Root Girdling

Root Girdling After a period of time (usually many years), the roots of some trees begin to grow around the stem of the tree. This is turns, cuts off the water supply and stored nutrients. While there is still some uncertainty about what causes root girdling, it is believed that the main factor is caused by container trees being transplanted without having their root systems pruned. The roots are a container tree are just that, contained. And as such, they begin to form a circular motion with their anchors. When transplanting a container tree to a yard, we recommend cutting the roots in a vertical fashion to allow for optimal growth in the future. Be sure to get the roots at the bottom, too!

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