Root Collar Excavation in Farmington Hills, MI

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Root Collar Excavation Services Near Farmington Hills, MI

If the trees on your property are showing signs of decline such as thin canopy, dead branches, or leaves prematurely dropping, root collar excavation may be necessary to restore their health.

Root collar excavation is the process of carefully removing soil and mulch buildup from the base of a tree to expose its root flare and root system.

Over time, mulch and soil can accumulate around the trunk and cover up the root flare, the area where the tree’s roots connect to its trunk.

When this happens, problems arise including reduced stability, girdling roots that choke off nutrients, and root rot due to excessive moisture being held next to the bark.

Excavating the root collar gets rid of this excess soil and mulch and allows oxygen and water to freely reach the roots again.

Our arborists inspect trees and look for indicators like trunks that seem to originate underground, raised soil at the base, and declined health to determine if excavation is recommended. Contact Us Today!

Proper root collar excavation performed by our tree care experts can extend the lifespan of your trees, eliminate hazards, and get them back to thriving for years to come.

Process We Follow for Root Collar Excavation

Root collar excavation requires precision and care to avoid damaging the tree. Here is the step-by-step process our arborists follow:

Site Evaluation

  • The first step is to thoroughly examine the area around the tree to assess possible hazards or obstacles like utilities, hardscape, or other plantings that could complicate the work.
  • We identify any issues that need to be addressed beforehand such as diseased soil or girdling roots.
  • If excavation could impact nearby structures or landscaping, we discuss options with the property owner.

Tools and Equipment

  • We use specialized hand tools designed for the intricacies of root collar excavation rather than heavy machinery. This protects the root system from harm.
  • Tools used include small picks, sharpened hand trowels, root hooks for moving roots, hand pruners, air spade, and gentle water spray to loosen compacted soil.

Removing Soil and Exposing Roots

  • Working slowly and carefully, we begin removing soil and mulch from the base of the tree.
  • Excess soil is removed gradually, usually a few inches at a time before checking root exposure.
  • Surface roots often need to be pruned to fully reveal the root flare. We prune only dead or clearly damaged roots.
  • An air spade blows away remaining soil to expose the rest of the root system and collar.
  • Removing soil is stopped once the first set of large buttress roots become visible, indicating the root collar has been uncovered.

Treatment and Restoration

  • With the root collar exposed, we perform any needed treatment such as removing girdling roots or damaged tissue.
  • We check for signs of problems like stem girdling roots, decay, or pests now that the roots are accessible.
  • The area is then restored with suitable soil and mulch, taking care to keep the root collar exposed.
  • We may recommend follow-up fertilization, pruning, or other care to help the tree recover from the excavation.
  • For trees with extensive root issues, several rounds of excavation over a period of time may be required. We would develop a long term maintenance plan tailored to your specific tree.

Cost of Root Collar Excavation in Farmington Hills, MI

The cost of root collar excavation depends on several factors:

  • Size of the tree – Larger trees require more time and labor.
  • Accessibility – Difficult to reach trees drive costs up.
  • Amount of soil to be removed – More soil means higher fees.
  • Complexity – Excessive roots, obstacles, or treatments add cost.
  • Number of trees – We offer discounts for multiple trees on the same property.

The average range for our professional root collar excavation service is $300 – $1000 per tree. We provide free estimates after assessing your specific trees, so you know the investment beforehand. Proper root collar excavation adds tremendous value by improving tree health, safety, and longevity.

Examples of Our Tree Service Projects in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Great Reasons to Choose Us

Quality Services

Our ISA-certified arborists use industry best practices to ensure safe, high-quality tree care.

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Our flexible scheduling makes it easy to book tree services when it’s convenient for you.

Free Consultations

We provide free estimates and consultations for all new customers.

Customer Satisfaction

Excellent service and fair pricing result in happy customers. See our 5-star reviews.

Affordable Pricing

As a local company, we offer very reasonable rates on all tree services.

FAQs About Root Collar Excavation Farmington Hills, Michigan

How do I know if my tree needs root collar excavation?

Indicators include sunken or obscured root flares, raised soil levels around the trunk, thin foliage, dead branches, and evidence of root or trunk decay. Our certified arborists can assess if excavation is recommended.

What are the benefits of exposing the root flare?

Removing excess soil improves oxygen, water, and nutrient supply to the roots. It reduces disease risk and reveals any circling, damaged, or pest infected roots needing treatment.

Do you use heavy machinery to excavate?

No, we only use specialized hand tools to carefully expose and prune roots. Heavy equipment can smash and tear vital roots.

How much soil do you remove?

Just enough to fully expose the root system’s flare where it attaches to the trunk. Removing too much soil can destabilize the tree.

How long does it take?

From start to finish, small trees may take 1-2 hours. Large mature trees with extensive roots can take most of a day. Multi-day projects are not uncommon.

How much damage does it cause to the roots?

In the hands of trained arborists, root damage should be minimal. We are extremely careful to preserve intact, healthy roots.

When is the best time schedule excavation?

Late fall or early spring when the soil has more moisture. Avoid mid-summer heat when roots are more prone to drying out.

How can I prevent soil re-accumulation?

Proper follow-up mulching leaving the root flare exposed, or installing a small retaining wall can prevent soil from washing back over the roots.

Are there any risks or downsides?

In the wrong hands, excavation can certainly damage roots. But performed properly by licensed arborists, benefits far outweigh risks.

Will excavation solve all my tree’s health problems?

Not necessarily – it eliminates one common issue, but other problems like pests, disease, watering, or nutrients can still affect tree health. Proper diagnosis is key.

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