Factors To Consider When Purchasing A Mature Tree

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If you want larger trees in your yard that will provide you with shade coverage and that will increase the beauty of your landscape, you should look into purchasing mature trees instead of saplings. Here are a few factors to consider when looking for and purchasing a mature tree for your house.

Pick The Leader Of The Pack

The first thing you need to do is look at all the trees carefully that the nursery is selling. Once you have found the particular type of tree that you want, look at each tree. You are going to want to pick the tree or trees that stand out as being the most developed of the bunch.

Don't go for the scrawny tree that doesn't have that many branches or leaves on it. Go for the tree that stands out as being the largest and most well developed.

Generally, these trees have all been raised together. If you want your tree to thrive, make sure you pick the leader of the pack.

Inspect The Bark

Next, make sure that you really inspect any tree that you are interested in purchasing. The first thing you want to look for is bark that looks vibrant and healthy. The bark should not have any mold or fungus growing on it. The bark should also not be peeling back nor should it fall off when you touch it.

Pay Attention To The Branches

After you examine the bark, you need to pay attention to the branches. To start with, the branches should be evenly spaced around the tree; there should not be a bunch of branches in one area, and none in another area of the tree.

Next, pay attention to the size of the branches in relation to the trunk of the tree. The trunk of the tree should be more developed and thicker than the branches on the tree. The branches should not be wider than the trunk; if they are, your tree may not be able to provide them with the nutrients they need to continue to grow.

Finally, keep an eye out for lower branches. Although these lower branches may eventually fall off the tree, they are important for the development process. They help the tree trunk grow and get larger in diameter. They also provide valuable shade for your tree's roots and help prevent sun damage to your tree.

Look Out For Insects And Diseases!

Finally, you don't want to bring home a tree that is infested with insects. Common signs of insect infestations include the visible presence of insects as well as holes in the leaves where the insects were eating.

You also need to keep an eye out for disease. The tree should have the appropriate colored foliage for the time of year. If the foliage color seems like it is ahead of schedule, the tree may have a disease. Another common sign of a disease is strangely colored spots on the leaves of the tree. If you spot either of these things, be sure to check in with someone at the nursery you are at to make sure the tree is not diseased.

If you want to plant a mature tree in your front yard, make sure you purchase one that is the leader of the pack and has evenly spaced out branches, healthy bark, and is free of insects and diseases. Talk to a tree care company, like Tidd Tree, to learn more.

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