Help - Planted Japanese Maple with Hard Soil on Root Ball
We recently planted a A P Tamukeyama. My husband talked to the nursery owner and he said to leave the root ball intact. When we went to plant it I was going to try to loosen it up a bit but the soil was really hard. So we just put it in the ground.
I've been reading here that it's best to take the soil off the roots before you plant it. So now I'm wondering if we should dig it up and try to get it off. I saw some instructions about putting it in a water bath. This soil was really hard and I'm sure it won't be easy to get off.
I've also read here that Japanese Maples don't like you to disturb their roots. It's also getting late in the season.
What do you think we should do?