Conifer trees in the San Jose area face unique challenges when it comes to their roots. Poor soil quality can lead to a shallow root system, which can result in hazardous trees that fall over unexpectedly at any time. With the winter winds blowing us into spring, this means pine trees are starting to topple. That’s why the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Experts would like to provide you with the following San Jose tree care guide to conifer tree roots and what makes them dangerous.
Understanding Conifer Trees
Any tree that produces cones is a conifer tree. As you probably know, these types of evergreen trees are prevalent throughout the San Jose area. Conifer (a category of trees) can vary greatly in size and shape. However, many conifer trees grow over 50 feet tall.
Why Root Depth Matters
A tree with shallow roots has a higher risk of being uprooted during high winds. Uprooted trees, such as the one pictured above, pose a potential hazard to your home, family, and property. That’s why it’s important to do your research before planting trees and be aware of the ones on your property that can pose a threat.
Trees With Damaged Roots
Pine trees are not meant to be standalone trees. Instead, they are meant to grow in a forest setting. If the soil around a pine tree’s root base is disturbed, it can easily damage its root system and start the deterioration process. Furthermore, a tree with a damaged root system is much more likely to fall over unexpectedly at any time.
Trees With Shallow Soil
Pine trees require deep soil to sink their roots into for stability. If their tap roots don’t have at least two feet of penetrable ground, their strength is only found in their shallow roots that extend away from their base. Furthermore, trees with shallow roots and no firm tap root depth are a recipe for disaster under high winds. If you have a tree that is in a less ideal location, the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Experts can inspect your tree and determine the best course of action to protect your home, family, and property from any potential fall.
San Jose Tree Care
If you have a conifer tree that looks susceptible to high winds, don’t risk any damage to your home and property. The first step is to contact the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Experts to schedule an on-site consultation. We’ll take the time to talk with you and answer any questions you may have while providing you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote for any of our San Jose tree care services. Fill out our online form or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733 today.