Part of my job at ArborTech includes doing quite a few estimates and assessments for area residents. This involves meeting with people on their property and talking about the trees and shrubs in landscapes. Inevitably, one tree leads to the next shrub, which leads to the next disease question and before you know it we're all in the living room looking at pictures of the grandkids. Well, it's not always that involved, but often we cover many topics concerning the landscape as a whole.
At this point in the season, I’ve visited enough properties and have seen enough of the same problems repeatedly that I decided to have “It was planted too deep.” tattooed on my forehead. The most common malady I see is that many trees and shrubs are planted too deeply. Often the plants come planted too deep from the nursery, but that’s another issue for another blog post. Trees that are planted too deep, without a root flare, will suffer from stem girdling roots that will eventually kill the tree.
Unfortunately, this problem exists when the tree is this big:
Note the lack of root flare on one side.
One half of the canopy of this Sugar Maple is dead due to root restriction that occurred and was likely treatable many years ago. Now, this key part of this home landscape, providing shade and an anchor to the whole landscape is lost and cannot be repaired.
Too often I visit these trees and have to tell the homeowners that there is nothing that can be done to save their tree. As a Certified Arborist, I work to educate people of the importance of proper tree selection, installation and care. So many problems I see could have been prevented if an Arborist had been consulted long ago.
It's clear you care about your landscape and that you've already invested time and money into it. It only makes sense, then, to call ArborTech and have one of our Certified Arborists assess your trees and shrubs. A small investment now will prevent mountains of problems down the road. Why wait? Prevention is always better than cure.