Root Aeration Tubes
Landscape design specifications frequently call for root aeration tubes to be placed around trees where there will be challenges for root establishment and growth. Challenges to root growth include poor soil composition, poorly structured soil, restricted space (as in street plantings), and soil compaction from heavy pedestrian or vehicle traffic. If any of these conditions exist on the sight of a transplanted tree, then root aeration will be important to the establishment of the tree.
There are numerous options for root aeration tubes. A popular design involves PVC plastic pipes with cross-drilled holes that provide the opening into the soil for aeration. With this design there is a limited amount of oxygen exchange that will occur due to the impervious nature of the plastic.
A far more effective design is the Rootwell Pro 318. The walls of these devices are highly permeable, providing oxygen exchange with all of the soil surrounding the device. Additionally, on the top of these devices is placed a convection cap that actively draws air into the chamber each night when the ambient temperature drops.
Rootwell devices are also beneficial for water and fertilizer delivery because of their open design on the top. Water can be delivered by drip emitter, hose, spray irrigation, or from precipitation. Pro Arbor has had great success in improving the growing conditions for the trees on some of the most prestigious properties in Northern Virginia. The arborists at Pro Arbor have been using these cutting edge techniques for years, and continue to be innovative in their approach to urban and suburban arboriculture.
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