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Old 10-04-2013, 10:54 AM
Smallaxe Smallaxe is offline
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I've actually seen trees that had their roots grow around these wire baskets and end up with serious troubles... fast growing trees like maples have the biggest issue that I've seen...

It bothers me what might happen to other slower growing trees that I may never see again...

I typically remove the wire basket with bolt cutters so it doesn't disturb the root ball as much,,, then I open the burlap and fold it back at least 1/2 way down to be sure that it doesn't repel water...

When open like that it receives water and will rot normally... with the burlap up to the base of the trunk it actually repels water,,, which is why when you pull it out of wet soil, the rootball itself is completely bone dry...
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Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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