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How to Pick a Tree to Plant

By Edited Mar 11, 2016 1 4

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With over 20,000 varieties of trees to pick from, what do you choose? Trees come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, it is hard to pin down the perfect tree. So what are you to do? Do you want something that is aesthetically pleasing, or do you need this apparatus to provide a function such as food or shade. Whatever your reason may be, there is a tremendous variety on the market, and once you decide on the right shape, color, size growth habits, function, and culture requirements, then you will find the perfect tree.

What do you want from the tree? Are you searching for beauty? Do you need to protected yourself from the wind and the sun? Is it purely placed for a landscaping fix? Do you want color in the fall? Are you biased by a fond memory? With everything on the market, and the ease of accessibility these days, your choices are limited only by your imagination. So once you have decided the need for this specimen, all that is left is the purchase, the planting, and the pleasure that you will derive from your decision.. So choose wisely and carefully, because it take a while for trees to grow, so you will have to live with your choices for a long time to come.

Once you pick a tree, you need to know your tree. What kind of lighting does it prefer? What kind of soil? Does it like cold, heat, or wind? What kinds of pest attack it, what kind of disease will it endure? These are all important questions you should ask yourself before you go out and purchase that perfect tree.

Another important factor that you should consider before purchasing your tree is the size and location. Well if it reaches up into the power lines it will not be very pretty, because it will be cut back to allow for this necessity. What about the root size which will reach about 3 times the size of its canopy? Those roots can intrude on your water pipes, septic tank, and driveway, walkways, and adjacent plants. Some plants and ground covers can not compete with a large tree’s need for nutrients.

When buying your tree, bigger is not always better. Pick a smaller, younger tree with a sturdy trunk and healthy branches. Younger trees are generally cheaper, easier to handle, and transplant better than older trees. Look for leaf spots or any type of disease and make sure that is pest free. When selecting your species try to stay away from female trees because not so nice habits. The flower from a popular can cause allergies, and some female versions of trees can produce foul-smelling



Oct 9, 2010 9:37am
Just a tip on planting trees when they are under a few feet tall, deer will eat the top out of them and basicaly ruin the tree. Consider some type of netting or protection until the tree is bigger. Good article.
Oct 11, 2010 12:12pm
Good points! We need to remember when buying trees that they are cute when they are small, but you must picture it at full growth to determine if the tree is right for your yard. Thanks for sharing.
Oct 15, 2010 10:19am
Landscaping can be a challenge and it is very important what tree you pick and where you plant it great article.
Feb 8, 2011 5:41am
All of you make great points. Thanks for your input.
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