Good tree care starts with a healthy tree. Follow these tips and learn how to buy a tree.
What to Look for on Your New Tree . . .
Inspecting your tree upon delivery or at the nursery will help your tree provide a lifetime of benefits.
Bare root tree . . .
Look for abundant root growth, fiberous and numerous small roots, good color and be moist.
Balled and burlapped tree (B&B) . . .
Have a firm soil ball, a with trunk securely tied. Do not accept a plant with a broken “ball”. Do not accept a tree with circling roots at the base of the trunk. Always carry B&B plants by the soil ball, not the trunk, stems or branches.
Container-grown tree (containerized and potted) . . .
Avoid trees that are “root-bound” in the container. Roots can circle around the edge of the container and may become circling roots. (Cut any circling roots when planting.) Because of this, B&B trees are generally preferred for large trees. Always remove container, when planting.
Bare Root Seedlings . . .
Roots should be moist & fibrous. Deciduous seedlings should have roots about equal to stem length.
Balled & Burlapped . . .
Root ball trees should be firm to the touch, especially near the trunk. Rootball should be adequate for the tree's size.
Until new roots grow into the soil of the planting site, water the original root ball area and just beyond this area. The root ball area may dry out faster than the surrounding soil, so check the moisture in this area frequently for the first month or two after planting.
A newly planted tree may take 1-2 years to become established.
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