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Air Spading

Air Spading is a specialist technique used for Tree Root Investigation and Soil De-Compaction. An Air Spade tool omits compressed air pressure to expose the trees roots in a manner that’s less harmful than conventional spading methods.

When soil has been heavily compacted by either storage of heavy materials, vehicle use or possibly heavy pedestrian use it reduces the ability of water to move through the soil. This restricts oxygen, water and causes poor root systems.

Tree Root Investigation

If you’re concerned about the health of a tree, the answer may lie in the roots. One of Air spading primary purposes is root investigation.

When exposing the tree’s roots, we can investigate any damage or decay that poses a threat towards the tree. Fungal decay can attack roots and therefore can affect the trees stability.

Soil De-Compaction

Water percolation and gaseous exchanges are vital for a plant to survive. Compact soil often occurs in urban areas and prevents these cycles from happening.

We use the Air Spade to loosen up the soil around the roots of the tree. Mixing the loosened soil with a nutrient rich compost and filling the area back in, will improve the soil structure, nutrient levels and fertility.

Frequently asked questions

Air Spading is a unique technique used to investigate tree roots for various reasons. It involves using an “air spade” tool which omits compressed air pressure to expose the trees roots in a manner that’s less harmful than conventional spading methods.
An Air Spade can be used for soil decompaction, to physically dig trenches and for root investigation purposes.
No, it will not damage even the fine, fibrous tree roots essential for water and nutrient uptake.
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