crepe myrrtle transplant
My gardener just transplanted a crepe myrtle tree from a wine barrel to the ground. It is about 12 foot tall and the base of trunk is about 2.5 inches. It was my mom's who is recently deceased and I wanted to put it in the ground to honor her. The gardeners removed it from barrel and put it in ground but the root ball is now about 4 inches below the surrounding soil level. If I level it out and add 4 inches of soil to the top of the root ball, will this be a problem for the tree or its trunk? As it sits now, it appears sunken 4 inches.. Do I level out the soil which will add soil to the top of the root ball or call the gardener and have him dig this up and replant level with soil line? my concern with the later is that will disturb the root ball that was intact during the first transplant. i don't think I can remove soil to level the area to the tree. Any help is greatly appreciated.