Prevent Dying Trees and Retain the Vision of a Great Landscape
Landscape Design Takes Vision and Knowledge
Every landscape design has a vision behind it. That vision begins on paper with detailed and scaled drawings of every little piece of the landscape. It takes great artistic talent, good knowledge of the growing habits of plants and trees, and understanding of the conditions present on the land before the project begins. The vision of the design is what distinguishes a great landscape from an unremarkable grouping of plants and trees.
The vision of a great landscape takes into account the interaction of humans and the natural environment around them. The vision does not come easily, but rather with the experience and talent of a great designer. Without the vision of the design, the landscape will never truly reach its potential.
In order for the vision of a great landscape to be sustained, it must be trusted to the hands of contractors who will build it to specifications. Failure in any way at this point can destroy the vision of a great landscape.
Dying Trees Destroy the Landscape’s Vision
When the trees in a landscape die or fail to thrive, the whole of the design is lost. Unfortunately, the specifications for planting trees in most landscape designs are not adequate to ensure the survival and good health of the trees. Trees can be installed to spec and still doomed to fail.
Three Reasons for Dying Trees
- Shallow planting pocket
- Narrow planting packet
- Surface roots
Even when trees are planted according to landscape design specifications and inspected for quality, trees can die. Watering alone is not the solution, which is the issue addressed by a tree watering bag.
How Can You Keep Trees Healthy and Growing?
What is the solution? The specs for tree planting must be improved. Adding Rootwells, or root aeration tubes to newly planted trees addresses all three reasons trees die. The specifications for installing Rootwells prohibit shallow pits because of the size of the device. A small diameter pit (which is always out of spec, but seldom caught by Q.C.) cannot be used because the devices are at the perimeter of the pit. Surfacing roots are discouraged because of the optimized soil conditions at depth.
Ask your arborist for details and specifications for using Rootwells to sustain your vision.