PIN IT!Increasingly, urban gardeners are creating the space to plant a tree. If you want a tree for your town garden, here are a few buying tips.
Buy from the right place
The most important tip is to buy from an actual specialist tree nursery. They produce strong, disease-free trees, which are far more likely to grow to maturity. You can find out more about the type of firm you should be looking for by clicking the link. In most parts of the country, you will find this type of specialist tree grower.
Buy the right type
A good tree nursery will give you advice as well as sell you a tree and everything you need to take care of it. However, here are a few things you need to bear in mind.
Your climate and soil type
Trees are big organisms, so they need the right conditions in order to grow well. You need to find out what type of soil you have. This article tells you how to do that. It is usually best to test the soil in the area you are planning to plant the tree. This is because in some gardens there can be a bit of variation.
You also need to work out what type of climate you have. There are plenty of local gardening blogs out there, so you can tap into their expertise and ask on a forum.
How much space you have
We all know that trees are big, but most of us have no idea of how big each variety can become. You really do need to find out before you buy. The last thing you want is to have to chop your lovely tree down a couple of decades down the line because it is too big. Not to mention the fact that in some places chopping down mature trees is prohibited. Meaning that potentially you could have no choice but to keep that huge tree that is blocking your neighbors light and is located too close to your house.
In an urban setting, you need to consider the impact you tree will have on your neighbors once fully mature. Plus, you must not buy varieties that have a big root ball that can damage pipework.
Both puppies and trees are for life, so when buying one look at it from that point of view. It really is wise to take the time to do some research before you buy.
When it comes to trees very little maintenance is needed. But, there is always some. You need to bear this in mind.
If you choose a deciduous variety you will need to clear up the leaves every year. The leaves from most trees make great mulch or compost. But, you will be surprised by how much work clearing leaves creates.
Plus, virtually all trees have to be trimmed every once in a while. If you buy a variety that grows into a very large tree in all likelihood you will need to call in tree surgeon every few years to do the work. This is surprisingly expensive, so considering how much maintenance your tree will need is very important.