Q: On the radio, you told a listener they should remove most of the soil the tree has around its roots before planting. You said use only native soil to fill around the roots.
A: You should get a prize for actually listening to the details of the radio show! What you heard is correct. Research shows that removing the planting media and using native soil makes a huge difference in woody plant survival. I wish everyone would try this like I have. I found a great presentation on the process at bit.ly/GArootwash.