Trees and Shrubs forum: Advice on my progress on exposing my trees root flares

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Pasadena, Ca
Dec 23, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Out of the 8 trees on my property I've worked on excavating the crown roots of 4 of them. Here are pics of where I am with them:

The largest tree I've worked on. I've cut off many of the girdled roots. I'm wondering if I should cut that one large one running across. Unfortunately there are two sprinkler lines running across the roots on one side. Who ever planted this and/or put in the sprinkler system was not very smart.

Is this deep enough? This is already about 5 inches below the surface of the grass.

I don't even know. Is this the crown? Any advice on what to cut away?

I have no idea if this is the crown.

If I have dug deep enough on these, what now? Cover it back up with mulch?

Thanks for any help!
[Last edited by Mographer - Dec 23, 2017 4:23 PM (+)]
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Dec 23, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Howard Garrett out of Dallas/Ft. Worth area was the first person I heard talking about exposing root flares several years ago. You may want to check out his website to see if there are some tips and techniques.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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