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It is best to remove the string and pull back the burlap. It is wise to remove burlap to examine the roots, or to see if there are roots.
I wish I had read your post years ago as I have had so many trees planted in my yard in the last 7 years - 2 dogwoods, 2 maples, 5 cryptomeria, not to mention 8 large holly shrubs.
Dr. Larry Kuhns of Penn State University says: Basket and burlap must be removed. Harris, Clark, & Matheny in Arboriculture, 3rd ed. say: Remove the wire from around the top" of the root ball. Oct 21, The majority of advice falls between the two, i.e. let the root ball intact but remove string, rope, wire baskets and burlap once the tree is safely cute sakura tree gif the ground.
The exception is removing Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. May 02, The tree is dug up from the field, wrapped in burlap, covered in a wire basket, and then the whole thing is tied up to keep it secure.
During that time it prevents roots from growing into the surrounding soil.
Many nurseries will tell you that you do not need to remove the burlap, string and wire – but they at wrong. Many landscape contractors will not remove the material because it is faster to plant by leaving them on the tree but that is the incorrect way to plant the bushlopping.barted Reading Time: 4 mins. May 31, I always remove the burlap. You can leave it on but if any part of it sticks out of the soil, it will wick moisture away from the roots which is the last thing you want with a new shrub or tree.
Better safe than sorry I bushlopping.barted Reading Time: 3 mins. Mar 12, It was a very good idea to protect your arborvitae with burlap for the winter. Young trees are much more susceptible to winter damage since they haven't had time to develop a thick bark.
Even though it has been a mild winter, I would keep the burlap on for a while yet.