Root Barrier & Root Pruning

Our recently purchased root cutter is able to cut roots to a depth of 14” in one quick pass. Contrary to our conventional stump grinders which only facilitate about half of its depth, this new root cutter is much more efficient when it comes to installing root barrier since very little manual labour will be required due to the depth it provides.

Our air spade may be used to inspect root issues prior to deciding management procedures, especially when large supporting tree roots are in close proximity to infrastructure. It may also be used for rocky soil areas which would rapidly damage conventional stumper teeth. In most circumstances, the air spade is a more expensive technique for root pruning but it provides the Arborist the opportunity to make precise and well placed cuts back to lateral roots which is best for tree health.

Root Barrier

Root barrier is a physical barrier used to preventing conflicts with the wrong tree being planted in the wrong place. Root barrier is a plastic membrane that is installed below the surface of the ground with the intent of restricting future root growth or re-directing it.  It is normally done at all soil/infrastructure interfaces within a 2-3 meter radius of a tree trunk.

Root Pruning

Tree roots can grow towards cement walkways or building walls and create structural issues. Root pruning is the process of exposing roots and cutting them to prevent or redirect future growth.  Typically, it is done in conjunction with the installation of root barrier. An experience Arborist can expose the roots and decide whether or not to cut certain roots as to not harm the tree in the process of saving your pavement.

Installation Process

Example of where it would be installed

Please call and talk to one of our Plant Health Care Technicians.

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Did you also know that all of our Arborists have to become competent Climbing Arborists before they can start the process of becoming a Consulting Arborist? We believe this is critically important as it gives our consultants a respect and familiarity with trees that you cannot otherwise get and it helps them with developing practical, “real life” solutions.

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