We bought a 6 foot ginkgo tree from a nearby nursery in a 15 inch wide by12 inch high pot. We used our fingers to work our way through the top of the root ball to find a area of root flare. Instead, just below the surface and a couple of inches out from the main trunk, we came across a elasticized netting (not sure of the material.) We dug around all sides of the root ball and it seems that this netting is completely imbedded and surrounds (sides and bottom) the inner area of the root ball. The root ball now extending out a couple of inches from the netted area. The netting does not look like it is disintegrating over time. We can not remove this netting as it is firmly and deeply imbedded inside the current root ball. There are no large roots visible in the areas we have so far exposed (exterior to the netting), only thin roots like what is shown in the photo.
Is anyone familiar with this netting material and do you think that it is going to be a problem for the health of the tree which will be planted in the ground?
Also, there is a V shaped section on the trunk near the soil line. Is this a graft or an injury? There are no large roots coming out directly below this area, only many thin roots and some suckers which have been cut off…
The photo below shows the V section I am referring to as well as the netting. Thanks for any help.