Should Burlap Be Removed From Root Balls When Planting Trees

Question From: MICHIGAN
Q: Hello. This is not really a question but more of a personal note. I own a small garden center and have been planting trees for 30+ years. In which we have always planted with the burlap to insure the rootball does not fall apart. With that said I have had alot of experience with biodegrading times. I have found that if a plant is watered appropriately the natural burlap degrades usually within a year. So I totally believe it should be left on. I also agree with your other myth busters. Please let the world know, the old ways are not always right.

A: Research from various horticulture collages and universities indicate it's best to remove the burlap covering on B and B trees. Anything that restricts the roots will shorten the life of the tree. I believe you are wrong on this one, Do some research and contact the Tree Care Industry of America (TCIA. org) for more information. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.