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Wire Baskets – Remove Before Planting?

NYP-Corp Tree Wire BasketsNYP Corp. has proudly served America’s nursery growers with quality burlap, twine, shade clothes,  and wire baskets. Wire baskets are commonly used by many nurseries to support a tree’s root ball. The question that lingers in the minds of many people, however, is whether the basket should be removed when planting, or even whether it should be used at all. Does the basket present harm for the tree? Or would stakes be better to use?

Studies have shown that wire baskets do very little harm, if any, to the tree at all. The baskets are used for a specific purpose, and the benefits far outweigh any negativity that arises.

They are used to support the root ball of a tree, to keep it intact during the entire transportation and planting process. It also distributes the weight evenly and helps provide support for the tree while it becomes established in the ground. With a wire basket, the support is much more secure and stable than with stakes. The basket helps to hold the root ball in the ground until it becomes firmly rooted. To learn the correct way to plant a root ball tree, read our previous blog How to Plant a Burlapped Tree.

Attempts to remove the basket can result in damage to the tree’s root system. Additionally, stakes can present harm to the tree if they are not removed, as often is the case. Unseen stakes and guy wires can also become hazards for mowers or those who might trip on them.

Extensive research has been conducted to determine whether the wire basket presents any harm to the tree. The wire is spaced evenly enough that roots are able to reach through without being impeded. Over time, the roots grow around the wires on either side. It does not appear that the wires present any harm; water flow is not hindered, and roots are both sides receive the essential nutrients.

To ensure the full health of the tree, it is important to get the right basket, both in size and type. There are three main types to choose from. The original NYP basket offers quality manufacturing, featuring galvanized welding ring as well as loop baskets. The NYP/GW wire basket is manufactured right here in the US. Two continuous wires are used in the baskets construction to provide durability and structured support, but without raising costs. A BRAUN partnership with NYP supplies the third basket type with its patented continuous wire design.

Each separate type is available in a wide selection of sizes as well as styles so that there is sure to be a wire tree basket for any given tree. Contact NYP-Corp for locations of burlap manufacturing and distribution sites.

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This entry was posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 8:53 am and is filed under Burlap, NYP-Corp News, Wire Baskets.

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