What's wrong with this picture?
- Large black bag leaning on tree.
- Digging occurring inside of the drip line.
- Boards and things piled up everywhere.
- A mound of soil piled up under the drip line.
- Excess soil added and trampled at the base of the tree
- Equipment parked under the drip line.
- No protective fencing at the drip line.
Have you ever used a tree as if it were a pole? Did you pile things against its trunk or on its roots?
It hurts the tree and it shows carelessness... and you don't want to be thought of as careless. I know that you're a caring, considerate person. So, please. Come from the trees' point of view. You wouldn't want stuff piled on you. Neither does the tree.
How does that hurt the tree?
- Stuff at the base interferes with uptake of water or free flow of air in the roots. Yes roots need to breathe, just like you do.
- Stuff on the trunk can hurt the bark. Just like your veins and arteries are just under your skin and so you bleed if scratched, the circulation system of the tree is just under the bark. It doesn't bleed normally, but its circulation can be hampered. Not good.
- After time, roots and trunk can be permanently injured when things are left there, leading to tree decline and even death.
Other Carelessness - Parking under a tree
Sure, people like the shade to keep the car cool, but that is very human-centric.
The tree needs air around its roots. Would you like a 1.5 ton car parked on you? This compacts the soil and roots can't breathe.
Sometimes carelessness or accidents inflict injury on trees, sometimes injury occurs in storms. Either way, the tree has to compensate on the inside. And if the tree was already weak--not operating at full health--the injury can put the tree into decline.
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