compacted soil in container
I had two pussy willows that I started from branches about 20 years ago that grew into huge wild bush like shrubs. They looked awful. Today I finally had to euthanize them since they were beyond pruning into a reasonable specimen and could no longer grow in any attractive manner having used every inch of container space. They were each in 30" wooden whiskey barrels.
We cut them back with a saws-all, and removed all evidence of wood growth above the soil...but the
soil is so hard with root and compacted dirt that it can't be penetrated and removed from the container.
Any suggestions on what method might make the removal of the soil possible would be greatly appreciated.