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How to loosen roots without digging up tree?

stuartlawrence (7b L.I. NY)
4 years ago
last modified: 4 years ago

Hi, when I was a newbie I was not aware that tree's could be root bound and I planted some as is. Now my Picea Omorika Pendula Bruns is too large to be dug up. It was a B & B that was left in a container too long. The tree puts on healthy new growth each year. After a heavy wet snowstorm last month the tree is slightly tilted back. I'm worried that it will eventually fall over. What would be better without removing the tree. Slicing through the outer root ball with a shovel/spade or digging away the soil all around it and loosening the root ball with a sharp instrument? This would be done in the spring.


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