What are Tree Roots?
Tree roots are the part of trees which support their own weight and keep them from falling over. They are located at the base of trees, but they may also extend up into the soil or even down into bedrock.
How Much Dirt Can You Put On Top Of A Tree Root?
The amount of dirt you can place on top of a tree root depends on several factors such as its size, location, and other features. For example, if you want to prevent your tree from toppling over, then it would be best not to cover all of the root system. Instead, you might choose to leave some space between the roots and the surface so that water can drain away naturally. If there is no drainage problem, then you could just let nature take its course.
When Should I Remove A Tree Root?
If you have a large tree with many branches, then you will need to remove most of the roots before you can make any significant changes to the look of your yard. However, if your tree has only one or two main roots and those are small ones, then it’s probably better not to disturb them too much. Also, if your tree has few branches and is relatively young (less than 10 years old), then it won’t be damaged very badly by removing these roots.
What Are The Common Problems With Tree Root Pruning?
There are many ways to damage your trees when removing their roots. Here are the most common problems you should be aware of:
Moving The Tree: If you move the tree just a little bit out of place, then it can cause the roots to dry out too quickly. This will make it harder for them to receive the water and nutrients they need to survive.
Scars: Placing a covering over the root scar can help to prevent this problem. Just make sure that the covering you use doesn’t prevent water from draining away.
Trees With Large Distribution Roots: If your tree has a wide spread root system, then you should try to disturb it as little as possible. Any damage will cause the other roots in the system to work harder which can lead to them drying out or even starving.
How Can I Prevent The Above Problems When Removing Tree Roots?
You should always try to minimize the amount of damage that is done when removing tree roots. To do this, you can place a covering over the root scar as soon as you have finished digging. This will prevent water from draining away and also stop soil and other debris from getting in.
The covering should remain in place for at least a year. Make sure it is permeable so that water can still pass through it. You may need to replace or add more covering later as the original material gets worn out, so keep that in mind when you place your order.
How Can I Encourage New Tree Roots To Form?
If you want to encourage new tree roots to form, then you should try to limit the amount of soil that you place over the root scar. The less soil that is there, the more likely it is that new roots will begin to grow. Of course, this can lead to a host of other problems, like water and soil washing away, so it’s something you’ll have to carefully consider before making your decision.
Remember, removing tree roots doesn’t always have to be a destructive process. By following the steps above, you can do the job without causing too much damage to your tree’s long-term health.
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What Size Tree Do You Need Delivered?
The size of tree that you need delivered will depend on what you want to do with it when it gets to your property. If you need a tree for landscaping, then you don’t want one that is too big or too small. A little bit big is better because you can always cut off some of the trunk if you need to, but there is no way to make a tree that is too small bigger!
The first thing you need to do when figuring out what size tree you want is to measure the height and width of the area that you want the tree to go. From that you can make an educated guess about what size you’ll need. Of course if you don’t want to guess, you can always give us a call and we can probably tell you over the phone.
What Size Is The Tree?
Here are the more common sizes of trees and what you can expect:
3-4 Foot Tree: One of these would be considered a “scene setter” tree. This means that it is small enough to where it can go in a front basket, but large enough to look like a real tree. These trees typically cost less than most other types of trees.
5-6 Foot Tree: A five or six foot tree is small enough to put on a table, but large enough to look real. These trees typically cost a bit more than scene setter trees because they take more time and effort to grow.
7-8 Foot Trees: A seven or eight foot tree is what most people think of when they think of a Christmas tree. These trees typically cost the most because they take the longest to grow and require the most care.
9-10 Foot Trees: A nine or ten foot tree is typically too large for most homes. These trees are mainly used in hotels, hospitals, and other very large buildings.
Super Trees: A super tree is typically anything over ten feet. These trees are mainly for decoration and aren’t really meant to be held up with a stand on the property. These trees are very hard to transport from their growing area to yours, so they tend to be more expensive.
What Type Of Tree Do You Want?
There are many different types of Christmas trees out there and the type that is best suited for you is going to depend on what you want to put it in, how much time you have, how much money you want to spend, and personal taste. Here are some of the different types of trees and what they entail.
Fir Trees: If you want a traditional looking Christmas tree that smells great and is easy to find, then a Fir tree is what you want. If you go with a white Fir tree, then your tree won’t have any brown needles and will remain fresh looking for a long time. Fir trees typically have long sturdy branches which make them great for heavy ornaments. Fir trees are one of the most popular types of Christmas trees and they are typically reasonably priced.
Pine Trees: If you want a more natural looking tree, then a pine tree might be more up your ally. White pine trees typically have soft needles that don’t hurt when they poke you and have a nice natural smell. The problem with these trees is that they typically don’t hold ornaments very well and because they don’t retain their needles long, they often look sickly. Still, if you want a more natural looking tree, then this is the way to go.
Spruce Trees: Spruce trees are typically the least popular tree variety that we sell. They tend to be too thin to hold ornaments and don’t retain their needles well. Some people purchase these trees because they are usually the cheapest tree that we sell.
How Do You Want To Get Your Tree?
Once you have decided on what kind of tree you want, you then have to decide how you want to get it. Here are your options:
Cut It Yourself: If you want the best quality tree and don’t mind getting a little exercise, then you can cut your own tree at one of the many lots that we have around town. All you have to do is check in at the office and they can give you a saw and directions to the closest tree lot.
Cut It Yourself (Guided): If you don’t want to hassle of cutting your own tree or don’t know what kind of tree to get, then you can pay us to cut one for you. We will provide all the necessary equipment for you and a guide to help you pick out the perfect tree. Because we will be providing the guide, this option typically takes a little more money than the other two options.
Buy One: Another way to get a tree is to buy one from a lot in town that sells live Christmas Trees. Typically, these trees don’t hold ornaments very well and they typically aren’t as fresh as our trees. On the plus side, these trees tend to be cheaper and usually look fairly nice.
Once you have decided on what kind of tree you want and how you are going to get it, all you have to do is let us know in advance and we will make all of the preparations.
Benefits Of Choosing Us
When you choose to buy your tree from us you can rest assured that you are getting the highest quality tree for your hard earned dollar. All of our trees are grown locally in Washington and have been inspected to meet our standards. In addition, all of our employees are locals that truly care about making your experience a good one. So the next time you need a Christmas Tree, think of us!
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