As such – the same applies to the trees and plants that make up your landscapes. While arborists usually focus a lot on keeping your tree watered and fertilized, many folks forget that giving your tree the proper amount of space to breathe is just as important. While trees mainly grab much of their air from the Co2 in the atmosphere via photosynthesis, they also need space and air near their roots to survive.
As your tree grows and as you continue to water your tree, the more the soil around it can become compacted. If this soil becomes neglected, it becomes over compacted and in many ways, the ground begins to work against your trees and their ability to thrive. Microbes are important to the health of your tree and with packed soil – you end up with less air for them to breathe and less water for them to absorb. And when that happens, it’s harder for roots to grow and as a result, you end up placing more stress on your tree than intended.
To combat this issue, we use a process called ‘air spading.’ In a way, air spading ‘fluffs’ the soil around trees much the same way you’d fluff your pillow for a more comfortable rest. Most owners have done this on their own in the past - using a shovel to churn soil – a process mostly done by hand. That being said, while it most certainly takes more work than anyone would or should want to put into such a project, manual spading can run the risk of unintentionally damaging roots and other things that are important to a tree’s health.
Us pros use tools called pneumatic air spaders. Basically they use compressed air and shoot it into the soil, which breaks up heavily compacted dirt and adds the necessary air to a tree’s basin without the risk of harming the root structure.
One of the most common causes of compacted soil is that simply the tree is buried too deep. By using air spading, we’re able to unearth vital structures, reset the soil line to a more reasonable level and through it all – give the tree the best possible chance to succeed.
Also by deploying air spading, arborists are able to get a better handle on the ground around these trees and enables us to recommend better, more useful soil treatments and compounds that can help supercharge that trees growth and health.
If it’s been a while since you gave your tree a better chance to breathe, it’s time to give a professional a call!