Urban and Community Forestry Factsheet #34

Girdling Root

What is that?

Is it serious? How do you know if there is a girdling root? What can be done about girdling roots? Where can I get more information?

Johnson, Gary R., and Richard J. Hauer.  2000.  A Practitioner's Guide to Stem Girdling Roots of Trees.  Impacts on Trees, Symptomology, and Prevention.  St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.  For other information, advice and help on this topic, call offices of your State Urban Forestry Coordinator or University Extension service, or visit urban forestry web sites.