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I am planting a large (3.5 caliper) crabapple tree. The root

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I am planting a large (3.5" caliper) crabapple tree. The root ball has a heavy gage wire basket woven into the dirt. The spaces between the wires form openings that are roughly 10 inches square. Do I need to remove the wire before planting the tree? Doing so will greatly disturb the dirt around the root ball.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
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Expert:  Kim D. replied 6 years ago.

Certainly not. You are correct. I would not suggest removing the wire basket at this point. I would proceed with planting the tree. The basket is now giving stability to the trunk and its roots. Any major disruption would be harmful.


Best wishes, Dori


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