So. Vermont Daily Photo - DVS

Sycamore tree trunk next to the CB Sports building. Love the bark on these trees, just planted one last month in the back yard - amazing how much deeper the tree was planted in the pot than the flare point at which the trunk should be set in the ground. Maybe six inches of soil covering the root flare. No wonder seeing old trees in getting rarer and rarer - people don't know how how to plant them, and then they suffocate them with mulch right up against the trunk for another six inches - a rotting disaster waiting to happen. If you see a tree that looks like a telephone pole sticking in the ground instead of flaring out at the base, it's going to be dead before it turns 30 years old. Yes, seriously. Here is how plant a tree to last a century or more: