The RootMaker® Way
The concept of forest landscape restoration is fairly new. It is a holistic approach that integrates ecological, social, and economic concerns within a sustainable framework of a natural habitat. Most forest landscape restoration is just a patchwork approach, involving a collective of plantation-style forestry techniques combined with disconnected landscape elements. Currently much of the emphasis is on the number of trees planted not the number that survive; but most importantly thrive.
A variety of native species must be selected to emulate the forest environment which is mandatory to achieve the correct ecological benefits. Forest landscape restoration should be cost effective, highly impactful and take a long term-perspective – generations, decades, and centuries. The RootMaker® protocol ensures habitat and communities are enhanced by reforestation, supporting a self-sustainable system.
Our Unfair Advantage is we put the formation of a superior root system first and foremost in the nursery production of trees. No other growing system on the market today provides the most cost-effective method to enhance growth and provide up to 95% survivability.
The Key to Enhance Growth is Root System Improvement.
“Mother Nature did not provide for transplanting – RootMakers® do.” When a tree seed germinates in the forest, the tap root plunges quickly to anchor the Root/Stem junction. This is to ensure the survival of the seedling in adverse conditions. Nursery production has eliminated this requirement and with air-root pruning RootMakers® turn the energy of tap root growth into thousands of laterally branched active root tips. The water and nutrient intake have been magnified ten-fold resulting in rapid establishment and greater survivability.
Another factor that benefits from improved root structure and branching is symbiotic mycorrhizae association. Mycorrhizae colonizes only healthy roots with energy (sugars) to share. By improving nutrient absorption and transfer to leaves, a greater quantity of energy is produced and shared with the root system. Plants propagated in cone-shaped plugs or conventional round containers that encourage circling roots and minimize root branching typically grow taller, slenderer and have fewer flowers and fruits. By contrast, plants propagated in RootMaker® containers are shorter with stouter stems and more flowers and fruit. An improved root system pays dividends in all aspects of plant growth, health, flowering, and fruiting. Plant growth and productivity is all about energy and an improved root system is a major contribution.
Both seedlings above are the same age – 3 days old. The one on the right exhibits the dramatic effects of RootMaker® air-root pruning at the proper depth. It also demonstrates the accelerated growth that RootMaker® technology has begun for the rapid development of the tree.
The RootMaker® system’s 30 years of documented proof of 2 to 3 times faster growth as well as survivability greater than 95%. For the carbon offset market, RootMaker® growth trees provide carbon sequestration annually of 200-300% more than any other growing system.
RootMaker® has reinvented the way trees are grown which makes its landscape scale reforestation model so successful. However, we must explore practical options for appropriate spatial patterns in our reforestation projects.