Trees add an exotic beauty to the garden and provide the best respite for tired human eyes. For filling up for the bare spaces in your garden, trees qualify as the most ideal choice. They provide a beautiful landscape to the garden and are productive as well. Apart from providing fruits and flowers, they also offer shady areas to the garden, where you can just lie/sit down in the daytime and relax, while enjoying the beauty of nature. However, before you buy trees, you need to have appropriate knowledge about their characteristics, planting time, and so on. Read on to find tips on buying tress for your garden.
How to Buy Trees
- The first step towards buying trees is to get the basics right. Trees lay the foundation for any garden. They are woody plants and distinct from the ones that have soft-tissues.
- Trees are broadly categorized in to two parts - deciduous and evergreen. While the deciduous trees are those that shed their leaves every year and include oaks, maple and forsythias, evergreen trees are those that have leaves throughout the year. Southern magnolias, camellias, pines, spruces and firs are some evergreen trees.
- Before buying trees, have appropriate knowledge about the climate of the place where you are living in. Different trees thrive in different types of climate.
- Choose only those trees that would grow well in your climate. Consult the experts at the nurseries or a horticulturist. Understand the demands of the trees - the sun exposure, soil, water, etc.
- The best time to shop for trees is early spring or early fall. They are the most suitable buying periods, as they fall just ahead of the two best growing seasons. Falls are the great, but avoid them if your region has extreme cold weather.
- Shop for trees when they are at their growing stage. Blooming or fall foliage provides a fine look to your garden, apart from being the apt phase for buying tress.
- The price of trees would depend on factors such as the availability of the plant, the maturity, difficulty in growing and transportation.
- Healthy trees will have new leaves, vigorous growth, no dried leaves, compact shape and no branches. Pick the ones that show such characteristics.
- It becomes very important to have a look at the trees inside out. Roots are perennial for growth. Check the roots to ensure that they are not constricted, as they hamper growth. Telltale roots encourage growth.
- Shop for balled and bur lapped trees in spring and summer time. They are grown in field nursery rows, dug with soil intact, wrapped with burlap, and tied with twine.
- You can even go for bare-root trees during winters or early spring. They are cheap on pocket as well. Bare-root trees are small, only 2 or 3 feet high, and the roots, stripped of soil, are protected in moist wood chips or sawdust and packed in a plastic bag.
- While buying bare root trees, make sure that they don't have any broken branches. Keep keen notice that the branches do not form X and rub against each other. At the same time, do not buy bare root plants whose leaves are falling out.