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Mar 12, If you live in a dry climate, receiving less than 20 inches (50 cm.) of rain a year, remove all burlap before planting. In either case, remove burlap from the top of the root ball to allow water to easily enter.

If you aren’t sure what type of burlap you have, burn a corner. If it burns with a flame then turns to ash, it is natural.

Remove at least the top third of the basket from the root ball.

Any other result means that it isn’t. Planting a Burlap TreeEstimated Reading Time: 3 mins. What You Need to Know About Planting Trees with Wire Cages and Burlap. Burlap and wire cages keep trees intact until they’re safely set in the planting hole.

At that point, you should remove most of the burlap and some of the wire. Do you take the burlap off when planting a tree? Yep! Remove as much as possible. May 02, Lots of nurseries and landscapers will tell you that you do not need to remove the burlap, wire basket and string when you plant a tree - they are dead wrong.

Learn to do it properly and insist your landscaper does it treeleaning.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins. May 31, I always remove the burlap. You can leave it on but if any part of it sticks out of the soil, it will wick moisture away from the roots which is the last thing you want with a new shrub or tree. Better safe than sorry I treeleaning.buzzted Reading Time: 3 mins.