Roots provide anchoring and nutrients for trees. Pruning roots, of course, damages trees and can cause failing health. Before pruning roots, you should understand the consequences. You should consider alternatives to pruning roots. When pruning roots, you should do so with care.
Before pruning roots, our tree care professionals will carefully consider each of your trees specific situation, make appropriate recommendations and let you know what to expect. When pruning roots, our arborists do so with years of experience and training so the health of your trees is maintained.
Root pruning serves a number of purposes.
You may need to prune the roots of trees to maintain or enhance your landscape. Overgrown roots can damage drive ways, walk ways and other structures. You may want to put in structures or other plants where roots are in the way.
You may use root pruning to maintain reduced sized trees, which may be desirable for certain landscapes.
In some cases, you may use root pruning to promote flowering of vines or fruit trees.
When moving a tree, you must sever the long, large roots that anchor the tree to the ground. These roots are not the roots that bring nutrients to the tree. The smaller, feeder roots, that bring nutrients to the tree, usually grow some way from the tree, off the main roots.
When you move the tree, you usually only move the area near the root ball, which does not include most of the feeder roots. To cause new feeder roots to grow, you cut the roots all the way around the tree. You need to prune the tree roots early enough to give the tree time to recover from the root pruning to grow a new supply of feeder roots that will support the tree when moved. The time required depends up the size and species.
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Note: ISA is the International Society of Consulting Arboriculture. ASCA is the American Society of Consulting Arborist.