Wooldridge Square – Giving Big Trees a Big Boost

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Last week, Bartlett Tree Experts began work to prune one tree and perform their Root RX on ten additional trees at this square which just celebrated its 100 anniversary as a park in June.

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One of the treated trees with the completed Root RX work

Root Rx involves using an airspade to break up the soil 6 inches down and ten feet out from the trunk – without hurting the roots, then add compost into the tilled soil and then a 4-6 inch layer of new mulch on top.  The purpose is to de-compact the critical root zone and give each of these heritage trees a chance to promote new root growth.  We did this work at Republic Square on each of the three Auction Oaks there and it has had a tremendous effect.    We also have a similiar project at Brush Square for the big Oak Tree between the O Henry and Susanna Dickinson Houses there.

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Close up of a treated Oak

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