How to Care for Your Tree’s Roots

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How to Care for Your Tree’s Roots

How to Care for Your Tree’s Roots

Trees are made up of many parts, such as leaves, trunk, and roots. All of the parts of the tree work together to keep the tree alive, just like the parts of the human body do. Trees need several fundamental elements in order to survive: food, which it makes itself, using sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water. If a tree is in a good environment for growing, including good soil for its roots, it will grow strong and beautiful.

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Roots of a tree are what hold it in place. Tree roots also absorb vital nutrients and water from the soil that the tree needs to survive. Most tree roots are shallow, staying just six to 12 inches below the ground, but they extend far beyond the tree’s canopy. If trees did not have roots, they would blow over easily.


Invest in Mulch

Mulch, an organic material used around the tree, protects a tree’s roots and provides extra moisture and nutrients for your tree. Laying mulch in the spring will encourage growth and in the winter will add much needed protection from the cold.

Water Your Tree

No matter how old your tree is, it’s important to water it regularly, especially if you are in a drought. Water will keep your tree healthy and propel its growth.

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Let Roots Breathe

Roots need oxygen in order to survive. In order to allow oxygen to reach your tree’s roots, you need to let the soil dry out underneath your tree, so J & S Tree Service in Chicago advises not to water every day. Also, avoid compacting soil and mulch around your tree’s base too tightly. You may end up inadvertently suffocating the roots close to the surface of the ground.

Avoid Cutting a Tree’s Roots

When you cut a tree’s roots, especially if it’s a big or main root, you leave it vulnerable to attack by insects, bacteria, and viruses. You may also stress the tree to the point it doesn’t grow for a few years until it heals its root. Cutting its roots can lead to death.


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