What Are Girdling Roots?

Girdling roots are what you see when a root is wrapped around the trunk of a tree. It’s not a common thing and it’s usually caused due to a younger tree being held in a container for far too long.

The root will begin to wrap around the trunk in the same circular shape that the container comes in. The problem when this happens is that the Girdling roots end up cutting off the nutrients and water that the tree should be receiving to survive and grow. If this problem is not fixed, branches will eventually weaken, and the tree may be dead in as little as 5 to 15 years.

It could also occur during the tree planting process. Make sure the hole you dig is more than large enough to accommodate the root area of a tree. This will ensure a healthy setup for a tree’s future root system for when it grows.

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