The Role of Root Protection in Sectional Dismantling
This is a photo of stump removal being carried out in Paddock Wood. All works are being undertaken by PW Tree Surgeons

Introduction: Sectional dismantling is a precise tree removal technique that focuses on safely removing a tree’s branches and sections. While most of the attention in sectional dismantling is placed on the upper part of the tree, it’s essential not to overlook the significance of root protection. In this blog post, we will explore the crucial role of root protection in sectional dismantling and how PW Tree Surgeons prioritises the health of the tree’s crown and root system.


The Root-Crown Connection:

A tree’s health and stability depend on a delicate balance between its crown (above-ground portion) and its root system (below-ground portion). The root system provides essential support, nutrient absorption, and water uptake, while the crown carries out photosynthesis and energy for the tree. Disturbing or damaging the roots during sectional dismantling can severely affect the tree’s well-being.


Root Protection in Sectional Dismantling:

  • Assessment: Before initiating any sectional dismantling project, assessing the tree’s root system’s extent and health is crucial. Understanding the location and spread of roots helps in planning the dismantling process to minimise root disturbance.
  • Avoiding Compaction: Heavy equipment and machinery can compact the soil around the tree’s root zone, making it difficult for roots to access air, water, and nutrients. Tree surgeons should take precautions to minimise soil compaction.
  • Trenching and Excavation: In some cases, sectional dismantling may require trenching or excavation near the tree’s base. To avoid cutting or damaging roots, these activities should be conducted with extreme care.
  • Root Pruning: When root pruning is necessary for safety or construction reasons, it should be done precisely and precisely. Experienced tree surgeons can minimise the impact on the tree by targeting specific roots.
  • Root Protection Zones (RPZs): RPZs are designated areas around a tree where root protection is a priority. These zones should be marked, and precautions should be taken to avoid disturbing their roots.
  • Mulching: Applying a layer of mulch around the tree’s base helps protect the roots from temperature extremes, retains moisture, and reduces soil compaction.


PW Tree Surgeons’ Approach to Root Protection:

At PW Tree Surgeons, we recognise that preserving the root system is integral to a tree’s overall health and stability. Our approach to root protection in sectional dismantling includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Assessment: We thoroughly assess the tree’s root system before commencing any dismantling work, allowing us to plan the operation effectively.
  • Minimised Soil Compaction: We use appropriate equipment and ground protection measures to minimise soil compaction in the root zone.
  • Selective Root Pruning: If root pruning is necessary, we do so selectively and carefully, avoiding unnecessary damage to the tree’s roots.
  • Mulching and RPZs: We employ mulching to protect the roots and clearly define RPZs to ensure that root protection is a top priority during dismantling.


Conclusion: Root protection is an integral part of sectional dismantling that should not be overlooked. We safeguard the tree’s root system and ensure its long-term health and vitality. At PW Tree Surgeons, we understand the critical role that roots play in a tree’s well-being, and we prioritise root protection in all our sectional dismantling operations to promote healthy and thriving trees in our communities.

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