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Root Pruning

Root Pruning

Root pruning is the process of severing the roots of an established tree to encourage the growth of new feeder roots. Established trees that have been growing in the ground have roots that reach out far beyond the branches or drip line. These long branches are used by the tree to anchor and support it. However most of the small feeder roots, which bring in food and nutrients to the tree, are likely to be found growing off the main roots at some distance from the tree itself. To encourage the development of feeder roots closer to the drip line, root pruning is done. Root pruning involves severing the roots of a tree, all the way around the tree’s circumference at the drip line. This can be done by slicing down with a sharp spade. Root pruning is also sometimes used to maintain a dwarfed size and to encourage flowering. Furthermore, Because roots systems never stop expanding root pruning is necessary because of the potential damage that may occur to sidewalks, driveways, pools and common areas.

 

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