Why You Remove the Burlap Root Barrier to Optimize Tree Growth
- The barrier created by burlap hindering air and water flow to the tree’s root ball.
- The prolonged lifespan of artificial burlap in the soil, lasting for decades and impeding proper root development.
- The importance of root collar correction to expose the tree’s flare and prevent moisture buildup around the trunk.
According to Rivers, burlap root barriers create a physical obstruction. This restricts the exchange of air and water with the soil, depriving the tree of essential resources. The artificial burlap used in the barriers can persist in the soil for over 50 years, becoming a long-lasting problem for the tree if not removed during planting.
Additionally, excessive mulching can cover the tree’s flare, making it difficult to distinguish the transition from the trunk to the buttress roots. This moisture-trapping environment can induce stress and negatively impact the tree’s health.
To address these issues, our arborist emphasizes the importance of root collar correction. By carefully removing the soil and mulch around the base of the tree, the flare is exposed. This allows for proper airflow and prevents moisture buildup against the trunk. This correction promotes healthier tree growth and reduces the risk of stress-related issues.
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