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Root defects from planting too deeply

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Planting too deeply can result in root defects in the landscape. Click through the photographs below to view details. Deep planting can stress and kill trees and cause health-looking trees to fall over.

See: root growth from properly planted and 12 inches too deep.


surface roots from deep planting

developing surface roots from deep planting


circling root defects

more advanced defects


stem girdling roots

serious stem girdling roots


girdling roots

close-up of girdling roots