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Does Your Tree Have Flare?

If the trunk of your tree does not show a flare at the base, you may have a problem.

A tree with a normal healthy root flare.
A tree with a normal healthy root flare.

A Healthy Root Flare

If the trunk of your tree does not show a flare at the base, you may have a problem. The root flare is the base of the trunk that flares outward as it changes from trunk into root tissue.  Excess soil or other materials around the base can lead to decay, pathogen entry, girdling roots, or other serious concerns.

Select Learn More to read an article published in Neil Sperry's e-gardens Newsletter about excess soil on root flares and trunks.

   

A technician removing the dirt in order to expose the roots of a tree

Air Spading

The Air Spade is an arborist’s tool for safely removing soil from the base of a tree or around its roots, without significant damage. The tool uses high pressure air through a hose to blow the soil away from a trunk or roots, which provides the opportunity to examine the condition of roots, root flare, or the trunk. Exposing the root flare can provide our consulting arborist with valuable information regarding the general health or structural integrity of your tree.

Select Learn More to read an article Arborilogical Services® published about air spading.

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