Prevent Trees from Dying
Every landscape design has a vision behind it. That vision
begins on paper with detailed and scaled drawings of every little piece of the
landscape. It takes great artistic talent, good knowledge of the growing habits
of plants and trees, and understanding of the conditions present on the land
before the project begins. The vision of the design is what distinguishes a
great landscape from an unremarkable grouping of plants and trees.
Great landscape takes into account the natural environment and
human interaction. This vision doesn’t always come easily a great designer with
experience certainly helps. Without that vision you are more likely to find
yourself struggling with preventing trees from dying.
Dying Trees Will Destroy the Vision for Your Landscape
When the trees in a landscape aren’t thriving or die, the entire
design is lost. Sadly, the specs for planting trees in the majority of landscaping
designs isn’t adequate to ensure their survival and many times they are planted
in a way that dooms them for failure.
3 Reasons for Dying Trees
- Narrow planting packet
- Shallow planting pocket
- Surface roots
Even when you plant your trees according to the design specs
for your landscaping and you inspect your trees for quality, trees can still
die. Just watering isn’t the solution.
Keeping Your Trees Healthy
What is the solution for healthy trees? Tree planting specs
certainly need to be improved. Adding root aeration systems to newly planted
trees helps with the three main reasons new trees die. The specs for
installation of rootwells prohibits shallow pits because of the device’s size.
A small diameter pit can’t be used because the devices at the pit’s perimeter.
Surfacing roots are discouraged because of optimized soil conditions.
Talk to an arborist for more details on using rootwells to
sustain your vision.