Root Crown Excavation and Inspection

The Root Crown, the natural margin where trunk wood meets root wood, is commonly referred to as the “Achilles Heel” of trees and woody plants. Buried by just an inch or two, a tree’s root crown can be exposed to attack by potentially devastating pathogens (particularly, water mold fungi). These pathogens can attack a tree and cause serious decay in the basal trunk area and large anchoring roots. Trees on slopes are particularly susceptible to leaf debris build-up on the upper side of the trunk. The result, if untreated, can be tree decline or even toppling.

Inspection and Excavation of the area around the base of a tree to expose the natural root crown to air and light is the most economical investment one can make to preserve tree health.