Air Spading

Air Spading Services in CT

Air spading is a unique service developed to excavate root systems and basal areas of trees without residual damage to non-target soil profiles. It improves your tree’s root health. The radius by which we excavate is determined by the extent of soil bulk density, depth of tree planted, and extent of contract scope. Why do we offer this service?

When an arborist visits the property, many homeowners believe we only look up. But a good arborist always looks down first. 90% of all tree problems always originate under the soil: trunk rot, physical injury, vascular diseases, girdling roots, circling roots, and impacted root systems can only be viewed by stripping away organic material. We do this using a sophisticated tool that addresses the needs of the project at hand and protects the surrounding structures. Compressed air is used to gently blow away soil where we may access and remove affected root systems. Your trees are extremely valuable, and it is often the enemy we cannot see that is most dangerous. Without fixing problems underground, trees will often decline rapidly.

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Exposing the root flare (the area just below the surface where the tree’s roots begin to fan out), or air spading, can tell us if the surrounding soil is compacted or if new soil has been brought in around the tree, which might have a negative effect. We can determine if the roots are decaying, which can lead to tree decline or structural problems. Conditions for root decay include drought, overwatering, backfilling, and soil compaction over an extended period of time. Exposing the tree’s root flare can help heal the tree and restore its health and the most effective and least invasive way to expose the root flare is by air spading.

Sometimes in life, you have to scratch the surface to reveal an underlying problem. The same theory holds true with tree health as well. Proper air spading is sometimes the key to the utmost health of your trees.

At Southbury Tree Service, we use the Air Spade for many reasons other than to examine the health of the root flare. Air spading is also very helpful for trenching for irrigation. Air spading is also used to aerate the soil around a tree and to amend the soil with mulch and other soil builders.

Family-owned and operated for over 40 years, Southbury Tree Service has the right tools and breadth, and depth of knowledge to provide the best solution for your trees. Call us today at (203) 264-9937 to set up a consultation with a certified arborist!

For more information about air spading service in CT, call Southbury Tree Service at (203) 264-9937.


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