Potted Too Deep
I bought some 20 gallon Spartan junipers (Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan') that I intend to plant in the fall. These will be part of a privacy screen so they are important to us. They are potted in a course wood chip medium. A tag has the code B&B/#20 which suggests to me that these were balled and burlapped before they were put in the containers. There is no soil ball visible at the surface of the potting mix. I have dug down about 2.5 inches and cannot feel the soil ball. According to our local extension service (and other sources) nurseries repotting trees too deep is one of the most common things that causes trees to slowly decline and eventually die. Should i remove the wood chip medium until I find the top of the soil ball?