Lazy & Incompetent

As evidenced here, maples have a shallow root system. This red maple was planted by "professionals landscapers" who did not plant it deep enough--a problem that cannot be corrected. The result is an exposed pleated root system. Notice also the girdling roots. So why did they do it wrong: (1) did not know the nature of the species and (2) did not want to put forward the extra one time and effort to increase the depth of the planting hole.

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.