Identifying Quality Texas Nurseries | Ability Tree Service

Identifying Quality Texas Nurseries

Your trees’ health is important at every stage of its life but trees are especially susceptible to fungi, bacteria, bugs and general non well-being as an infant plant. For this reason and others, it is worth your while to make sure that the nursery you make baby tree purchases from is taking good care of their young wards. When a nursery does its job well, a tree will be ready to accept its new environment eagerly and, with proper after care, will make a successful transition into its permanent soil. This is the ideal situation you, as a home owner and planter of trees can be in. What is certainly not ideal is having to combat bacteria and pests and malnourishment that irresponsibility of nursery operators have brought upon young trees. Early in their life, your trees will need much care and sustenance and consistent watering.

[Tip: Trees that are planted into their forever soil as already somewhat matured or large plants will require more watering than an itty bitty baby sapling will.]

A good nursery will do many things. Some of the most basic and minimum requirements of a quality tree nursery are good to have in your head as a checklist to go down whenever you are tree shopping or are visiting nurseries in your area.

All trees should be labeled clearly and accurately. Trees should be grouped by species, and have individual and unique labels. Knowing what is in a nursery is important for nursery employees for the convenience of their customers. It is also helpful and necessary for these labels to be regularly updated and maintained so that shoppers can be sure to find what they are looking for and not end up planting some crazy kind of tree in their backyard that will negatively affect surrounding plant or animal life.

Trees in nurseries should be almost always, completely free of insects or other pests. Bugs live here, in our world. They may pop up unexpectedly, even in a nursery where precious baby life is protected.  However, for the most part, a nursery should be an insect free zone.  A pest contamination would seriously affect and hinder healthy promotional growth of not only an infested tree but all the trees in the area. Trees should be healthy, in general, and you can tell if a tree is or not by a simple visual inspection.

  1. Look for a main trunk or crown in the tree, that is obviously central and the support of the plant.
  2. Examine the trunk to see that it can hold up the weight of itself without the help of a nursery stake.
  3. Roots should be firmly rooted (of course) in the soil and the upper-most parts of the root should be within one inch above or below soil surface.

If you are working on a project in your backyard or on your property that requires a trip to the nursery and the planting of trees: good luck, and have fun! For questions, suggestions or consultations do not hesitate to call 281-441-417 today!