7 thoughts on “Girdling Roots”

  1. It’s nice to read that you can prune up to 4inch roots without much problem. I was concerned when I pruned a 1.5inch girdled root on one of our maples. When I cut it it released like a spring. I swear I heard the tree gasp a sigh of relief when I did that! 🙂

  2. I’d like to share a product that Pro Arbor has found to optimize the trajectory of the roots of transplanted trees. The Rootwell aeration tube optimizes soil conditions at a deeper depth, which encourages diving roots, thus preventing girdling roots.

    1. I haven’t checked out this product, so I can’t speak intelligently to its net benefit on trees. However, I’m doubtful it has any impact on girdling root issues. Those problems develop while the tree is in the container, not after it has been planted.

  3. Really sick tree, and I’m afraid of removing the girdled root. How would you advise on this one (link attached is of the tree, root exposed).? I finally found a arborist wiling to remove, should he take the part grown into the tree, or just sever away from the trunk? That arborist does plan to deep feed, and I have already started organic ground treatement with foliage sprays.

  4. My husband & I have just moved to Texas from N.C. We just bought a house and we love gardnering . We have 2 questios. NUMBER 1)… Is it two late to plant anything this year? Like daffodil bulbs etc. NUMBER 2)…It seems like the previous owners planted two Crepe Mrytle Trees too close to the house and they are reaching about 24 or more feet. They do not get full sun and these two are in the front of the house. According to the Inspector they are so close to the house they are rubbing up against the roof casuing some damage. Do we cut them back or remove them and plant a very small ornamental tree more suitable for the amount of sun requirements? AND I guess I have a 3rd QUESTION. In the back of the yard they planted several white blooming Crepe Mryles but they are almost in full shade under either our large Oak Trees or the Neighbors. Do we leave them or plant some other ornamental trees that enjoy shade. We have a pool in the backyard and all I can think of is the previous owners planted trees that would not cover the water in the pool completely in the summer time. I love the bark on the Crepe Mryle Trees and the blooms but they really are not blooming that well due to the decrease in the amt. of sun the get per day. I also wanted to turn our yard into a butterfly and hummingbird garden as much as possible. There is a small Floribuna Rose in the front yard and it has bloom well this season so we must get enough afternoon sun (from 12 noon until sunset) where the Crepe Myrtles are. Thanks. Bonnie

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