Replanting a Maple tree - Knowledgebase Question

Englewood, Co
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Question by lmontycj2a
September 5, 2010
The house I just rented has a 2

Answer from NGA
September 5, 2010
Everything should have been removed from the roots prior to planting. While the burlap will eventually decompose, a wire cage will prevent the roots from growing out into the soil and anchoring the tree. You'll be doing the tree a favor by digging it up this fall, removing everything from the root mass, spreading the roots out in a natural fashion and replanting the maple. If you don't the tree will die because the roots will grow around and around, and become girdled, which will cut off circulation to the tree and keep it from establishing in the landscape.

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