Preventing and Correcting Encircling Roots
There are many things that can go wrong with new trees. One
of the things that can go wrong is encircling roots and because this is not a
problem that occurs often most homeowners are unaware of it or how to deal with
it when it occurs.
Roots that encircle the trunk will usually cause health
and/or safety problems later on. Root is likely to become a problem when the
trunk and root meet, when the root is already touching the trunk, or when you
cover the root collar with mulch or soil.
How to Prevent Encircling Roots
Plant your tree at the correct depth. Follow the guidelines
provided by the nursery where you purchased your trees from. You need to
annually clean the root collar to prevent encircling roots. You do this by
removing the soil and mulch.
How to Monitor for Encircling Roots and Correct
Every 4 to 5 years, you need to check for roots that are
encircling the trunk. Use a hand trowel to loosen the soil and remove it from
around the base of the tree, until you find the first set of roots. It will speed up the process if you remove
the soil using a wet-dry vacuum and it will not harm the roots.
If a tree has an encircling root, leave the top of the root
exposed, and call a professional arborist regarding treatment. When it is
caught early it can be inexpensive and effective in saving your tree(s).
Tree Care Professionals
Whether you are dealing with encircling roots or other
issues with your new trees or your mature trees, tree care professionals have
the skills to help you ensure your trees are healthy and remain healthy. If you
have questions relating to the care of your trees call an arborist in your area
or local tree care professionals.