Trees are awesome, aren’t they? They foretell the coming warmth of spring with greenery; provide plentiful shade and cooling in the heat of summer; give us a kaleidoscope of colors in the autumn; and beautiful icicle sculptures in the frigid winter. Some of the best benefits of trees, though, lay unseen below the ground.

Strong foundations are needed for many things and a tree is no different. A tree’s root system provides some of the best environmental, and human benefits. Simple: it’s all about that base. A strong root system physically holds the soil around a tree in place, reducing sediment run-off into nearby water bodies.

Tyler Echard is the Chesapeake Bay Program technician for the Adams County Conservation District and can be reached at 717-334-0636.

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