Can you believe not everyone agrees with whether a person should remove or not remove materials (e.g., wire basket and burlap) that hold a soil root ball together? To dig into this question, we used multiple study locations to test how trees respond to full, partial, and no removal of packaging materials. Interestingly, tree survival and growth were excellent regardless of removal treatment. Trees were also pulled to failure with similar outcomes regardless of treatment. The ramifications of study results will be put in context with key aspects of tree planting and establishment practices.