The Forgotten Root Companion
Trees and shrubs with a good supply of Mycorrhizae:
– Grow faster
– Are hardier
– Are more disease resistant
– Live longer
– Are less susceptible to root damage
through soil compaction and root rots
Roots of evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs have a symbiotic relationship
with a fungi called Mycorrhizae. This fungus invades the root cells of most trees
In most cases we would think this fungus is damaging the tree, but it is not. Mycorrhizae
does steal carbon from the tree and in return gives back water, phosphates and other nutrients.
Since the tree produces more carbon than it needs and struggles to get enough phosphates
and nutrients, this is a great trade off. Our conclusion is that all trees and shrubs should be
inoculated with this great root companion whenever they are transplanted.