I was enjoying all the new growth on my trees and vines when I noted a Santa Rosa Plum had the dreaded Chlorosis. No way! I knew this wasn't a soil issue as this was buried in prime. I'd been reading that trees should be planted at their root flare
So I dug down to find the flare, and I kept digging. It is a bit hard to tell but this is the spade level with the original planting level
And this is the garden spade touching the top of the root flare. Carp. Double Carp. This is planted way too deep.
So I made like Indiana Jones and excavated the roots. Along the way I picked out lots of lovely grubs and earth worms. Great for calling the wife over, "honey come here! <...> here catch these."
And the tree pulled out. Interesting since it was planted so deep, all of the feeder roots were facing up instead of out. I had to prune lots of those.
picture of the whole tree (before)
And the tree chopped. I didn't want a giant tree with no root structure to keep it up. I also didn't want the tree with fruit on it. So luckily it was budding out so I was able to pick three buds at the direction I liked and chopped just above that. I also didnt' like the shape of this tree anyway so it wasn't overly sad to cut this down and start over.
It's a little hard to tell but there is a little bud on the back side giving me three directions. There are two in the front on top of one another. I'll decide which to chop when they grown out. These trees have narrow crotch angles so I'll pick the one with the lower angle.
this is my back filled hole and a little mound for the roots to sit on. This dirt was damp so i didn't feel the need to presoak.
this is my tree properly planted. Haven't yet mulched.
this is the tree replanted much shallower, chopped, and gently mulched with wood chips. This got a fat healthy dose of b vitimans and will continue to receive a nice dose of B vits every other watering until I'm satisfied it's past shock. I hate doing this when the tree is out of dormancy but it was that or have an unhealthy tree that produces crappy fruit. You can see the old plant level and it's at least 12 inches...alright, maybe my 12 inches is in my head, but half a foot too deep.