Newly planted crepe myrtle roots exposed

Asked September 23, 2019, 7:51 PM EDT

We recently planted five crepe myrtles and have been watering twice a week. The roots have become visible at the root ball. Is that a problem and if so what should be done to correct it?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Those roots should not be exposed. Get some top soil and cover the roots. You may want to create a saucer by building a 2"rim about 1 foot out all around the base. This will hold water longer close to the plant, so the water has time to soak in and not run off. The rim will naturally level off as the plant ages.

Be careful to not heap soil high up the trunks. Make the soil level the same as it was in the pot.

Ellen