Yes, day 4. Day 3 was a driving day, 11 hours back to Iowa, so I won’t bore anyone with blurry photos of the northern plains.
However some of the conversation was around Dan Robinson’s “Papoose Wrap”, described by a few of his comrades/students on Bonsai Nut, and in Will Hiltz’ book, Gnarly Branches. Since we had already wrapped the root balls in burlap, and tightly bound them with tape for the ride home, we spent a few hundred miles debating the merit (and risk) of trying a modified version of the papoose wrap, combined with the common nursery practice of planting landscape trees Ball and Burlap (B&B). Last time we potted what we collected out there, we had a sick feeling every time we unwrapped a burlap and the field soil fell away, no doubt, taking precious feeder roots with it. The soil was very sandy and didn’t hold together very well on its own, but drained perfectly.
So, the obvious caveat is that I have no results to share yet…don’t try this at home. We went all-in, 13 trees, 13 B&B heeled into wooden boxes, so I hope it works…I’ll keep you posted, maybe. (Translate: If it works, I’ll never shut up about it, if it doesn’t, you’ll never hear about it again)
Tomorrow, some photos. Hope you and yours are having a nice relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for reading!