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Healthy Trees Start with Healthy Roots

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 29, 2015 @ 17:06 PM

Bartlett-ExposedOakRoots-6-30-2015The root system of a tree performs many vital functions. Roots absorb and transport water and mineral nutrients from the soil to the rest of the tree. Roots anchor the portion of the tree above ground.  In winter, roots are a store-house for essential food reserves needed by the tree to produce spring foliage.

Healthy root systems are vital to the health and longevity of trees. The water, oxygen and nutrients are most readily available near the soil surface where rain infiltrates the soil and oxygen from the atmosphere diffuses into porous soil. The majority of a large tree's roots are in the top 18-24 inches of soil, and when space is available, they can spread two to three times further than the drip line.

Because of this proximity to the soil surface, tree roots are often associated with situations that cause damage to structures, pavements and utiltities. Roots are subjected to run off, chemicals and mechanical injury. It is important to keep the portion below ground healthy to ensure an adequate supply of moisture and nutrients, and for the roots to continue their important functions.

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Bartlett Tree Experts with Marketing Manager, Tina McNulty @BartlettTreeExp The live chat begins Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST. This is the Twitter chat were we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Discussion Overview 

Key takeaways from the discussion of tree roots: 
  • The purpose tree roots serve and why they are important
  • The relationship between soil and roots  
  • Common root problems, and how to address these problems
  • Protecting tree roots and providing the best growing environment  
Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Treechat

Join us for this information-rich topic live on Twitter! Just sign in, search for #treechat and tweet using the hashtag. You're tweets will appear in the live tweet stream and you will be part of the conversation.  Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the treechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live chat, you can still access the complete Storify transcript, available 24/7 following the live chat.  It includes include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

About Treechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now treechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

 

Topics: #treechat, Corona Tools, Bartlett Tree Experts, Healthy roots, Healthy trees

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