A common problem with trees in the landscape is circling or girdling roots. Often when symptoms appear, such as a declining upper canopy, it is too late to help the tree.
We routinely check young trees by performing a root crown excavation. Through this process, we efficiently check for girdling roots and confirm that the root flares are at a proper soil height.
A client in Gladwyne has a row of Chinese Elm trees that are underperforming. To improve growing conditions we injected an organic soil conditioner and performed root crown excavations to check for girdling roots. I am looking forward to checking these trees in the spring to see the improvements to their health.