I was able to repot a large Blue Atlas Cedar (50 gallon nursery stock) after much guidance from Ryan. Here are some picture of the process. The next 2-3 years I will be focusing on increasing the foliar mass and rebuilding the root structure. Also I was able to reduce the rootball considerably, but still there is a considerable amount of original clay soil left. I will be following Ryan’s suggestion on removing the majority 2-3 years from now. Balance of oxygen and water will be the main priority this year.
Last year right after arriving in the yard. August 2020
Bud break and elongation. Great root formation, prefect timing for repot (April 2021). Worked the top potion first revealing as much nebari first. As Ryan had predicted this was about 40% of the soil mass.
Working the bottom. Used a combination of chopstick and root rake. Clay soil is hard to work with dry.
Final root reduction. Had to saw off a large root to allow the tree to fit in the pot. Luckily didn’t have that many feeder roots on those large roots.