscaping plan. But just as much care needs to be taken after planting to maintain a healthy root system – which can enhance the tree’s natural ability to absorb oxygen, water and nutrients. There are different kinds of tree roots. Absorptive roots are responsible for water and nutrient uptake from the soil. Transport roots act as the “pipes” that connect the absorptive roots to the main or pioneer roots. Absorptive roots are usually located within the top 6 to 15 inches of soil. That’s where we concentrate the water and nutrients we apply.
During dry months, mature trees need to be watered deeply. But it’s important to let the soil dry for several days between watering so that the oxygen can make its way to the roots. Spreading mulch underneath the tree can protect the roots and provide extra water and nutrients. Large roots anchor the trees to the ground and protect it in stormy weather. Though some tree roots are visible, we do not recommend cutting them. This can cause stress to the tree and leave it vulnerable to disease or insects.
Have questions about how to maintain your trees? Call us. We’ll put our team of experts to work for you.