Purchasing Trees

Don't waste your time and money on inferior trees. Always plant good-quality trees from reputable nurseries and garden centers.

Buy the right tree for the site

  • Know the tree's future size, shape and overall appearance before purchase.
  • Know the tree's cultural requirements (light, shade, moisture, soil type, etc.).
  • Consult with reputable nursery owners about choosing the right tree for your site.

Look for these qualities

  • Long, vigorous branches on current year's growth, with well developed buds.
  • Pleasing proportion of height to spread. Well developed lateral branches.
  • A straight trunk with an absence of wounds.
  • Firm, moist root ball or container soil.

Transporting and storing trees

  • Keep roots moist.
  • Protect branches from windy rides in open truckbeds.
  • Plant trees as soon as possible after purchase.
  • Lift trees by their containers or root balls to avoid breaking fine roots and to protect trunks.

Tree Reminders

Watch for the reddish orange blooms of the butterfly milkweed along roadsides and in diverse grasslands now through August.

Gray-headed coneflower is a great seed source for quail and good forage for livestock. It blooms now through September.

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