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Old 03-06-2012, 08:41 AM
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I was on another blog and this subject came up. Someone had a 5 year old house and his tree died. When he dug it up he found that they just simply dropped the entire plastic wrapped ball into the hole and covered it. I've had a lot of experience with new houses in DFW and offer this suggestion: Some trees' root balls are tied together using nylon string or metal wire. They tie it around the trunk and root ball. The workers who plant them don't give a crap about the tree and fail to remove the string or wire. As the tree grows and the trunk expands, the tree gets strangled to death. I've found this on many trees on the new homes I've bought in the DFW area for the last 20+ years. All you have to do is carefully dig down about 5 inches using a small tool next to the trunk and you'll know if you have this issue.

Maybe I might have saved at least one tree by posting this?
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:48 AM
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over 20 yrs ago we bought new home in Bedford area with the required two trees in front yard
one of them did fairly well although not as well as our neighbors' who had different builder and likely different landscapers

when one of the trees died a year afterwards we dug it up and found it was still planted in a CAN--
vs a plastic-wrapped root ball...
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