Find That Root Flare

Acer p.d. 'Tamuke yama' 

Acer p.d. 'Tamuke yama' 

Here's a really good example of a buried root flare. This is how a great deal of plants arrive from the nursery or grower. Inspection at time of installation is key!

 

 ...almost 6" removed off the top of rootball

 ...almost 6" removed off the top of rootball

The Wire Basket...

The wire basket and burlap should be removed whenever possible!!!  Yes i used three exclamation points.  There are several reasons to get the basket off.  It is not a difficult task and doesn't take much more time when planting a tree. There are a few simple steps that I would be willing to share with anyone who asks.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides being de-bagged before planting.  Lowest section of basket has already been removed and Dave is cutting the burlap wad off the bottom.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides being de-bagged before planting.  Lowest section of basket has already been removed and Dave is cutting the burlap wad off the bottom.

Horticultural Atrocities

I always come across bad practices and poor workmanship.  This blog will be ongoing and images will be a big part of this.  Out of respect, I will not name or display the name of any other company related to a post.  

Strap vs. Trunk...  Sadly, the strap won.   So the information i have is that a strap was used during the installation process. Straps are for balls! I estimate this to be about a 3000 dollar mistake. Heartbreaking to see this dogwood permanently damaged. 

Strap vs. Trunk...

Sadly, the strap won.

So the information i have is that a strap was used during the installation process. Straps are for balls! I estimate this to be about a 3000 dollar mistake. Heartbreaking to see this dogwood permanently damaged. 

This happens when twine is left on the trunk too long.

Twine beginning to bite into the trunk. Discovered and removed during planting.