Archive for 'Roots'

Volunteer work on Maltby Oak

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Danny and Chuck worked alongside Jeb Teuton, owner of A Cut Above Tree Service, to rejuvenate the historical Maltby Oak on the Putnam County courthouse grounds in Palatka on November 17, 2017. The work included dead branch removal, root crown excavation, soil decompaction with an Air Spade (air excavation tool), paclobutrazol growth regulator root enhancer, mulch and reattaching the lightning protection. All work was contributed. The Putnam County Master Gardeners contnributed funds for the paclobutrazol.

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American Society of Consulting Arborists

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Chuck and Danny attended a 3 ½ day arboricultural conference near Portland, Oregon on November 28 through December 2, 2017.  The conference was given by the American Society of Consulting Arborists.

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The Use of Root Barriers to Protect Infrastructure from 
Roots

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Root barriers have been around for many years. In theory a properly placed root barrier will hold back or redirect root growth. Often root barriers are used to keep roots from growing under sidewalks or other infrastructure.

There are three basic types of root barriers:1

1. root traps or screens — these consist of screens, welded fiber sheets and woven fabrics . The holes should be large enough to allow the root tip to grow through but strong enough to strangle and ...

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Root Bound Tree Struggles

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Root Bound Tree Struggles

In October I was asked to visit a property in Jacksonville to determine the cause of the declining live oak that had been planted by a nursery in March, seven months earlier. The tree was experiencing drought stress indicated by a extremely dry rootball and dieback in the crown in spite of a summer of abundant rainfall and regular irrigation.

I performed a root crown excavation with a hand hoe and soon discovered the tree had been planted too deep while ...

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How to fix the roots of pot-bound trees

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How to fix the roots of pot-bound trees

I recently had two separate requests to plant  Norfolk Island pine trees (Auracaria heterophylla) that had been left in their containers way too long. In both cases the trees had been used as Christmas trees and were then placed outdoors in their decorative pots. Although the pot-bound circling roots in these photos are extreme, the treatment would be the same for trees that are not quite as pot-bound as the tree in the following images. Unfortunately, most trees found in ...

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