Root Remediation

Most tree health issues occur below ground. Over 60% of living, functioning tree tissue is located below the surface (“out of sight, out of mind”). Most often, symptoms of a declining tree are directly related to what is taking place below ground in the root system. Only treating symptoms related to tree health is a reactive measure and often associated with increased maintenance costs as the tree matures. Our root remediation services assist in preventing or alleviating those problems.

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Soil compaction is a common problem in south west Florida. It inhibits healthy root development which would ensure a stable and healthy tree. Soil compaction leads to shallow root growth resulting in increased root and infrastructure related conflicts. Creating an environment conducive to root growth allows roots to grow deeper into the soil profile as they would in a more natural growing environment.


Radial trenching is a treatment performed to trees growing in compacted / poor soils. Soil is carefully excavated using a specialized compressed air tool and replaced with a quality mixture of soil and organic compost creating a healthy environment for improved root growth. Root growth will be greater in the treated area than in surrounding soil. This can give your tree the added boost it needs to overcome the many stresses placed on it from the urban environment.


Excavations and inspections identify / create access to correct: girdling roots (strangulating roots), poor root structure, harmful grade of soil placed on top of a root system, absence of roots, root deterioration or disease. Also, root related conflicts such as interference with sidewalks, foundations, utilities, and improperly planted trees (Figure 2,4) can be identified. All of these conditions are stressful to trees by limiting proper root growth which ultimately affects health, safety, maintenance costs and potentially causes tree mortality / failure. Soil excavation with our specialized air tool can alleviate or remedy the stress and aid your tree in transitioning into recovery.


Throughout Collier and Lee Counties cracked driveways, buckled sidewalks, damaged house foundations, damaged utilities and lanais are the result of conflict between urban structures and tree roots.

As trees mature in our Collier and Lee County communities, urban landscape management will face increasing challenges. Diligence on the part of the community association boards and property managers will determine the sustainability and cost effectiveness in the management of the urban landscape and its surrounding structures. Including a qualified ISA certified arborist in the group effort of development and remediation of communities would be a significant benefit.


A root barrier is a mechanical barrier that redirects root growth away from existing structures (ie. pavers, buildings) eliminating the surface rooting that damages expensive structures which then creates safety hazards. A root barrier is one of several options and may not always be the single most effective solution. In some cases, it is one component of an effective solution.


  • Assess tree system as a whole.
  • Variables must be taken into consideration such as: size and health of root system, canopy health, balance, weight, structure, species, and growth characteristics.
  • Site expectations / goals along with possible targets must all be considered when implementing a root barrier system.
  • Structures, utilities, types of traffic, volume, frequency, and need of access are also taken into consideration when installing root barriers.
  • Understanding existing cultural practices on the site, such as past and future maintenance practices (i.e. irrigation, pruning, etc.).
  • Surrounding environment, such as tree density (amount of trees in a given space) and buildings are only some of the factors considered when managing trees and roots in relation to urban structures.


Root conflict situations should always be carefully evaluated by a skilled certified arborist to determine the soundness of root pruning.

The cutting of supporting roots to relieve upward pressure on concrete/structures often destabilizes a tree creating a hazard. There are many factors to consider before root pruning a tree. Some of the variables include the target / liability, stability, future maintenance costs, root size, percentage of root loss, distance to trunk, soil conditions, and many more. Please consult Signature Tree Care for your root remediation concerns / needs.

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The proactive care offered focuses on proper industry standard techniques and cultural practices providing customers with a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Signature Tree Care’s skillful ISA certified arborists can accomplish wonderful things for your trees. We are the only Naples, Florida tree service with TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) National Accreditation.