Cutting Edge Tree Services & Arbor Master, Inc

Girdling Root Removal

Some species of trees including many Maples are prone to a condition known as girdling. When nursery trees are planted in a loosely packed hole dug in compact soil, the roots are not able to penetrate the wall of the planting hole and begin circling around in the "pot." When the circling roots grow over each other, they begin to girdle and constrict the flow of water and nutrients to the upper canopy. Arbor Master offers a non-invasive root diagnostic procedure in which we use an Air Spade supersonic air knife to excavate the roots without damaging them. If the root system is not decaying or showing signs of rot, we will cut any girdling roots that we identify beneath the soil surface. Studies have shown that we may prune up to 25% of the cross sectional area of the trunk at breast height in cross sectional area of roots without doing vital damage to the root system. Several months after performing the "tree surgery," we recommend an application of paclobutrazol growth regulator to promote fine root hair development as part of the tree's recovery. The benefit of pruning girdling roots is a long term solution helping the tree's overall health for years to come.

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The Whole Job Was a Success

The whole job was a success to me, from the removing of the trees, the stumps, filling in with dirt, planting of the new tree, trimming the other tree to the cleanup. You did an amazing job, and in record time. You have a hard working crew.

Dianna, Garner IA

Will Undoubtedly Look to You Again

I will undoubtedly look to Cutting Edge Tree Services again in the future for additional work with trees around historic preservation.

Sarah, Clear Lake IA

Totally Pleased

Totally pleased with your work at our Clear Lake property! Thank you, thank you!

Ann & Mike, Des Moines IA

Fantastic Job

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic job you did on my yard. The front tree looks amazing, and the backyard without the trees is a wonderful sight.

Dianna, Garner IA