Shrubs with burlap rootballs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by donp43
October 28, 2010
I purchased a large boxwood shrub and the root ball is wrapped in burlap. Do you recommend just loosening the burlap and planting with the burlap or completely remove the burlap and discard? Will the burlap eventually rot if left beneath the rootball?


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Answer from NGA
October 28, 2010

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I always remove the burlap, along with the ties that hold it in place, before planting my landscape trees and shrubs. Technically, the burlap will eventually rot but until it does, the roots will be restricted. I prefer to encourage the roots to spread out into the native soil as quickly as possible after planting so they can establish themselves well. Go ahead and remove the burlap. Your boxwood will thank you!

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