Air spades are increasingly being requested for excavations within rooting areas. Whether it’s for detailed root inspection, excavation or soil decompaction, the air spade is a simple cost effective tool for sensitive excavations with minimal damage.

The use of a compressed air powered tool, or Air spade, facilitates excavation, soil management and tree health care within a tree’s critical root zone. Unlike mechanical excavation techniques, air spading efficiently loosens and removes soil without damaging a tree’s delicate root system.

Air Spade Excavation

Specialised Excavation for Construction

Lack of proper consideration and planning, excavation to build foundations, install pavements and utilities can cause excessive damage to a trees root zone. Utilising the Air-Spade, excavation can be carried out to determine root positions and if deemed acceptable, roots can be pruned and trained away from areas, using root barriers. Preventing any future encroachment while reducing the risk of damage to both the tree and any installed structures.

Root Collar Investigations

There are numerous pathogens that can affect the root collar region of trees, that can’t usually be inspected due to being underground. Typically trees that are suspected of having root decay are felled on a “just in case” basis of risk management. Using our Air Spade we excavate soil from the root collar, or the rooting area in general, to facilitate a thorough inspection of the root collar and buttress area.

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