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Girdled root or not?

Joe Williams
last month

Just wondering if this would be considered a girdled root. It's a State Street Miyabe Maple, just planted in October of last year. It was in a 20 gallon container...about 7' tall. Any circling roots were straightened out before planting. However this spring I felt the I wasn't seeing enough root flare so I pulled back a little more soil and noticed it.

I was able to gently dig and follow the root in does extend straight out laterally and never turns back. Is it one that should be cut off or probably ok? Obviously I would wait to cut it in the fall.

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