"I have been
told my trees have Stem Girdling Roots.
What do I do now?"
were planted too deeply, what do I do now?"
Excavation is a process that involves removing the excess soil
from around the base of the tree trunk.
The goal is
to find the first roots arising from the root flair and if
possible removing any roots that are girdling the tree, (or wrapping back around the trunk of the tree and
essentially strangling it).
trees, the girdling roots should be cut and removed. On older
trees, it is necessary to weigh the benefits and risks to the
tree. Sometimes we'll remove all the offending roots
over a 2-3 year period, to ensure the tree survives.
species will not develop stem girdling roots, but instead
will rot off at the soil line over a 10-15 year period.
NOTHING should be on the trunk of a tree, neither soil nor