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Soil around the root zone of trees can be compacted very easily. When soil becomes compacted around the root zone, pore space is decreased which limits air exchange and water percolation and permeability. This in return makes it harder for roots to grow and carry out necessary functions for tree health. Compacted soil often leads to the decline of tree health which leaves trees vulnerable to pests and disease.
 Compaction is often found on construction sites due to large equipment, but can also be caused by human foot traffic. We use techniques such as vertical and radial mulching, using a drill or airspade (pictured) to break up compacted soil and back fill holes with compost.