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Few roots on outside edge of root ball indicate quality

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quality root ball

The media has been partially removed on this 35 gallon container oak exposing roots inside. This high quality root ball has many small diameter roots throughout the ball. There were few roots on the outside edge of the root ball circling around the container. The vertical ridges along the inside wall of the container (see removed panel at left) dramatically reduced the amount of circling compared to a regular plastic container.