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Case history - 13
Root ball after removing from pot  
As can be seen from these photos the root ball is pretty solid. The trenching process did not need to extend right to the bottom of the pot to release the tree as can be seen from the “stepped out foot” appearance of the root ball. The mesh over the drainage holes was also well embedded in the base of the root ball.
Roots after removal of soil  
Using a root hook the root ball was carefully teased open so that the roots are now extending straight out.  
Using a hose to clean the roots   View of the rootball
  The root ball was washed with a hose jet to clean out a lot of the old compost in conjunction with a root hook and the roots then pruned back.
The pot has been cleaned out, new mesh wired into the drainage holes, new tying in wires provided and the bottom of the pot has had a drainage layer comprising of large particle (after sieving) Akadama and horticultural grit added.  
Compost added to pot   Potting media being added to the pot

A layer of the actual compost mix was then added to the pot, this comprised of:
1 part John Inns No.2
1 part moss peat
1 part composted (orchid fine grade) bark
2 parts medium sieved horticultural grit
2 parts medium sieved Akadama.
Some bone meal and trace element frit was added to this mix.
The tree was then placed in the pot and wire tied into position and new compost worked in between the root ball and pot to complete the re-potting.

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