Protecting Tree Roots

The health of landscaping trees depends heavily on its ability to absorb life-sustaining nutrients, including sunlight and water. And since these nutrients are absorbed through a landscaping tree’s root system, this is one area of the tree’s physiology which shouldn’t be neglected. Unfortunately, however, the importance of a tree’s root system is quite often overlooked. If you want to ensure a tree’s survival and ability to flourish, the root system should always be considered. Let’s examine several ideas for maintaining the health of a tree through the protection and well-being of the roots.

In your effort to achieve and present a well-manicured lawn, always proceed with caution around landscaping trees. Because roots may extend for two to three times the size of the crown of the tree, there exists much room for error. You can lessen the chances for error, though, through awareness of any surface roots, their approximate length, and the area of the lawn into which they may extend. With this knowledge, you can be certain of the proximities in which to proceed with caution while using lawn equipment, such as lawn mowers, aerators, and trimmers. Careful use of such equipment may prevent root damage and, ultimately, may prevent damage to the tree.

Similarly, if new construction is scheduled for your property, protection of tree roots is quite important. This is because construction projects may cause soil compaction. Soil compaction prevents water and air from reaching tree roots. Without these necessary nutrients, the tree will eventually falter. The weight of construction equipment and the supplies used by construction companies, as well as the foot traffic, is quite cumbersome and can lead to the demise of your landscaping trees. Before construction begins on your property, invest in temporary fencing to surround the root system of your trees. Supplies, such as rope and stakes, can be purchased from a local home improvement store. An Austin tree trimming specialist can address any concerns you may have about avoiding soil compaction before construction begins on your property.

Another example of a means by which to protect a tree’s root system is through watering, particularly during the latter part of fall. As winter creeps in, the chances for freezing do as well. By taking the time to water trees during the fall, the roots will be able to soak in and reserve much needed nourishment before the harsh winter months bring frigid temperatures and winds, which tend to strip plants of their moisture. Since frozen ground can also cause damage to roots, watering during the early day is best, as this will help to prevent the damp ground from freezing over should temperatures cause an early freeze. It is best to water around the dripline, which is the area located directly under the outer circumference of the tree branches.

These are just a few examples of actions you can take to protect your tree roots and, consequently, your trees. Consult an Austin tree removal specialist for additional ideas to protect your tree roots.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit

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