Is This A Proper Installation?
I just had a Japanese Maple professionally installed. It's about an 8' tall tree if I had to guess. The crew that came did some things that were new to me.
First, when they removed the burlap, they then removed the dirt surrounding the root system. My honest thoughts are that this was done to make it so that the hole they dug wasn't as deep (and it wasn' very...maybe 10").
Second, they then put the tree in the hole and immeadiately started watering it before filling the dirt back in and that was the only time they watered it. This was further stripping the dirt from the root as far as I could tell.
The end result is that it was so shallow, once they were done, you could actually rock the tree side to side by hand with little effort, and the entire base of the tree (roots and all) you can see is lifted up. They then staked it to fix that.
Is this normal? I've never seen this before. Maybe it's completely fine, but it's new to me so I have to ask.