Tree Care As Match-Making
April 16 , 2009
Intimacy requires space. Sometimes our passion for trees
means we love them to death, our aggressive designs ruin
there love life when we really just need to let trees be trees.
The wisdom of trees is the way of community, and wise tree
care promotes healthy relationships. The vital web that has
always sustained trees is complex to recreate once damaged
or destroyed, but we can preserve the vestiges of lost
fertility and help create new possibilities. Sometimes this
simply means staying out the way.
It can be said that trees donít grow in soil, they grown in
air. Roots, mycorrhizae, mycelia and countless members of
the soil web live and grow in the space between particles.
The right combination of moisture, oxygen, decaying organic
matter, essential elements and everything else that keeps
the community alive is destroyed by compaction. We sometimes
love our trees so much that we cozy up to them, injuring
soil and roots during construction of homes and roads.
We apply fertilizers that are high in nitrogen, install sprinkler
systems, install fabric and rock, drench or inject soil with
broad-spectrum pesticides, sometimes doing more harm
than good. Many common practices increase compaction
and make normal life in the rhizosphere more difficult or impossible.
The most reliable way to relieve compaction and grow
subterranean wildlife is the simplest. Properly-applied mulch
replicates the natural conditions in which most species of
trees evolved. Wild soils are covered with decaying vegetation
and animals and contain varying amounts of humus in
each soil layer. Compaction is relieved by the movement
of soil organisms that inhabit and digest this material, creating
compost and opening spaces between soil particles.
Each cubic meter of wild forest soil contains hundreds of
thousands of insects, mites, arthropods, worms and other
small animals, and one handful of this soil contains billions of
bacteria belonging to thousands of species. Soils in developed
and built environments will never reach this richness or
diversity, but by nurturing the life in soil, we create the possibility
for intimate and meaningful relationships
For Information and Consulting contact
Santa Ynez Valley Tree Care
your local tree care provider at (805) 688-5580
Partially Reprinted from Tree Care Industry Magazine
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