Too-deep planting is very hard on woody plants in particular, as you have just learned. I would lift it a bit, yes, but perhaps not until the weather starts to be less fierce, in early fall. Early spring would have been ideal…but too late for that!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.