A Quick Guide To Spotting Healthy Trees For Sale

3 September 2015
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One of the best ways to not have to remove trees from your property in the future is by purchasing and planting healthy trees to begin with. Here is a quick guide to help you pick out healthy trees based on how they are packaged and presented at the nursery


If you want to start at the beginning and don't mind waiting a couple of years for your trees to really start to grow, you can purchase bare root seedlings at your local nursery. These trees are generally very young and under a foot tall.

In order for the tree to survive, it should have lots of large roots, with plenty of smaller roots branching off the main roots. When you touch the roots, they should feel moist. They should also feel fibrous as well.

Additionally, if you are purchasing a deciduous seedling, the roots should be just about as long as the stem of the tree.

Burlapped & Balled Trees

Many garden centers sell trees whose roots are wrapped up in burlap in a shape similar to a ball. These trees tend to be at least a couple years old and tend to be a couple of feet tall as well.

The root ball should feel firm to the touch; it should not be soft or give in easily when you touch it. You should not be able to see roots circling around the base of the trunk. You also should not purchase a balled and burlapped tree if the ball is broken – the root system of the tree could be compromised. 

Additionally, when you move the tree into your vehicle, make sure that you pick it up and carry it by the ball, not by the branches, stem or trunk. Doing so could cause damage to those parts of the tree since the majority of the weight of the tree will be focused on the ball.

Container Grown Or Potted Trees

The third type of tree that you will find at your local garden center are container grown or potted trees. These types of trees have generally spent their entire lives inside of a container. Like the burplapped and balled trees, potted trees tend to be a larger and more mature.

The biggest thing to pay attention to when looked at a potted tree are the roots. The roots should not be circling around the container; this is called root bound. Although this doesn't mean the tree will not survive, it does mean that you'll have to cut up the roots on your own when you plant the tree in order for them to spread properly.

You also should pay attention to how the tree has been taken care of. It should have lots of branches that are full of leaves and seem to be thriving. It shouldn't have lots of leaves or branches that are yellowing or look discolored in relation to the rest of the tree.

The next time you want to purchase a new tree, use this guide to help you find a healthy tree that will thrive once you plant it. Remember to keep an eye out for healthy root systems; they are the key to your new tree's survival.

For professional tree services, contact a company such as Tree Service by Emile's Landscaping & Tree Service.