Can OSU extension use a section of a tree root to analyze the general health...

Asked July 11, 2020, 9:38 AM EDT

Can OSU extension use a section of a tree root to analyze the general health of a pine tree that is growing at an angle.

Cuyahoga County Ohio

3 Responses

OSU has a Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic, more information on this clinic and the services they provide can be found on their website: https://ppdc.osu.edu/. It is not advisable to cut the roots of a tree, this could possibly harm and cause additional stress on the tree. The best person to evaluate the health of a tree is a certified arborist. Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. The following link provides details on why it is good to hire an arborist and provides information on how to find a certified arbortist: https://www.treesaregood.org/treeowner/whyhireanarborist

Davey Tree Arborist said they could do a "resistograph" test to determine the health of the tree and it would cost $600. I was hoping OSU Extension could do the same thing for a lot less money. thank you for your response.

OSU Extension provides educational training (CEUs) for arborists but does not provide this service. I did find a fact sheet from Purdue that discusses Tree Risk Management: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-475-W.pdf,