Getting To The Root of Tree Problems
Landscape and tree care professionals are frequently called on to visit sites with dead or dying trees. Often the owner or property manager is distressed, wanting answers and remedies to the problems from which their special trees are suffering. In many instances, examinations of the aboveground parts of the tree yield little or no diagnostic information.
A method that will aid in the examination of the belowground parts is the Root Collar Excavation (RCX). A RCX involves removal of soil from around the base of the tree trunk to get an idea of the support root condition and orientation.