Believe it or not, we are quickly approaching fall which is a busy season for tree nurseries. Tree seedlings are typically planted during the late summer or early fall. Tree planting occurs during the spring and fall. You have the summer soon to grow accustomed to caring for your existing trees, we suggest taking advantage of the season and choosing an new option (or two) for your landscape. Below is some helpful information on tree nurseries and points to keep on mind as you review your options.
If you’re new to purchasing from nursery, the American Nursery and Landscape Associate issued the American Standard for Nursery Stock in 2004. This booklet is a valuable resource for navigating the terms associated with many types of plants. There are many factors that go into the site of a plant nursery including:
- Soil type and surface shape
- Quality and amount of water necessary
- Access to resources and communities
Nurseries are optimal spots to propagate (reproduce) and grow trees to a manageable size, due to their level of detail in maintenance. The soil and water levels will be kept appropriate to the needs of the plants. In most cases, nurseries are able to provide the necessary care to growing a healthy sapling that is ready to be transplanted to a new yard.
Choosing to add trees to your home’s landscape is an excellent choice and enhances the value of your property and well-being. The commitment of the purchase and the care of the new tree are minimal compared to its benefits. When making your selection, be sure to review:
- Root structure: Select a root structure that flares from the bottom of the trunk and is not tangled or weak.
- Healthy foliage and branches: Avoid purchasing trees with weak or dead leaves or branches.
- Free of stress such as pests or injury: Examine the tree for signs of pests or injury. You may want to inform the nursery staff if you see signs of pests, as it could be part of a larger, unknown issue.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of choices available at tree nurseries. We encourage you to ask the available staff any questions you may have about the trees you are considering. These questions might include:
- What type of soil does this tree flourish in?
- My soil has high levels of X, how will this affect the tree’s growing process?
- At maturity, what will be the tree’s size?
- How much room will the tree’s root system need?
- How much sunlight will the tree require?
Some nurseries have warranties on their plants, so look into that option as well. It’s important to know if a tree is right for your landscape and being informed will add a great deal of confidence to your purchase.