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Question: It finally cooled down enough to plant a weeping cedar. When we took it out of the pot the root ball was wrapped in burlap (not apparent looking at the pot). The root ball was hard like cement. What can we do to make sure the plant will survive?

Answer: Start by soaking the roots in a bucket of water for several hours to help rehydrate them. Then remove the burlap and gently straighten out the roots so they fall in a normal fashion. Dig a hole as deep as the nursery container and a little wider, place a small cone or mound of soil at the bottom of the hole and drape the roots over the soil mound. Backfill over the roots, tamp the soil down gently, then water thoroughly to settle the soil and drive out any air pockets. Be sure to water your new cedar tree once a week. It should establish well by this fall and be ready for the winter weather. Best wishes with your new tree.

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