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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 30, Issue 4 — July 2004

Wire Baskets-Current Products and Their Handling at Planting    (View PDF)

Bonnie Appleton and Scharlene A. Floyd

Abstract: When field-dug, balled-and-burlapped trees are planted to the landscape, several options exist relative to wire basket modification or alteration. New wire basket alteration research has been initiated due to considerable controversy that surrounds some of the alteration options, and to limited prior research specifically addressing this issue. To guide this research, and to determine what currently occurs in the tree care industry, surveys of manufacturers of wire baskets, and of landscape contractors and arborists who plant trees, were conducted. Summaries of those surveys are presented.

Keywords: Balled-and-burlapped; galvanized; hydraulic diggers; machine-dug; mechanical harvest; nongalvanized; nursery production; root protection; transplanting

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