Reverse Tree Flare

Asked February 12, 2020, 3:54 PM EST

This hornbeam tree was planted 2 years ago. The landscapers planted it too deep in compact clay soil. As you can see in the pictures, the flare on 1 side of the tree has turned under the trunk. Can the tree be saved? What steps should I take to correct the problem?

District of Columbia County District of Columbia

1 Response

We think that you have done what you can. It looks to have several major roots and none are wrapping around the base of the tree.
We would prune off the random small, thin, white root shown in your photos, and we would gently build up a bit of soil under the thicker root to the back left (best shown in photo 2). You want that one to have better soil contact.