Industry News: Root and Soil Concerns

Q: Contractors have removed all of the topsoil from our property. Will this kill the trees?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016  

Q: My wife and I live in Connecticut on four acres of a heavily wooded old growth property. We have lived here for 45 years. In an effort to force us to sell our property to contractors, they have, among other things, heavily raked all of the topsoil from the property and removed it using vacuum trucks. Many trees are well over 100 feet tall. Will this kill the trees?

A: This does not sound good. Considering that most of the absorbing roots on trees are in the upper layers of soil (12 to 24 inches), this could cause serious long-term damage to the trees. Typically, construction-type damage like this won't show up in trees until five to ten years after the damage has occurred. You need to have an ASCA Consulting Arborist inspect the site to determine the extent of damage.

Responder: Dennis Panu, RCA #396, Thompson, CT