Root Manipulation

    Exceptional landscape trees always begin with the roots. Starting with propagation and continuing through the production process, root manipulation in container grown plants is essential to superior performance in the landscape.

    We begin to implement a variety of root pruning techniques in the very beginning, at the liner stage, and continue all the way through to a finished container tree  We mechanically root prune all container liners during our canning process and check for and remove any potentially girdling roots or undesirable root defects.  We slice down the sides and bottom of the root ball several inches in 4 to 6 places to ensure that any circling roots are pruned. This is done each time a tree is transplanted, or shifted to the next container size.  Our large container trees generally go through 3 to 5 shifts by the time they mature to market ready specifications.