How to Minimize Tree Soil Compaction

tree soil compactionEven if a tree appears healthy, all may not be well with the roots and surrounding soil. Tree soil compaction is actually commonplace in the summer and can adversely affect tree growth. How do you prevent the soil from becoming compressed? Is soil aeration necessary?

How Tree Soil Compaction Occurs

Various factors are in play, though heavy traffic is a primary cause of soil compaction. With summer here, the kids are playing in the yard and stepping on  the soil around the tree. Too much weight crushes the soil.

How Soil Compaction Affects Trees

Our tree removal crew often reports abnormal compaction around a dead tree. While this alone doesn’t instantly lead to tree death, it does cause complications for a tree already in ill health. High winds can also uproot trees in this poor condition. When our emergency tree service removes uprooted trees, they often notice decayed roots.

Water can’t easily penetrate compacted soil and reach the roots. Trees that don’t receive sufficient water are also at greater risk of nutritional deficiency. In addition, the high soil density also leads to pockets of heat that can harm the base of the trunk.

How to Prevent It

First, perform this easy test to determine if the soil is compact. Take a screwdriver and plunge it into the soil. If pushing the screwdriver all the way down requires a bit of muscle strength, then the soil is too compact.

You will need to aerate the soil around the tree. This requires a high-velocity air tool. You also need to loosen the soil right at the critical root zone.

Protect Your Tree This Summer

Aerating the soil is more complex than it seems. Leave this part of tree care to Pro-Cut Tree Service. Tree soil compaction is especially common in summer; contact professional help if you suspect high soil density.

Tree Aeration for Root and Soil Health

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