What is Air Spading and How Can it Help My Trees?

The trees on your property are valuable to you and you don’t want to see them succumb to any problems. But sometimes trees do end up in trouble and how you—or, more specifically, your tree care professional—reacts is critical.

You want to make sure that you choose a tree care expert that has access to all of the possible tools and best practices/services that they could need.

Among these are air spading services. While you may have never heard this term before, air spading services in Pennsylvania can potentially help restore the health of a struggling tree.

In this article, we’ll dive into what this service is all about, including the benefits of air spading so that you can have a better understanding of this offering.

What is Air Spading?

Air spading is the process of using a piece of equipment called an air spader to remove soil, bark, and other particles from around a tree in order to expose the roots. An air spader uses compressed air to loosen and remove soil without damaging the tree in the process. It allows for better access to the root zone.

Tree care technician using air spade on tree

What are the Benefits of Air Spading?

You might be wondering what the benefit would be of exposing a tree’s roots.

What a lot of homeowners don’t always realize when their tree is declining is that the problem is occurring beneath the soil, at the root zone. You might notice a symptom such as the leaves not growing to their full size or the tree appearing to struggle.

air spade blows dirt and mulch away from roots

But it’s possible that this problem is stemming from the roots. The way to determine what’s going on at the root zone (and to make a diagnosis and implement a solution) is to utilize air spading services. This is a safe and effective way to expose the root area of the tree.

So, what exactly could be going on at the root zone? A lot of potential issues are possible.

Oftentimes trouble dates back to the tree being improperly planted in the first place. Homebuilders sometimes rush through planting trees without giving it much care or attention. But there is a “right” and a “wrong” way to install a tree. And if a tree is installed improperly, it could lead to trouble.

For instance, if a tree is planted too deep, the roots can begin to start growing where they shouldn’t and can begin to lead to problems.

Tree care technician uses air spade on tree

Sometimes, roots actually begin to grow in circles around the tree trunk which essentially strangles the tree and can lead to decay.

In other instances, the root collar (the area where the tree trunk and the roots come together) could actually be damaged or struggling. This can be caused by improper watering or a lack of nutrients. With air spading, the problem can be exposed and diagnosed (and potentially corrected if it’s something fixable).

Do I Need Air Spading Services?

As a homeowner, we don’t expect you to know whether or not it’s a root problem causing your tree concerns. But you are likely to notice the symptoms of a problem such as a tree that is failing to grow properly or the leaves appearing smaller than they should be.

These are indicators that there is trouble at the root zone and the tree is being restricted from growing the way it ought to be growing.

tree care expert consults with homeowner

Unfortunately, if these issues are ignored for too long, it can cause a significant decline in the tree’s health and potentially even lead to its death.

That’s why, the sooner that you call in a tree care professional, the better.

When trees are young, problems can often be corrected more easily.

Tree care technician chainsaw root pruning

For instance, we can actually prune the harmful roots without causing serious damage to the tree. But with a more mature tree, it becomes increasingly difficult to prune the roots without causing damage. We might have to do a little bit at a time. In the worst-case scenarios, some problems are not fixable.

Working with a Tree Care Professional for Air Spading Services and More

At the end of the day, we understand that you want the best for your trees. While tree issues can be complicated, with a tree care expert on your side, you can feel confident that you’re in good hands.

Whether you need air spading services or something else, you want to know that the tree care professional you’re working with has all of the different equipment and tools potentially needed to set you up for success.

That means instead of having to worry about tree problems, all you’ll have to do is enjoy your property to the fullest.

If you’d like to have a tree on your Allentown or Lansdale, PA area property assessed, contact us for a free consultation. Then you can rest assured knowing that we’ve got it completely under control.

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