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Roots too deep in the root ball

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Trees can perform poorly in the landscape if the point where the top-most root emerges from the trunk is too deep in the root ball. Trees may grow fine in the nursery because soil aeration is adequate but can struggle when planted in the landscape because of poorer soil aeration. Click through the photographs below to gain an understanding of appropriate root depth in the root ball.

good vs poor quality root ball illustration

field grown roots

field grown

container grown roots

container grown