Root Pruning for Beginners

Root pruning involves slicing through a tree’s root that is going to be dug up and planted somewhere else. Why would someone cut through the roots of a tree? Pruning a tree’s roots is done to encourage the growth of feeder roots along with the root ball of the tree. If a tree has had root pruning carried out before being transplanted, the tree should then acclimatize to its new spot much faster.

Does your property have a beautiful tree that needs to be removed? Don’t just chop it down and waste all those years of growth. Root pruning your mature tree and moving it to a different location can ensure that your tree can be enjoyed for many years to come. Keep scrolling to learn more about the basics of trees and roots and how root pruning can benefit your property.

Why Should I Root Prune?

If you want to move a tree on your property to a new more secure location, the root ball is typically only the circumference of the drip line. The “drip line” is the distance the branches reach out above the ground. Your tree or bush will be highly dependant on its root ball for all of its water and nutrients and will need lots of feeder roots to help it survive the transition. To encourage your tree to create more feeder roots, root pruning should be done to avoid your tree going into shock and potentially dying.

When to Start to Root Prune Your Tree?

Even though root pruning sounds like a severe procedure, it doesn’t permanently damage the tree – but it will put it under stress. Give your tree enough time to recover from this procedure before you begin the process of transplanting your tree. Ideally, root pruning should be done roughly a year before you plan to actually move the tree. If you’re in a rush, and at the very minimum, give your tree at least two or three months after the root pruning procedure to recover before then transplanting it. This should give your tree time to get over the stress of its roots being cut, and for it to start growing new feeder roots as well.

Other Reasons for Pruning Your Tree’s Roots

Sometimes root pruning is also used to keep a tree at a “dwarf” size. If a dwarf tree starts to grow a bit too large, gardeners can carry out root pruning to temporarily shock the tree and force it to put its energy into growing new roots instead of gaining in height.

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