Hi. I have two elms, their age is about 10 years, and both have a similar problem: the central root isn’t in the center, but on the side. These elms grew between the stones. I made a sketch of how this root looks out.
It will not be possible to completely remove it, because it’s located on the side and there are no other roots in this place closer to the trunk. Therefore, I see two options for correcting this: the first is to split the thick root into two thinner parts and grafting roots closer to the trunk to them. This is a rather complicated procedure, besides, the result will still not be perfect, but there is a second option that makes me doubt: to make a ground layering above this root. It’s a bit scary to remove a strip of bark around the trunk, because if ground layering isn’t successful, the tree will die. I decided that it was possible to go a safer way (tourniquet method): pull the wire at the base as a tourniquet, so that it crashed into the bark, and cover this place with soil and sphagnum moss.
Which of the above methods is safer and more effective in this situation?