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b&b, balled and burlapped tree, planting, landscaping

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ExEx 6020


A common means of transplanting trees, particularly 1- to 3-inch caliper (the trunk diameter measured 6 inches above the ground) trees is balled and burlapped (B&B). B&B trees are harvested with the original soil around the base kept intact. This soil ball is held in place with burlap and twine. A wire basket may be used to confine the burlap on larger trees. B&B trees are an excellent way to obtain trees that are large enough to provide a visual impact, yet small enough for homeowners to plant themselves.