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Abiotic Problems - Quality "Roots"

One of the ways to avoid long-term root problems is to purchase plants with quality root systems. Avoid pot-bound, root encircling containerized plants. Make sure balled and burlapped trees have large enough soil balls, are solid, and the branch roots are at the soil surface.

encircling roots
avoid stem girdling roots
straighten encircled roots
encircled roots
surrounded by concrete sidewalk
surrounded by concrete sidewalk
larger sidewalk plantings
crowded planting
Spruce: excessive elevation
Spruce: proper elevation

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Last modified on March 06, 2013