Remove the Burlap and Place the Root Ball in the Hole
Carefully unwrap the burlap and lift the plant's root ball gently into the planting hole. If the root ball is crumbly, lift the plant using the burlap. If the burlap is made from jute, a natural fiber, you can leave it in place in the planting hole, as it will eventually rot. Tuck it down around the sides of the root ball or cut the excess away with scissors so the roots can grow freely. Synthetic burlap must be removed at planting time because it doesn't rot and would prevent the free growth of the roots. Remove any extraneous string or wire.
In areas with windy conditions, it may be necessary to stake a tree or shrub. This helps the plant to stay upright in the ground until the roots have a chance to establish. Check back periodically to keep the secure string from choking the plant. Ultimately when the plant has established its roots, the stake supports can be removed.