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Removing dirt from the root flare of a tree

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Old 06-29-15, 08:58 AM
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Removing dirt from the root flare of a tree

Hi all,

I have an ornamental tree that isn't doing so well, so with a little research I discovered that it's terribly bad to have the flare of a tree covered with mulch and dirt. I've removed some of the dirt but am unsure of whether I need to remove more or remove some of the tiny roots. I would greatly appreciate some advice about how to proceed.

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Old 06-29-15, 10:23 AM
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It does not look like the dirt or mulch was excessively high and I don't see any damage. You can damage a tree by changing the soil level so I wouldn't expose the flare and roots like that without a good reason to do so. What kind of tree is it and what problem is it having?
 
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Hi Pilot Dane,

I'm not sure what type of tree it is. That might be testament to poor googling skills. So far the tree seems to have a scale infestation, and it hasn't grown leaves on many of its branches. We've recently sprayed it with horticultural oil to see if that would help.

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In case the leaf type makes it readily identifiable.

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Thank you for your reply!
 
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It looks like some type of maple. Clemson University has a good webpage that might help. Seeing the dead and live sections looks alot like damage I've seen from Asian Ambrosia Beetles which have gotten bad. It's little tubes are easy to spot protruding from the bark earlier in the season but most are usually knocked off by now.

I'd bet that the roots being covered was not a problem. I would cover them back like they were to begin with.
 
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I will cover them up again then, and look into treatment for Asian Ambrosia beetles. Thank you!
 
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As far gone as your tree appears there really isn't a treatment for Ambrosia beetles other than a chain saw and shopping for a replacement tree. But, I wouldn't freak out until you identify the cause of your trees problem.
 
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