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Aug 27, 2018 7:34 AM CST
san jacinto, ca
Hi:
I planted a Mimosa tree yesterday in my back yard. Due to my having it about 10 feet away from a sidewalk I decided to leave the top half of the 5 gal container in place. I cut the bottom half off the container and planted the tree with the plastic surrounding about 5 inches of the upper part of the root ball. I added some vitamin B. Will leaving this plastic "border" on the root ball harm the tree?

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pam
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Aug 27, 2018 7:43 AM CST
Name: Sue
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Most of the roots on a tree are within a few inches of the soil surface, so it depends whether the roots can go under the plastic, if I'm picturing the set up correctly. If the roots don't go under and instead circle around the inside of the plastic then that would not be good. Five inches isn't a lot so it may not be a problem but I would say it would have been better to remove it.
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