September: Leave the Flare of the Tree Exposed

Planting a tree too deep can cause the death of a tree.  The flare (the base of the tree where the trunk becomes wider – just above the roots) should always be left exposed.  If the flare of the tree is covered with soil or mulch, the base of the tree will rot and the tree will eventually die.  Clear away excess soil and mulch to expose the flare.