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Posted by thisismelissa z4a-S Twin Cities MN (My Page) on
Sat, May 4, 13 at 14:02

About 3-4 years ago, I planted a tree-form Ninebark 'Diablo'.

Love it in this spot.... it replaced a damaged peashrub.

Anywho, over the course of that time, the tree/shrub has sunk about 3-4" below the surrounding soil level and has gone crooked. The original container was about 18" across and it's basically that 18" width that has sunk.

I know I should not put soil on top of the root ball. My instinct is to try and uproot the tree and put about 4-5 inches of compacted soil into the bottom of that hole.

What would y'all recommend?


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RE: Sinking?

it would be much easier.. to shave the surrounding soil.. into a functional shape ...

no opinion on shape .. w/o a pic...


RE: Sinking?

Well Ken, I've looked at this further.
I have seen that the tree wiggles the earth around it quite easily. I'm wondering if perhaps it being low has caused the rootball to rot,... at least partially.

I COULD shave the surrounding soil, however that wouldn't solve my tipping problem.

Do you (or anyone else) have any ideas?

My thought was to perhaps pry up the low side of the tree and back full with soil... then shave off the high ground around it.

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