This post is part of a series of tree care blogs from our Official Tree Care Partner Cohen & Master Tree and Shrub Services. Learn more about how they can help you with your fruit tree on their website.
Mycorrhizae & Tree Roots – Best Friends Forever!
We all know that trees have extensive root systems that stretch throughout the ground and deep into the soil, and these roots are used to keep the tree fed and hydrated. But, did you know that tree roots are also feeding their own tiny “hitchhikers,” who in-turn, not only help the tree take up much-needed nutrients, but also connect trees to one another in a complex, underground network?
These “hitchhikers” are called mycorrhizae – a fungus that has a symbiotic relationship with plants. The mycorrhizae takes in the excess sugars that the tree’s leaves produce through photosynthesis. Because the mycorrhizae live underground, they are unable to produce their own sugars, so the tree roots literally keep them alive.
In return, the mycorrhizae give tree roots access to nutrients that their normal roots would not be small enough to reach. By helping trees increase their root surface area, the mycorrhizae can help trees survive in otherwise difficult conditions.
Since city soils are often compacted and nutrient-depleted, having a mycorrhizal network for your trees can help boost their health by allowing them better access to essential nutrients like magnesium and phosphorous. Mycorrhizae can be added to fertilizers and soil conditioners to help boost your roots!
Give your arborist a call today to see if your trees could use a little help from their microscopic best friends!
Be good to your trees.
Because your trees are good to you.