Mar 05, 2018

Picking the Perfect Nursery Tree

Planting a tree is a large commitment. It entails more than just the initial cost of purchasing the sapling from your local nursery. You’ll spend many hours and a lot of energy caring for it as it reaches maturity, ensuring its enduring health and wellness. Homeowners who want the most out of their landscaping sometimes get nervous when it’s time to buy a new tree from their local nursery. Many people have suffered the consequence of getting trees that haven’t been cared for properly, that are infested with a fungus or pest that takes over other plants in your yard, or that simply won’t take root in the soil. At 404-CUT-TREE, we understand that success starts with making sure you buy the highest quality tree available. Here are a few suggestions for picking the perfect tree on your next nursery visit.

Conditions of the Planting Site

The first step is to familiarize yourself with the conditions of the area intended for the new tree. Figure out factors that will affect its growth, such as availability of space, hardiness zones, proximity to power lines, soil nutrition and drainage, amount of human traffic, and susceptibility to plant diseases and insect infestations. It’s a good idea to get a soil assessment and consult with a certified arborist when you move into a new home so you can properly plan your landscaping.

Function of the Tree in Your Landscaping

You’ll also want to have a good understanding of what role you want the tree to play in your yard. Are you in need of a shade tree so the kids can play in the backyard without the sun on their faces? Do you want an ornamental tree to enhance your curb appeal? Is your new tree going to be a defense against strong winds? Maybe you want to add a small fruit orchard to your suburban homestead. Once you know what you want to get out of your new tree, you can easily narrow down possibilities and eliminate choices that won’t give you the results you’re looking for.

Size and Form 

Space should also be a major consideration. It’s important to know the full size and form of the tree in its maturity, so you don’t accidentally place the sapling too close to your foundation or swimming pool. You’ll need to avoid power lines, and you’ll want to avoid planting a tree that that may grow branches that will lean over into the neighbor’s yard. Keep in mind that some small to medium varieties of trees can still have thirsty, widely spreading root systems that can cause problems far from the trunk. Do your research beforehand and don’t be afraid to ask questions while at the nursery.

Overall Health

Avoid choosing a sapling that shows signs of illness, poor care, or insect infiltration. Warning signs include yellow leaves, circling roots at the base, powdery mildew, and bore holes. A healthy tree will have a well-developed leader, quality bark and undamaged roots and branches.

Are You Looking for a Quality Tree Care Company in Atlanta, Georgia? Call 404-CUT-TREE

Is it time for you to get help from a qualified arborist or tree service specialist in Atlanta, Georgia? Then call the team at 404-CUT-TREE. Our experienced professionals provide a large variety of residential and commercial services including soil and tree risk assessments, seasonal pruning and trimming, tree removal, and more. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule an appointment with a certified arborist in Atlanta or a surrounding metro area community.