One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to tree health is covering up the critical root zone with soil. While it may seem natural that trees should be surrounded by soil, that’s not the case. Trees need a large area around their trunk that is protected from too much soil or the encroachment of construction projects.

This area, the critical root zone, needs to have space, so oxygen can reach the roots. When soil is added over this zone, the oxygen content will be reduced, thereby affecting the respiration of the roots and the tree.

What’s more, when soil is placed in this area, and is up close to the trunk, the entire tree is at risk for decay. Soil is naturally moist. The part of the tree trunk that is below ground can resist moisture, but above ground, that’s not the case.

When soil rests against a tree trunk for too long, the tree may decay slightly. Over time, if this isn’t managed, the decay can spread and permanently damage the tree. In that case, it may be best for tree removal in Charleston, SC, to come in. Once a tree develops extensive damage and decay, there may not be any possibility of saving it.