The Process and Uses of Root Investigations

The Process and Uses of Root Investigations

A tree’s roots are an integral part of the stability and health of a tree. If the root system of a tree is diseased or unhealthy, it will likely have an effect on the rest of the tree. A damaged roots system can also compromise the stability of a tree which can be dangerous.

As roots are concealed by soil and well-embedded into the ground, it can be hard to inspect them. Having a root investigation or root mapping conducted by a professional can help reveal where exactly the roots are located. This information can  be sued to make informed decisions about future building development plans and to determine the effects it may have on the trees.

How are root investigations conducted?

There are two methods through which root investigations can be conducted.

Using ground penetrating radar equipment to scan the ground is one method of determining where the roots are located. To ensure that the right equipment is used and the right information is extracted, you should contact a professional to conduct the investigation.

Another method that is used for root investigations is to carefully remove the soil surrounding the system until the roots are exposed. This can be conducted by excavating by hand, air spade, or hydrovac.

Having an experienced professional is essential to ensure the roots are not damaged during this operation. It is a delicate procedure so hiring someone who is skilled and qualified is vital.

What are the uses of root investigations?

Root investigations are often used to set guidelines for a building development. In the planning stage, having root mapping done will help decide how close a building can go to a tree without being detrimental to the health and structure of a tree. This may be a compulsory part of the development application (DA) to demonstrate that the development can be accommodated amongst the trees to be retained.

In some cases, root investigations may be necessary if it is suspected that the roots of a tree are causing damage to infrastructure or buildings. An engineer’s report along with a root investigation report may be necessary to determine whether this is the case.

What are the benefits of root investigations?

Being a practical application of root mapping, conducting a root investigation can allow a better understanding of where the roots of a tree are located.

In some cases, decisions by the council may be based on theoretical estimations of where the roots of a tree are. Building developments may be rejected due to such estimations.

If you want to make sure that the real location of the tree’s roots coincide with this theoretical estimation, root investigations can help provide a more detailed understanding.

Who can conduct the investigation?

It is important that you hire a company who is competent and experienced in this field to ensure the information you are provided with is accurate and helpful.

The people you trust to conduct the procedure should be qualified and knowledgeable arborists. Having a good understanding of how to operate the equipment necessary and how the process should be carried out is essential.

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