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Girdling as an expression is used in two ways regarding trees - first is girdling of the trunk deliberately, above ground, often done to kill trees, or inadvertently by leaving ties in place too long; the second is when the roots, or a root, encircle the trunk below ground and gradually strangle it, and that's the form of girdling you're worried about in ...


Well girdling and getting root bound are two different things. Girdling is when the bark is damaged, torn away or constricted so that nutrients can no longer flow. What you are describing is being root bound. In my previous location in Iowa in the Mississippi River Valley we had very clayey soil along with a dolomite hard pan just a few feet down. I ...

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