Exploratory Excavation & Root Pruning

Protect tree health during construction or maintenance on your commercial property.

When construction or maintenance is impacting a tree's root zone, essential measures can be taken to protect your tree. These include exploratory excavation, root pruning, and protective measures for exposed roots.

Identifying roots through methods like AirSpade®, we ensure precise pruning to minimize stress to your tree. We also cover exposed roots with soil or mulch, and providing additional water to preserve tree health. Our team can even advise on optimal utility placement for the tree's benefit and offer ongoing maintenance support.


AirSpade® Root Zone Excation Services

Enhance tree health with AirSpade® Root Zone Extraction Service

This service involves the use of a pneumatic air gun to remove soil from root areas without damaging any tree tissue. Soil is blown free of the roots and/or base of a tree in order to gain access to the below-ground structure and correct common tree deficiencies. Unlike mechanical means of digging, injuries to the subject trees are illuminated. The benefits can include soil decompaction, root collar excavation and root pruning.Common remediation uses of AirSpade® include the following practices:

Soil decompaction

By moving or ‘tilling’ areas of a trees’ root zone, hard-packed soils can be broken up and mixed with additional organic materials to provide healthier soils for tree growth.

Root collar excavation

Many trees can start out life with chocking roots encircling the trunk below grade. This common ailment gets progressively worse over time and can kill otherwise healthy trees. When addressed in time, girdling roots can be severed and stopped from choking the trunk. Careful removal of the soil in this critical area of the tree using the AirSpade® can address these issues without causing additional damage to the tree.

Root pruning

Similar to the above point, exposing roots with the AirSpade® can provide access to roots that have been previously damaged or are at risk from future site work. Not unlike tree branches, roots need to be pruned properly in order to limit dieback and disease entry. Once again, the ability to gain access to tree roots without injury pays dividends to ongoing tree health.

Transplanting and bare root digging

Certain circumstances occur where the need to move trees provides more applicable AirSpade® options. With proper consideration of season and tree species, removing the soil from a tree root system allows for easier transplanting and greater success. Similarly, partial root zone excavation allows for the correct pruning needed for the preparation of transplanting larger trees.

Why Maple Hill is the the smart choice

Experienced in commercial and multi-unit residential settings: Our tree removal process follows the guidelines of the International Society of Arboriculture and ensures you receive the best service possible.

We make safety a priority: We perform a thorough survey of fallen, leaning, or hazardous trees to determine the scope of the project, as well as formulate an appropriate plan of action to maximize the safety of our Arborists, you and your property

Expert knowledge: Tree removal is always a last resort when we know that it cannot be saved. Find out more about our experienced Arborists’ Reports to extend the life of your trees.

We provide alternatives: Many tree services default to recommending costly tree removal first. Our team will provide a range of possible solutions that can often save existing trees and be more cost effective too.

Customer satisfaction: We provide a proper scope and estimate for the work so that there are no last minute surprises and our expert team of certified and fully-insured arborists always go the extra mile to ensure your total satisfaction.

Most advanced equipment: We use the latest equipment (including cranes and other heavy machinery) for safe tree removal and can stump-grind the trunk to below grade and cover the hole.