Protect Your Trees During Turf Conversion
The replacement expense of an older or mature tree can cost you thousands of bucks, so you need to try everything that you can to protect them during a turf conversion. A large and older tree is an essential asset of any landscapes and can give many important benefits for the environment and people around them.
Trees can reduce energy use by giving an ample amount of shade and evaporation cooling. They also provide a home for some animals, adds beauty to the environment, and release the appropriate amount of carbon for the living things in the world.
Not only it is required to preserve these beneficial trees, but it is also the responsibility of the owners and landscape experts to protect them as the highest value assets. That’s why it is crucial in every landscape to have tree surveys to know the current status of the trees present in their yards. Doing this can prevent any possible damages and diseases of the mature trees.
Trees in Your Lawn
As trees continue to adapt in your growing lawn environment, they start to rely on the scheduled distribution of water in the lawns through sprinklers. Moreover, the law and thatch layer supports the buffer temperature, especially during the hot and arid seasons. Once the trees learned to adapt, and they grow happily in your lawn environment, any changes in the atmosphere like converting turf to a xeriscape can hugely affect the tree’s current health and condition. Some of these can lead to stress, diseases, insect manifestation, infections, and worst, death.
The Causes of The Issue
It is vital as a landscape owner to understand the role of every tree roots and the importance of keeping them safe. Tree roots manage to keep the energy that is needed to create foliage and essential hormones substances. Also, roots are responsible for absorbing water and fertilizer, and it acts as a mediator to stabilize the whole tree.
Most tree roots can grow in urban lawns at the top of six to 18 inches soil. Some of these roots contain large perennial roots, and others are small, short-lived feeder roots. Large perennial roots promote the stabilization of the trees to help them survive for a lengthier period.
The small feeder roots, on the other side, absorb all the water and nutrients that attain from the fertilizer. Feeder roots can extend its arm up to four times, and sometimes they are mixed with the lawn roots.
That being said, when the lawn roots also change and eradicated, the tree roots will also be affected. The water and nutrients will be removed, and the tree’s stability will also change, and the worst possible outcome will be death.
Protecting the Root System is the Key to Success
To maintain a healthy and undamaged condition of trees is to protect its root system and give adequate irrigation coverage. One of the most effective and useful methods to meet the tree water necessities and ensure the long life of trees is to use inline drip tubing.
The installation is quite simple and easy. It minimizes the damage of the current root system, and give trees the appropriate amount of water through the canopy area. Organic mulch is needed to be applied at least 2-4 inches deep, after placing a new irrigation system. Installing a new irrigation system help trees to enhance the appearance value of the landscape.