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28 December,2020

Picking the Perfect Nursery Tree

Picking the Perfect Nursery Tree

Planting a tree is no easy work. Without the right soil, weather, and care, your sapling could die off much sooner than you would like. The hours and energy spent caring for it as it reaches maturity can be costly. That is why many homeowners and property owners choose to purchase a nursery tree instead. But nursery trees are not always perfect. They might be infested with fungus, pests, or diseases. At Southern Star Tree Removal Service, we know that picking the perfect nursery tree takes some thought. This article will go over some tips to making sure your nursery tree is a great pick. Feel free to call us if you have any questions or would like to consult with an ISA-certified arborist.

What to Look for In Your Nursery Tree

Let’s start with a quick overview of what you should look for in your nursery tree:

  • There should be little to no scarring on the trunk.
  • Look for dead branches throughout the crown. You do not want dead branches!
  • Avoid a tree that looks beaten up and limp.
  • No discoloration in the leaves.
  • No holes or bites on the leaves.
  • Keep away from trees with a double trunk!
  • Roots should not be circling the trunk.

Ask About the Conditions of the Planting Site

Every tree species is different and prospers in different conditions. Figure out the conditions of the area intended for the nursery tree. The availability of space, soil nutrition, susceptibility to diseases, and drainage are all relevant factors. You will want to have a solid understanding of your property’s condition as well. It is a good idea to get your soil tested so you can plan your landscaping.

Size and Shape

Research the species of the tree extensively. You do not want to end up having to prematurely remove your tree because your yard does not allow enough space for the tree to thrive. It is crucial to know the full size and shape of the tree and its roots in its maturity. This way you will not plant the tree too close to your foundation, pool, utility poles, or plumbing lines. You will also want to know how much water the tree will want. Invasive tree roots will travel to find water if you do not sufficiently water them yourself. The last thing you want is a tree root penetrating your water line or septic system.

Function of the Tree

What function is your optimal tree going to provide? Are you looking for shade for your deck? Do you want an aesthetic tree to improve your curb appeal? Is soil erosion something you wish to tackle with a tree? Maybe you want some fruits to enjoy during the season. 

Looking for Professional Tree Service?

If you are confused about what nursery tree to pick or if you need help maintaining your trees, then call Southern Star Tree Service. We have ISA-certified arborists who are happy to help. Call now to speak with a friendly professional.


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