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Specimen ball-and-burlap trees are popular options for new landscapes and landscapes that are being renovated. Their large size makes it possible to enjoy some "instant gratification" for the homeowner or developer. B&B trees are expensive. They are even more expensive when they are killed due to negligence and human error.

 Ash tree killed by incorrect transplant

The ash tree in this photo was transplanted about 10 years ago, but whoever planted it failed to remove the nylon strapping that was used to lift and move the tree. The strapping slowly girdled the tree, which resulted in the death of the tree. A few cuts with a knife or pruning shears at planting would have prevented this.

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Doug Chapman

Regional Extension Agent


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