Clay packed root balls?
Here's the scenario:
You go to the garden center and buy a really nice tree balled in burlap.
You get the tree home and when you go to plant it you realize the tree was grown in clay soil and the root ball is solid, hard packed clay.
What do you do?
Actually this really is no problem at all, and in some cases could be advantageous.
The tree was grown in clay soil.
It's used to clay soil and when a tree is dug many roots are severed in the process.
So the tree is just waiting for the opportunity to replace the roots that it lost.
As soon as you plant the tree it will quickly start putting out new roots establishing itself in it's new home.
The clay inside the root ball will not hinder that process at all and if you have good soil at your house that tree will flourish.
Now, what if the opposite is true?
Let's say that you have clay soil but the tree you bought is in a root ball of nice porous soil.
This is a problem and I'll explain why.
You have clay soil.
When you did a hole in clay soil and fill the hole with water the water drains away very, very slowly.
And the more times the hole gets filled with water the worse the drainage problem becomes.
Now if you plant a tree in hole like that, a tree with porous soil in the root ball, what is going to happen?
During a rainstorm surface water will easily drain through the porous soil in the root ball filling the hole you dug with water.
The water won't drain away very fast at all, and because the root ball is covered with soil very little evaporation will take place.
That means that your new tree is in serious trouble!
To solve this problem when planting in clay soil you should only bury 50% of the root ball, then build a raised bed around the part of the root ball that is above ground.
That will allow the tree to breath, and the raised bed will shed excess water away from the roots of your tree.
Tree roots, like all other plants have to breath.
There is a transfer of oxygen that must take place in order for plants to survive.
Plants that are in wet soggy ground often die from a lack of oxygen to the roots.
The roots literally rot.
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