I transplaned my trees with the burlap and wire cage still on, should I dig up and remove it?

I Live in Keenesburg,CO.I just transplanted several Austrian Pines about 8' tall, purchased from the nursery. We were told to fill the hole with water, put in a bag of fertilizer (for transplanting trees) and put the tree in the ground and cover. They have been in the ground for one week and look good. Now I have been told that we should have removed the burlap and wire basket and not added fertilizer to the soil. Should I dig them back up and remove the wire. Also how much water do they need
Submitted by Lori1313

Hi So sorry we didn't get back to you right away. Our system for editors to answer questions were down for a month. I generally recommend taking all that material off the root ball, but since these trees are already established, they'll probably be fine.

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Here on Lookout Mtn., Golden, CO, our Austrians are doing well, and I don't think the wire and burlap will bother yours. Water them well until they get a good root system going. Another good recommendation for CO is the Concolor Fir. I planted them at 8' and they are huge, soft-needled as opposed to Blue Spruce, beautiful, good wildlife cover, and don't require water after being established. They are excellent privacy shelters, too. Jean
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