Girdling roots are roots that are wrapped tightly around the base of the trunk/stem of the tree and cut into the actual trunk. They inhibit the flow of water and nutrients in the trunk of the tree, so over time the girdling roots can weaken the tree and cause tree death.
How to Detect Girdling Roots
Girdling roots are sometimes visible above the soil but they can also be hidden just below ground. But there are a few visible signs that indicate that these hidden roots are present.
As always, pay attention to any changes in the overall vitality of the tree. We talk about what the symptoms of tree stress might look like here. Those symptoms can indicate many different stressors besides girdling roots, so it’s a good idea to call a certified tree surgeon if you notice anything abnormal.
Visible changes/abnormalities in the tree that almost always point to girdling roots beneath the surface of the soil are found at the very bottom of the trunk. Some examples are:
- Dead spots.
- The trunk emerging straight out of the ground without any flare at all.
The “Root” Cause
In some cases it’s difficult to point to a specific cause of girdling roots. Some of the factors that contribute are unknown. Some species tend to be more prone to girdling roots than others. But most of the factors that cause these destructive roots are a result of improper planting.
This is why hiring a professional tree service or arborist is crucial when planting trees. When hiring somebody be sure to ask about their experience so something like girdling roots doesn’t happen.
Florida’s Tree Masters has decades of experience in arboriculture. We actually have a step-by-step video tutorial on how to properly plant a tree.
The Good News
Fortunately, there is a solution to girdling roots. Most of them can be cut to restore the flow of water and nutrients. However, not every case is the same. Again, this is another reason why you need to be sure that the tree service you hire is professional and experienced in arboriculture.
Floridas Tree Masters is a tree service with the top rated tree surgeons/arborists in the Volusia County area. Serving Palm Coast, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Ponce Inlet, South Daytona, and surrounding cities. Floridas Tree Masters has years of experience in tree care, including tree removal and tree pruning. Affordable, licensed and insured, and always free estimates.