https://www.giroudtree.com Girdling roots are just as bad as they sound. These roots choke off the circulation of water and nutrients to a tree. In this case, Erik Rodgers, shows how girdling roots formed around a Red Maple in Penndel PA. Dan Rombold, Giroud Crew Leader, uses an air spade to sweep the soil away and expose the roots so they can be cut away from the tree. Symptoms include stunted growth, deformed or off color leaves, branch die back and early leaf drop. If allowed to continue, girdling roots can kill a tree. For more information, contact Giroud Tree and Lawn at 215-682-7704.