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Planting trees that are too deep in the container

check roots in container grown trees

To check for circling and kinked roots in containers or field-grown trees, you might have to displace or remove soil and media that is above the point where the top-most root emerges from the trunk. Cut or spread out any circling or kinked roots growing up into this media on top. Position the top-most root about even with or slightly above the top of the landscape soil in well-drained soil. Plant even higher in soil that drains poorly.