Thanks for the response! Here are some pictures of the ground around the base of the tree.Hello Sair,
A picture of the ground under the dripline of the Cherry tree. This is also the Critical Root Zone, generally speaking. No digging for the photo.
Critical Root Zone - Technical Recommendation from Urban Forestry Services, Inc. (urbanforestnursery.com)
Thanks so much for all the help, I can’t hire anyone to come out sadly. There aren’t very many arborists around here, and the cost of those who are is more than I can afford. I did try to help expose the roots myself though. I’m not sure whether it’s enough or not though.Good Photos!
Here is a link to watch: Root Collar Excavation - YouTube
In wetter years, it becomes more of an issue with Cherry planted too deeply, dealing with the stress/poor respiration, and more issues Like Bacterial Canker and Gummosis become more obvious.
Do you have a good Certified Arborist in your area that you could hire, and make a plan to do a Root Collar Excavation/Air Spading and proper mulching thereafter, as well as other treatments to improve the Vigor of your Valuable Tree?
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the help, I can’t hire anyone to come out sadly. There aren’t very many arborists around here, and the cost of those who are is more than I can afford. I did try to help expose the roots myself though. I’m not sure whether it’s enough or not though.
Thank you again, for the help! I'll get to work on this and see how things go. I've ordered some Reliant and already have a spray bottle for it. By 1-2 bark mulch, do you mean the size of the bark? Also what would you suggest for watering the tree in future? I especially worry because the roots were so deep, the tree is in a sort of trench-basin now.Dear Sair,
The wounding you caused as you removed some of the soil, are entry areas for pathogens, until they can heal themselves with Woundwood/Callus.
I suggest a thin 1-2 bark mulch in a 3 foot radius asap. Be sure the mulch does NOT touch the trunk....I use the width of my hand as a guide for NO GO MULCH.
Buy the mentioned RELIANT product for Insurance.
Be sure to spray the Trunk from 4 foot above the ground, down to the soil line with a mix of 60% water and 40% "potassium phosphite". (Reliant)
You can buy a gallon of Reliant concentrate from Tree Stuff .com. A quart of the finished spray (12 oz reliant/20 oz water) in a pump sprayer, and wet the trunk down on a dry day will help give some protection against Phytophthora (Bleeding Canker).
This water mold CAN become active on Cherry when soils exceed 59F and on wet rainy periods when soils are at field capacity, OR poorly draining.
My GIFT to the tree.