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The Symbiotic Magic: Mycorrhizae for Trees are like Probiotics for Humans

Mycorrhizae (mai·kuh·rai·zee) represent a fascinating and intricate symbiotic association between plant roots and soil-dwelling fungi. This relationship is pivotal for the health and vitality of numerous plant species, as it facilitates the efficient absorption of essential nutrients and water from the surrounding soil. The term "mycorrhizae" derives from the Greek words "mycos," meaning fungus, and "rhiza," signifying root, underscoring the fundamental connection between these two organisms.

At Shy Tree, our approach to tree care goes beyond traditional methods, by integrating mycorrhizae into our root invigoration treatments. When trees exhibit signs of stress, we recognize the significance of introducing mycorrhizae to enhance their root systems. This strategic application becomes even more crucial after the utilization of fungicides, as it helps to restore and rebalance the natural ecosystem within the soil. The symbiotic relationship between the trees and mycorrhizae mirrors the concept of taking probiotics following a course of antibiotics in human health. Just as probiotics aid in restoring gut flora, mycorrhizae play a vital role in rejuvenating the root structure of trees, promoting their overall health and resilience.

Within this symbiosis, the plant provides the fungi with sugars and other organic compounds synthesized through photosynthesis. In return, the mycorrhizal fungi extend the plant's root system, significantly enhancing its ability to explore a larger volume of soil for vital resources. This extended reach allows plants to access nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen that may otherwise be inaccessible to them.

Moreover, mycorrhizal fungi play a crucial role in improving soil structure and stability, aiding in water retention, and protecting plants from certain pathogens. This intricate network of interactions between plants and fungi not only benefits the individual organisms involved but also contributes to the overall health and resilience of entire ecosystems.

The study of mycorrhizae continues to unveil the complexity and significance of these relationships in the natural world, highlighting the profound interconnectivity and interdependence that underpins ecological systems.

The Benefits of Mycorrhizae

1. **Enhanced Nutrient Uptake**: Mycorrhizae increase the surface area of roots, allowing trees to access more nutrients from the soil.


2. **Improved Water Absorption**: These fungi help trees absorb water more efficiently, which is crucial during periods of drought or stress.


3. **Disease Resistance**: Mycorrhizae can protect trees from soil-borne pathogens, reducing the need for chemical treatments.


4. **Soil Health**: They contribute to soil structure and health, promoting a more robust and sustainable ecosystem.


5. **Stress Tolerance**: Trees with mycorrhizal associations are better equipped to handle environmental stressors like drought, poor soil conditions, and transplant shock.

To schedule a FREE estimate for having your trees inoculated with mycorrhizae, please book an appointment with us here

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