4 Tips for Choosing a Healthy New Tree

Planting new trees on your property is a big project, as well as a long-term investment. Many homeowners don’t know what to look for in a healthy young sapling, so they come to us at Nature’s Select Sandhills. Our experience in tree and shrub care makes us a reliable source for all your tree-related needs. While some trees are more suited for the weather and terrain here in North Carolina, others will struggle if you plant them in the wrong soil. So, here are several helpful tips for choosing a healthy new tree for your property.

4 Tips for Choosing a Healthy New Tree

1. Shop Around

When you’re looking to add the right tree to your landscaping, be sure to shop around at local nurseries, especially those that offer warranties with their shrubs and trees. A warranty that accompanies a sale means the nursery knows how important this investment is, and they take the growth and care of their trees seriously.

2. Look at the Roots

When you’re shopping around at nurseries, you’ll still want to do your own inspections. Perhaps the most important inspection is the root system and how it looks. If you can, lift the small tree out of the potting and check out the roots. If they’re growing in a circle around the root ball in the pot, you’ll want to put it back. Roots that grow like this are less likely to branch out and away from the tree. You want a root system that will branch out and firmly root the tree in the ground.

3. Look for Good Structure

Depending on the species of the tree you’re looking at, you’ll want to inspect the central trunk to make sure it’s straight and in good condition. If you’re looking to add some shade trees to your lawn, then avoid picking out trees that have crooked trunks, as they will not straighten out over time. However, other species of trees grow in different shapes and sizes, so research the species you want before shopping, so you know what to look for in a younger version.

4. Choose a Small Tree

Many homeowners want larger trees when planting a new one, but this isn’t always the most beneficial. Not only will you likely have an unstable root ball that won’t branch out, but you may also have a more stressed-out tree. This is why picking out a smaller tree is the way to go. A small tree is less likely to have that curled-up root system and is more likely to adapt to its new home better than a larger tree. We recommend that you buy trees with trunks no bigger than one to one-and-a-half inches around.

Keep Your Trees Healthy & Happy

When it comes to tree and shrub maintenance, not every homeowner has the time, knowledge, or expertise to deal with diseases and care. That’s why so many residents throughout Sandhills and Pinehurst, NC, turn to the team at Nature’s Select Sandhills. We’ve developed a care package program for every season and are ready to serve you. We can also take care of any lawn diseases, pests, and lawn care needs you may have. Get your free estimate today when you call (910) 757-0359.