Around the Yard
What to Look for When Choosing a Tree for Your Yard
By: Danny Lipford
When selecting a tree for your yard from a nursery there are several important factors to consider, including:
- Branching Structure: Look for a tree with one main trunk and branches that do not cross each other.
- Root Structure: The tree should have a solid base in the container. If it rocks back and forth in the pot, the tree probably has poor root structure which can lead to problems later in life.
- Girdling Roots: These are roots that grow above the soil in the pot and wrap around the trunk of the tree. A young tree with girdling roots will probably continue to develop more after it is planted. If left alone, girdling roots may eventually kill the tree.
Watch this video to find out more.
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