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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.

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  • Yolanda Says:
    February 18th, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Why does one block of sidewalk not collect newly fallen snow? It is one of two blocks to be replaced and I was told the roots under them will also be removed . All this to be done in the spring. The t ree, a locust, was removed in the fall. I am told a Redbud tree will replace it.This is second time I have had to replace damaged blocks due to roots from the lawn tree. Now I am asking, what is causing a dry block?

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