Amur Maple Rootwork

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My aged trunk of Amur maple put out a few new shoots last year but unfortunately none in the middle of the trunk.  I’m hoping for more adventitious buds this year and a rootprune was overdue.  As you can see from the moss on the lower trunk, it’s been a bit neglected otherwise.

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First, I cleared the soil surface of moss and other debris and reminded myself of what there was to work with.

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A comb out and trim of fine outer roots followed by thick rootage left me with the above image.  A wide root base but the very thick root surface root on the left has always bothered me.  Time to address it.

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I discovered that the end of the root was dead and so cut it back a bit.  I’ve read of splitting thick surface roots to improve nebari but this was too thick to…

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