Heres the scenario. I have recently noticed that my Japanese Juniper although about 95% heatlthy as far as foliage and branches, at the base of the tree is very easy to shift. In all fairness I do believe the tree may have already exhibited some of the symptoms when I purchased it. From the day I got it I noticed a dark spot all the way around the bottom of the trunk of the tree initially, it kind of resembled dirt but not as much so when I watered my tree it then looked to be a darkened exposed area on the trunk. Now as time has passed several weeks I established what appear to be the symptoms of rootrot. Last night I made it a point to lightly displace soil and remove soil. Until I finally came upon some roots. The roots seemed to be a darkened brown not for the dirt but almost in the shade of mildly scorched wood. These roots exhibited what seemed to be weak if not already dying qualities to me.
So now with all those things being said I would love an educated opinion on this. I need some ideas for taking immediate action because there is no alternative in my opinion. If you need more details on what the scenario entails I will be happy to try and explain further. But my biggest concern right now is taking the proper action to save my tree. I have considered air layering at the base of the tree I understand a good full developement this way can take up to three years, so that may not be the most optimal way right now. I also read on bonsai4me that you should remove all the dirt cutback and prune the dying roots and then replant the juniper in pure sphagnum moss at which time it should be left for about a year before repotting. In either case I have some work set out before me that may need to be done immediatly. But before I do any of this I want to see if the symptoms I'm describing are accurate to what I think the results are.
Syptoms:weakened tree at the base structure and small stringy brown roots that appear mildy singed by fire. Diagnosis with my educated guess rootrot first stage maybe second stage. Remedies???
Thank You anyone who responds to this I appreciate it all before hand.
Thank you Matt Zombie