A few years ago a really bad blowdown in northern Minnesota caused Jon Goecke and his neighbors to lose a lot of the red pine trees in their backyards. Even though it was late in the year they both decided to replace the trees.
Jon ordered 14 eight foot trees, but when they arrived they were 12-14 feet tall with a 48″ rootball that was way too small. So, Jon put REV around the edge of the rootball and hoped for the best. His neighbor just put his new trees into the ground.
By the end of the season Jon’s red pines showed no sign of transplant shock and became thick, green, and lush. By the next spring, they had nine inch candles. His neighbor’s trees suffered a great deal of shock, lost most of their interior needles, and were spindly in comparison.