Weighed Down to the Drip Line; What Can You Do?

 

This tree is crying out in pain, “You are killing me! I will die under this build-up of soil and mulch at my base. I will die because of all the rocks and stones out to my drip line. I’m choking and can’t breathe!! Air can’t get through all this covering and its hot. The weight of all these things is too heavy for my roots.”

Dr. Jim Conroy, The Tree Whisperer®, explains:

There may have been some practical reason why the homeowners would put all these materials under the drip line of this poor tree. But, they are killing this tree.  It is a living Being!!!

The materials add weight over the roots and suffocate them.

Roots can ROT and DIE if they are covered with so many materials.

What can you do???

  • If this happened recently–say, this year–you can remove it.  Rake away the mulch. Rake up every stone and gently smooth the soil to the same level as the lawn.  DO NOT add mulch.  You may put down a very thin layer of ORGANIC LEAF COMPOST, not more than 1/2 an inch.
  • If you don’t know when this happened, remove the mulch, rocks and try to scrape away the extra soil.  BUT DO NOT SCRAPE away roots.  The tree may have tried to grow surface roots into the soil in order to recover health and breathe.  You may put down a very thin layer of ORGANIC LEAF COMPOST, not more than 1/2 an inch.
  • After removing the materials, leave it alone.  DO NOT fertilize as that will put more stress on the tree!
  • Water the tree regularly when it is hot and dry in summer.

You might try something unconventional to help the tree.

  • Give the tree lots of loving attention.  Say nice things to it from your heart.
  • You might sing to it.
  • You might whisper to it with tree Healing Whispers.  Use the free download at this page at our sister site: TreeWhispering.com
  • Thank the tree for its life and for its gifts to you of oxygen and shade.
Be a TREE PROTECTOR!  Do what is best for the tree. Think like a tree. Come from the tree’s point of view.

Suffocated with Stones; What Can You Do?

The tree says, “AHRRGGGHHH!  I’m choking under these heavy stones. Please don’t cover my roots with a stone layer. Air can’t get through them. You might think they are pretty, but they hurt me. I might die from this because I can’t breathe and they are hot in summer.”

Dr. Jim Conroy, The Tree Whisperer®, explains:

Some people think that covering the base of a tree with something gives a pretty look. However, this is potentially deadly to the tree.  Would you want stones filling your mouth?? Probably not.

Heavy materials on under the base of the tree can suffocate its delicate roots. Roots need air as much as they need soil and water. Trees pull up water and nutrients from the soil through their roots. But, roots can ROT and DIE if they are covered with materials such as stones or heavy mulch. And, they get hot in summer.

What can you do???

  • If this happened recently–say, this year–you can remove it.  Pick up every single stone and gently smooth the soil to the same level as the lawn.  DO NOT add mulch.  You may put down a very thin layer of ORGANIC LEAF COMPOST, not more than 1/2 an inch.
  • If you don’t know when this happened, remove the rocks and scrape away the extra soil.  BUT DO NOT SCRAPE away roots.  The tree may have tried to grow surface roots into the soil in order to recover health and breathe.  You may put down a very thin layer of ORGANIC LEAF COMPOST, not more than 1/2 an inch.
  • After removing the stones, leave it alone.  DO NOT fertilize as that will put more stress on the tree!
  • Water the tree regularly when it is hot and dry in summer.

You might try something unconventional to help the tree.

  • Give the tree lots of loving attention.  Say nice things to it from your heart.
  • You might sing to it.
  • You might whisper to it with tree Healing Whispers.  Use the free download at this page at our sister site: TreeWhispering.com
  • Thank the tree for its life and for its gifts to you of oxygen and shade. It is a living Being.
Be a TREE PROTECTOR!  Do what is best for the tree. Think like a tree. Come from the tree’s point of view.