Do I need to remove the burlap and wire basket when I plant a balled and burlapped tree?


I'm planting a balled and burlapped tree that has a wire basket around the rootball. Do I need to remove the burlap and wire basket when I plant the tree?


After digging an appropriately sized hole for the tree, carefully lower the tree into the hole.  Then begin to backfill with the original soil.  When the planting hole is one-half full, cut and remove all twine.  Also, cut away and remove the burlap and wire basket on the top one-third to one-half of the rootball.  Then fill the remainder of the hole with soil.   

Learn more about planting balled and burlapped (B&B) trees in this article: Tree Planting Basics


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