The ground does not move… or does it? Well, the soil does. And, a lot more than you’d think. Things like construction, digging, mudslides, storms, and other extreme weather conditions, etc. move the soil around a lot. But, moving soil is bad news for trees. This is because the trees need the ground to stay in its place – don’t they. Trees grow in the ground itself after all.
Misconceptions about roots
So, before we talk about how root systems get buried because of the moving soil or how to save such buried root systems – we need to understand the relationship between the roots of a tree and the soil it grows in better. To do this, let us first clear up a misconception about roots – the roots of a tree don’t just grow all the way deep into the ground forming an interconnected web that spreads in every direction. The roots, instead, grow really flat out and only in pretty much the top layer of the soil. Think about, if you have seen an uprooted tree – what did its roots look like?
Compact soil and dry climates make roots grow even closer to the surface of the soil. And, shallow roots are more vulnerable to damage from above the ground. For example, simply parking your car over any such soil could completely destroy those tender shallow roots underneath it. In some cases, just walking over that soil would be enough.
And, this problem is coupled with the fact that roots find it hard to grow in compacted soil anyway.
When a tree’s root system gets buried under, say, debris or mud – the tree needs to be rescued. Here are some things that you can do to save the tree:
- Call a tree service Montgomery company – they are professionals who are both well trained and well equipped for exactly these kinds of jobs.
- Try to prevent any compacted soil – identify sensitive areas and potentially limit any heavy activity in and around there (both human and vehicular).
- Try to restore the compacted soil back to normal afterward – compressed air can help revitalize compacted soil with new life.
- Make sure to keep any pest infestations away from your trees, as pests are more likely to attack trees already under stress.
- Monitor the tree regularly for signs of disease, infection or any other problems because the earlier a problem is detected – the better it is.