Eco Tree Company


Root Collar Excavation, Root Zone Aeration And Decompaction

Why is Root and Soil Mediation important? Your tree’s root system plays a vital role in its health. Fine roots absorb water and nutrients, store the tree’s energy reserves, provide structural support, and allow for the exchange of gases. A tree’s root system is massive but is also delicate.

As Arborists, we often encounter trees that have been planted too deeply, have excessive amounts of mulch piled around their trunks, or the soil is compacted in the critical root zone due to construction, heavy machinery or vehicle traffic.

In all of these cases, the tree’s health will be negatively impacted due to the lack of water infiltration, nutrient flow and greatly reduces gas exchange in the root system. These issues combine to greatly stress the tree, and if left unchecked could result in girdling roots, increased susceptibility to insect and disease infestation, and in many cases death.

Why Are Tree Roots So Important?

Tree roots are crucial to a tree’s survival and play many essential roles that support its growth, health, and stability. Here are some of the reasons why tree root and soil mediation is so important:

  1. Anchoring and Stability: Tree roots anchor the tree into the soil, providing stability to the tree. The deeper and wider the roots spread, the more secure the tree will be against wind, rain, and other environmental forces.
  2. Absorbing Water and Nutrients: Tree roots absorb water and essential nutrients from the soil. The roots’ ability to absorb water and nutrients determines the tree’s growth rate, health, and overall vigor.
  3. Transporting Water and Nutrients: Tree roots transport water and nutrients from the soil to the rest of the tree. Water is essential for photosynthesis and other cellular processes, while nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are critical for growth and development.
  4. Preventing Soil Erosion: Tree roots help prevent soil erosion by binding soil particles together and holding them in place. This helps to maintain soil structure and prevent soil loss due to wind or water erosion.
  5. Providing Habitat: Tree roots provide habitat for a wide range of organisms, including beneficial fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms that support plant growth and help to recycle nutrients in the soil.

Worker performing root collar excavation

Root zone aeration

The Solution is Root and Soil Mediation

Root Collar Excavation and Root Zone Aeration employs the use of an air knife to loosen the soil, eliminating compaction and allow for any root pruning addition of missing organic material and nutrients back into the soil.

Harnessing Compressed Air

The Air Knife or Air Spade, uses compressed air forced through a supersonic nozzle that then loosens and crumbles the compacted soil. This exposes the tree’s root structure with minimal to no damage. Because tree roots are not porous, they are not disturbed by air excavation.

At this time, any root pruning of damaged roots will be done. In addition we will incorporate a high amount of nutrient rich, organic compost mixed with BIO-CHAR in to the soil.

Our certified arborists can easily identify any roots that should be removed or trained. We will also incorporate any necessary nutrients or compost back into the soil, then water to replace any lost soil moisture.

The information that we learn from actually looking at the roots can help us as arborists take the steps necessary to safeguard your tree’s health.

Compressed air excavation

Root and soil mediation


You and your tree will benefit from increased fine root growth and restored vigor and canopy growth.

We help you avoid much more costly issues in the future and more importantly preserve ancient trees and ‘soon-to-be ancient trees!

Have a question about your trees?

We can have one of our certified arborists come out to your home and assess your trees. Whether it is in need of removal, maintenance, or you think it has a disease, we have you covered! Schedule a consultation below!