Arborist Skills: Pneumatic-air-excavation tool

Pneumatic-air-excavation tools are versatile devices used for many types of soil-excavating operations, including tree-root and trunk excavations. Often, the need to see what is happening underground in a tree’s root zone is critical to making the right management choices regarding tree health. Pneumatic-air soil loosening is the least injurious method to meet the objective and is the preferred method of mitigating compacted soil within the root zone of plants. Pneumatic air is used to fracture heavy, compacted soils to allow better air and water movement in the soil-biology environment with minimal tree-root damage.

Video courtesy of Chris Kemp, ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) credentialed and plant health care manager for Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service, a 10-year TCIA member company based in Eliot, Maine.

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