Soil Aeration in the Spring Season is an Important Part of Overall Tree Care
The majority of homeowners are likely aware that, after a long and cold winter, aeration of their lawn can be particularly beneficial to its health and reinvigoration as the growing season returns. A lawn can become compacted from the dry winter air and the weight of snow/ice that can sit on the surface for weeks on end, so aeration can help kick-start its re-emergence.
But if aeration is recognized as an important process within overall lawn care, why does it not receive a similar emphasis and attention from property owners with respect to tree care? If the soil beneath a lawn can become compacted by various elements, why would this type of situation not exist for the soil that surrounds the base of any tree or trees?
There are several dynamics that can contribute to soil compaction under/around trees:
- Vehicle traffic
- Pedestrian traffic
- Animal traffic/activity
- Water (sprinklers, rain)
- Soil handling (fills, leveling)
- Decomposition of organic matter
- Construction (vibrations/explosions)
As a result of compaction, soil structure and chemistry are negatively affected; this can in turn lead to the following in terms of soil composition:
- Less oxygen
- Less moisture
- Fewer nutrients
- Less organic matter
- Increased temperature
Consequently, soil compaction can significantly affect/harm trees in the following ways:
- Restrict root expansion/growth
- Limit moisture and nutrient intake
- Increase susceptibility to heat stress
- Reduce soil volume available to roots
- Lead to diminished overall tree health
Many tree care professionals consider soil compaction as one of the common contributing factors in inhibiting tree growth and health. Fortunately, the types of the adverse effects and conditions described above can be rectified or alleviated by aerating the area around the base of a tree or trees.
Similar to the springtime aeration of a lawn, ventilating compacted soil adjacent to trees at this same time of the year is an important component of overall tree care.
Time and Circumstances are Ideal for Adding Soil Aeration to Spring Tree Care
To ensure that springtime soil aeration for trees is performed appropriately, especially to avoid damaging the roots, homeowners would be well-advised to use a professional tree care services provider such as OnTree in Toronto.
The soil aeration process employed by the experts from OnTree includes the following:
- Use of an auger to drill 2-inch diameter holes
- Holes drilled to depths ranging from 12-16 inches
- Holes spaced one meter apart over the working area
- Backfilling the holes with sand or organic soil (optional)
To learn more about OnTree’s soil aeration process and its benefits to overall tree care, please visit our Plant Health Care page.
The cold and lack of snow this past winter, subsequent to the unrelenting heat and lack of rain that Toronto endured last summer, have likely combined to severely compact the soil of many properties across the city and region. With the spring growing season now on the horizon, time and circumstances are ideal for aerating the soil around the trees to help support their growth and overall health.
For professional tree care, including spring soil aeration, call the specialists from OnTree in Toronto at 416-412-2100 today or Contact us to book our aeration services at your earliest convenience.