I did something a little different last week. Very carefully with a shovel and hand trowel, I exposed the roots of 3 trees in a client’s rear courtyard. The aim was to see if any roots were growing too close to a brick wall as there were concerns about structural damage. After doing the investigation, I back filled the holes so the roots weren’t exposed and headed back to the office to put together a comprehensive report for the client.
Another time that a root investigation can be helpful is when there are concerns about building to close to a tree that has been marked for retention. By mapping the root system, you can establish if the proposed design will be possible. If so, the construction team and the supervising Project Arborist will know exactly where the important roots are, so they can avoid damaging them.
Have a flick through the photos