The Places Roots Grow
Roots absorb life-sustaining elements, store fuel and keep our trees standing. Though they grow immediately below our feet, roots can seem remote and inaccessible. Except for the root we keep running into with the mower, we rarely see them. Many of a tree’s problems above ground can be found below ground in the area we call the root zone. It is in this hidden world, when the soil is healthy, that roots and soil animals live out their lives in a symbiotic relationship. But when the soil becomes compacted, pathogens get the upper hand, soil animals pack their bags and roots look for other places to grow. Since roots are so vital to the wellbeing of our trees, home and family, shouldn’t we pay more attention to their wellbeing? If you are having health and stability issues with your tree, consider having a consulting arborist probe into this shrouded world for the source of your real problem (live oaks, Jekyll Island, GA; photos copyright Randy Cyr).
Root Zone Therapy
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