First Aid for Your Trees, Servicing the Greater Tampa Bay Area

Reducing Overhead in Your Landscape – Part 1

Properly caring for the trees on your commercial property in the early stages of life or development, can help save money on your landscape in the long run.

During their first years, trees are not much different than that of a child or pet, they require special care to ensure their long term success and health. Having a “Tree Care Maintenance Plan” from the initial planting of the tree through it’s adolescent stages can be less costly; and as an added benefit, will result in a more beautiful and inviting landscape. In addition, to ensuring maximum health and aesthetics, having a solid “Tree Care Maintenance Plan” can also greatly reduce costly risks and hazards in the future.

Now, you might be asking yourself, “Well what potential risks or hazards could be associated with the trees on my property?” Well just to name a few:

  • Tree loss and replacement costs
  • Tree pests and/or tree disease correction/treatment costs
  • Broken limbs or branches that may result in injury and/or structural damage
  • Poor tree root health, the #1 leading cause of tree disorders

So, how can you prevent these potential future issues? The first step you need to take is ensuring that any new trees you intend on planting are properly planted. If you are not a tree planting expert that is okay, call someone that is. Certified Arborists can easily inspect your new trees for potential risks and make sure they are properly planted to ensure long-term growth. Here in the near future I will post another blog providing you with some helpful information on planting new trees, the right way, for all of you do it yourselfers.

It is true, proper planting is pertinent to tree root health and as discussed earlier, poor tree root health is the leading contributing factor in declining trees and tree disorders. However, what do you do if the trees are already planted? Start by having your trees inspected by a professional and assessed for over-all tree health, as well as evaluated for potential risk factors.

Due to the lack of tree root visibility, on a previously planted tree, it is difficult to detect or diagnose tree root disorders; although an Arborist may be able to detect a few. However, if a tree is already showing signs of decline or there is need for the roots to be thoroughly inspected, the tree root zone will have to be excavated.

Now here at Tree Medics we use this really amazing tool called the Air-Spade, and how it works is it uses high pressured air to blow, or shift, the soil away from the tree roots. This tool is just beyond words outstanding because, it fully exposes all of the tree roots without damaging even the finest of roots, enabling myself and those that work with me, to easily diagnose and treat the tree, right at the ROOT of the problem (You see what I did there?).

Don’t take my word on it though, check out this short clip and see the Air-Spade tool in action.

Learn more about the Air-Spade HERE!

Some common issues that are often found after a declining tree’s root zone has been excavated include:

  • Girdling roots that choke-out the tree’s main trunk and other tree roots.
  • Broken and/or severed tree roots that where damage during installation or construction; for example the placement of utility lines near the tree root zone.
  • A variety of tree root fungus, as well as, tree diseases.

All of these issues can, and most likely will, result in the decline of the tree’s health and structural stability.



The picture to the left demonstrates a young tree that has not yet been planted; however, this tree has developed girdling root inside of its container. This is not an uncommon, however if this tree is planted “as is” the resulting out come will be as shown below….





Girdling, or encircling, root on a larger more mature tree can not only be more difficult to correct, if correctable at all; but, also much more expensive. The tree roots to the right have been excavated and clearly depict an instance of girdling root, this is an issue that may have been prevented. So what happens to the tree when it has girdling root? The tree will be unable to obtain the correct nutritional balance required, and it will begin to decline, if the roots remain uncorrected the tree will eventually die and have to be removed, and then replaced with a new tree.



Well that is all for Part 1, leave me a comment below and let me know how you felt about this post or if you feel anything was overlooked. Also we love answering questions, as long as they are tree related,  so feel free to post them in the comments section and we will answer them just as soon as we can. Thank you so much for reading this and stay tuned for Part 2, where we will discuss structural integrity and much more.

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