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Removal of burlap from B & B trees WHY??????

When planting B &B trees I have come across the instructions in reputable aboriculture books, etc. which recommend removing at least the top half of burlap from the ball.  I can not find the reason WHY.  Yes, I assume that it helps the roots get started into the surrounding soil more quickly than if the burlap was left on---BUT--I can find no research (including the ISA of which I am a member) that tells WHY or IF this is important.   Does anyone have experience that would inform me?  Thank…

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The Cost of Not Maintaining Trees Symposium - March 18 & 19 2015

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Florida Urban Forestry Council (FUFC), and Florida Chapter - ISA (FL-ISA) together with our sponsors, will host two full days of talks, featuring some of the world’s leading experts in the fields of arboriculture, urban forestry, and utility vegetation management. The Costs of Not Maintaining Trees Symposium will explore the value trees provide as part of urban green infrastructure, attempt to quantify the costs associated with poor urban forest…

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