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ROOT CONTROL BAGS - Digging Trees without a Tree Spade

Trees or shrubs are planted into the Root Control bag. As the roots of the plant grow, they hit the fuzzy inside fabric of the bag. Importantly, roots do not circle on the fabric as they do against plastic. Instead, the root is caught by the fuzzy inner surface of the material The root penetrates the fabric. The tough fabric, however, presents the root from expanding. The root is choked by the fabric, the root tip looses its apical dominance and lateral root branching, or pruning, occurs inside the bag. 

Root pruning is important to the health of a transplanted plant. A high quality plant saves you money. With the Root Control bag, approximately 80% of the root structure is harvested with the plant. By contrast, a recent study at Michigan State University showed that up to 98% of a treešs root structure can be cut away with normal digging procedures. 

Water and nutrient absorption occurs normally both inside and outside the bag at the root tips. Water and nutrients are transferred up through the center of the root, the xylem. Remember, the fabric bag is porous. Moisture and nutrients pass freely into and out of the bag. 

Carbohydrates manufactured in the leaves travel down the outer cambium layer of the plant, the phloem. This carbohydrate flow is stopped or greatly restricted by the fabric. A build up of carbohydrates ensues within the root system inside the bag. Many roots will swell on the inside and outside of the bag and a natural callusing occurs at the bag surface. Root primordia form with the callous, assuring rapid root regeneration at transplanting. 

When the tree is transplanted, REMOVE THE BAG. Water the plant. Because of the fibrous feeder root development, the carbohydrate build up, and the root callusing, new root regeneration is almost immediate. Expect a greatly expanded harvesting season, superior transplanting success and top growth the season following transplanting. 

The bottom of the Root Control Bag is polyethylene laminated onto polypropylene fabric. This laminated plastic bottom assures that all root growth is lateral through the fabric. All roots hitting the plastic bottom are diverted into the fabric side. Easy digging is then assured. Because the plastic bottom forms no attachment to the roots. bag removal is easy. 

The bottom of the Root Control Bag is applied by a hot melt glue process. The glue process leaves no sewn seam through which a root can escape. The superior fabric, the glue process and the years of testing make the Root Control Bag the best growing system available.


                                  Japanese Birch in 18" bags are safely dug in full growth in June.

  Plant Type
Plant Type Age Size Quanity / Price
Rootbags 10"
  14" sleeve
  16" sleeve
  18" sleeve