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.
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.