We deconstructed a layer of rock that was encircled around the loquat’s roots, and trimmed-out the various and sundry dead branches. Also some of the overgrowth. Then we tan-barked it. Unfortunately now my neighbor’s back yard is more visible than before, but that will have to do.
Meanwhile the maple has an owie. I was thinking of filling the void since it collects water during rainy season, but it seems that only encourages worse conditions – We hope the tree will survive because its graceful shape and gentle color is a real asset to garden – plus they are expensive to replace!