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4 Things To Consider Before Buying A Tree

by Martha Reed

Trees are great. You can add them to your yard to provide some shade, add some colour, prevent erosion and get many other benefits. A visit to a wholesale tree nursery will give you a whole lot of options to choose from. How do you decide the type of tree to choose? If you're picking more than one, do you pick the same species or a variety? You also need to consider how the tree will take after you have transplanted it to your yard. To determine the suitability of a tree, there are a few things you need to consider before making the decision. Continue reading for 4 important things to consider before buying a tree.


First, you have to ask yourself why you want the tree or trees. Do you want a tree to add some colour to your garden or are you looking for shade? Some even get trees to build swings for their kids or for their kids to play around. Either way, knowing the purpose will help you determine the species and size of the tree to get. For example, if you want to add a tree for shade, you can consult the wholesale tree nursery attendant on the best perennial tree with a lot of foliage. 


Size is an important consideration. If you're planting the tree next to your home or some utility lines, you need to ensure you get a tree that doesn't pose a risk of falling branches. This can damage your property or interrupt utility lines. Having this information beforehand will help narrow down your list significantly. For instance, some trees have roots that spread very wide. Such a tree may be risky when planted near your home since the roots run the risk of compromising your home's foundation. 

Soil Type

The type of soil in your garden will also determine the success of the tree planting session. Find out what type of soil your preferred tree thrives in and ensure it's a match. Consult your landscaper on the type of soil in your garden and get any recommendations they may have on choosing the best tree. For instance, if you get a tree that prefers well-draining soil and the soil in your garden has a low draining capacity, the excess water might cause the tree to die. 

Maintenance and Care

Some trees are high maintenance while some are low maintenance. Before you make the decision, you need to consider how much time you have to care for the tree or hire a landscaper to take care of your entire garden. For example, some trees will require watering twice a day, mulching or regular pruning. However, you should remember that all trees require special care during the first few months of transplanting.

Before you take a bunch of trees home, ensure you have considered these factors. These factors will give the trees you take home the best chance of survival. For more information, contact a local wholesale tree nursery.