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Excess Soil on Root Flare and Trunk

If your tree has no root flare and looks like a telephone pole in the ground, you may have a problem.
 A tree with no root flare showing is cause for concern. Photo courtesy of Steve Houser.

Published June 6, 2015 By STEVE HOUSER                                                                                                                                                                                        


Root Flare - The root flare (or root collar) is the area at the base of a tree where the trunk transitions from trunk and bark tissues into root system tissues. Roots should be growing outward from the base of a tree at the same level as the surrounding soil or slightly above it. This creates a “flare” of roots that should always be exposed and never covered with soil or other materials. If the base of your tree looks like a telephone pole in the ground…you may have a problem.

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About the author

Mr. Steve Houser

Mr. Houser is a Dallas native with almost 40 years of experience as a consulting arborist and expert tree climber. He is the president and owner of Arborilogical Services, “The Experts Your Trees Deserve.”®

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