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Old 04-16-2013, 10:54 AM
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Looks like a grafting scar... what kind of tree is it???

If it is a graft that means that you have the 'crown' too deep into the ground.... gently rake back the dirt around the trunk until you discover the crown of the tree or hit roots... obviously you would stop at the roots, but you should see the crown first...

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I believe they are maples, not sure what kind. I didn't plant them, the home builder hired a company to plant them. What does the crown look like?
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:11 PM
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The crown is the base of the trunk that starts to flare as it transistions into roots...
Ideally, the flare sits at ground level and is at least partially visible... too deep and the tree dies...

If they're maple it is probably NOT a graft,,, but just sucker branch that was removed at the nursery...
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:17 PM
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Geez ....... It's not a "scar", it's a graft union, and the tree should have been planted higher.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:28 PM
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those graft unions are about 8" up from ground level, not sure where they're supposed to be. not much I can do about it now anyways...
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:30 PM
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those graft unions are about 8" up from ground level, not sure where they're supposed to be. not much I can do about it now anyways...
Not in the pic you posted.

They should be 6-8" above ground ideally with the graft pointed to the north-east.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:35 PM
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im sorry but it is. that is a lot of mulch around it...probly don't like it in the pic tho
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im sorry but it is. that is a lot of mulch around it...probly don't like it in the pic tho
Above the ground includes any mulch. The pic I posted the graft union is at the proper height and orientation.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:38 PM
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take your pic for example...the mulch would be built up to the bottom of the graft union in your pic. that's about where it is on mine. I was just wondering if it had to be covered or left exposed
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:44 PM
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take your pic for example...the mulch would be built up to the bottom of the graft union in your pic. that's about where it is on mine. I was just wondering if it had to be covered or left exposed
Soil or mulch .... it matters not. Don't plant a grafted tree with the union that close to the soil/mulch. Further, if you (or someone else) piled 8" of mulch around that tree, you need to remove it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:46 PM
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Oh, well the city planted them last year so I just figured they knew what they were doin. They probly planted over 100 trees this way....thanks for the advice tho.
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