Why You Remove the Burlap Root Barrier to Optimize Tree Growth

May 31, 2023
Wes Rivers

In this informative clip, TreeNewal’s VP of Operations, Wes Rivers, highlights the detrimental consequences of burlap root barriers and excessive mulching on tree growth. Key points covered include:

  • 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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If you suspect that common planting mistakes are affecting the health of your trees, reach out to our team of ISA certified arborists at TreeNewal.com. Gain valuable information and schedule a consultation to ensure optimal tree care practices.

Optimizing tree growth requires understanding the impact of burlap root barriers and the importance of root collar correction. Join us in this insightful tutorial to learn more about these common planting mistakes and how to provide your trees with the best environment for healthy and thriving growth.

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