How to raise a dogwood sapling that's sunk below soil level

8 days ago

Last April I put a dogwood (~2 years old) from its pot into the ground. I planted high in heavy clay soil, but evidently not high enough... as the clay compacted with rain, time, etc, the tree sunk and it's flare now sits about an inch below soil level. BIG problem when we get rain--it sits in water for hours before the ground soaks the pool back up. I've tried placing more dirt on top, but it either washes out or settles and the pool forms again with the next big storm.
This tree's been in the ground for almost a year. It just had bud break. Is it too risky to try and dig in to raise the tree and backfill beneath it? I know these guys hate wet feet and I'd love to correct this issue..

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