What Soils and Roots Do
A tree depends on soils and roots for many functions.
- Minerals and nutrients
- Oxygen (yes, roots need oxygen, just like us!)
- Anchorage and support for the tree
- Anchorage and support
- Absorption and conductance of water, minerals, and nutrients
- Storage of carbohydrates
In the absence of healthy soils and roots, many problems can develop, such as chlorosis, root rot, and drought symptoms.
Quick Tips to Boost Soils
Mulch is cheap and helps trees in so many ways – retains moisture, suppresses weeds, provides nutrients, the list goes on. Check out our ArborMulch page to learn more!
2. REMOVE TURF
Turf grass competes with trees for water and nutrients. Furthermore, lawnmowers can damage tree roots and trunks. Simply remove turf out to the tree’s canopy line and replace with mulch.
3. APPLY SOIL AMENDMENTS
- Biochar: This is a carbon-rich material naturally produced under low oxygen environments. Its unique structure supports soil microorganisms, retains water, and reduces leaching. A Plus Tree is proud to offer biochar produced in-house from tree-trimming byproducts to all Northern California regions! (Check out our BioChar page to learn more?)
- Organic Matter and Minerals: This is available in many forms, ranging from compost teas to granular fertilizers. A Plus Tree provides soil injection services that deliver “all the good stuff” directly to the tree’s root system so you get the best bang for your buck!