Posted: December 30, 2020

The idea of comprehensive tree care tends to mean different things to different people. Some Winona, MN, residents may consider fertilizing, pruning, and watering to be the absolute pinnacle of tree care. But truly comprehensive tree care doesn’t end with these actions. Maier Tree and Lawn understands that proper tree care has to be done both above and below the surface. This means that while aesthetics and general health is certainly considered, our tree professionals also consider unseen factors such as soil quality and root care.

The roots are, in many ways, the heart of a healthy tree. If they’re compromised, it’s possible that the health of your trees will be compromised in turn. Well-rounded tree care plans involve prioritizing root health when necessary. This may include treating soil compaction, actively mitigating water stress, or managing other factors that may inhibit essential nutrients from proper uptake from the root system. 

Soil compaction is a common impediment of urban tree care. Compacted soil is essentially what it sounds like; it occurs when soil is pressed too tightly together. This can be caused by excessive foot traffic, construction and machinery, and just about any other force-exerting factors over time. As soil is pressed more tightly, it makes it difficult for water to soak into it. This, in turn, prevents tree roots from getting the best access to food and water. Even in less-traveled areas, it’s still possible for your trees to be impacted by poor soil quality or other root care complications such as water stress.

Water stress occurs when a plant or tree is not getting access to enough water. This may be due to the aforementioned soil compaction, but it could also simply be due to a drought or underwatering. Regardless of the cause, water stress can have a serious impact on the growth and longevity of just about every species of tree. Roots that aren’t absorbing adequate water may lead to trees that suffer from leaf loss, wilting, stunted growth, and more. If your tree is growing in an area with tight soil and dry conditions, the detrimental impact can be even more enhanced.

If you suspect that your tree has been impacted by environmental damage to the roots or is not receiving adequate nutrients, our tree care professionals can help. Maier Tree and Lawn offers root care treatment to mitigate tree health concerns from damaging environmental conditions. Winona, MN, residents can call us today at (507) 454-7000 or visit our website here for more information.

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