You may remember from my previous thread my dying maple, well The maple was removed yesterday. From the picture below I hope you will be able to see that only half of the tree had roots. Jimmyq came and looked at it last week and examined a branch, and did not feel it was the dreaded Verticillium , nor was water likely the problem. He felt that it was possible that the tree was planted to deeply, in effect smothering the root ball. (Did I get that right Jimmyq, if I got that wrong, please correct me so others know what is right) That was confirmed yesterday, the poor maple was being smothered in soil. No wonder only half if it had roots.