Watson, Gary W.

Getting the Roots Right: The Structural Root Depth Best Management Practice


Identifier
3.54040
Type
Article
Date created
2005
Abstract
An industry-wide working group has developed a Best Management Practice (BMP) on structural root depth to aid in the interpretation and implementation of current knowledge in the industry as a guide for practicing green industry professionals. When planting, at least 2 structural roots should be within 1 to 3 inches of the soil surface, measured 3-4 inches from the trunk. For recently planted trees, the greatest long-term benefit will be achieved by replanting the tree at the proper depth. For larger, established trees, a practice being used regularly by arborists is to perform a root collar excavation to remove the excess soil in contact with the trunk.
ISSN
Alternate Title
Proceedings of Trees and Planting: Getting the Roots Right
Page Number
52-54
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