Soil compaction can be devastating to trees. An ideal soil for root growth and development is about 50% pore space. These pores, the spaces between soil particles, are filled with water and air. When soil is compacted, the pore space between soil particles is greatly reduced. This reduces oxygen availability to roots and causes the accumulation of carbon dioxide and other gases. Root growth may be diminished, and the ability to absorb water and minerals could be decreased. Beneficial micro-organisms and associations such as mycorrhizae can be harmed. Soil compaction reduces water infiltration (movement of water into the soil) and percolation (movement of water through the soil) and impairs drainage. The ability of roots to grow and expand into compacted soils is also reduced.
(From the International Society of Arboriculture)
Many times when Appalachian Tree Service is called for arborist intervention
it is too late. The tree may be in an irreversible state of decline due to a combination of several factors including the soil condition. Only in some cases is it possible to correct these issues.
Call us for a certified inspection.