Girdling roots, like the ones shown in this photo, are responsible for choking the life out of trees. Circling the trunk, they inhibit normal growth expansion and act as a tourniquet, killing the conductive tissue beneath and causing serious health issues in the tree. The symptoms associated with this issue are bark exfoliation, lack of a clearly visible root collar, and dieback of the limbs on the affected side of the tree.
Bacterial Leaf Scorch?
Red Oaks are affected by several different maladies here in North Texas. Bacterial Leaf Scorch is a disease that kills the leaf and eventually the twig, branches, and the tree. This photo is actually just environmental stress caused by compacted soil and inadequate moisture. Diseases must be accurately diagnosed and treated or the tree will not improve.
Compacted soil is the most common issue when dealing with North Texas tree health. Compacted soil leads to poor root function, poor drainage, and overall health decline. Using our Air-Spade, we can de-compact and fracture the soil, allowing for increased root growth and function, increased porosity, and better moisture transport to the critical root zone. Highly composted organic material is churned into the soil resulting in a quick root growth response, and a happier tree!