Selecting a healthy tree

For many people, choosing a healthy tree is purely by luck as they do not know what to look for in healthy trees. Selecting healthy trees though very enjoyable is not as easy as it presumed to be, especially for people who are new to handling and dealing with trees. When selecting a tree, it is important to be as careful as possible so that you can identify the best and healthy tree that will grow normally without any diseases or other defects. Here are some of the things you should consider when selecting healthy trees:

Consider the leaves 
Leaves indicate the overall health of a tree. It is very easy to determine how healthy and well-nurtured a tree is by looking at the leaves. This is because signs of tree diseases or poor growth readily manifest themselves the leaves. When selecting trees, ensure that the leaves are not undersized, do not have any evidence of pests or insects on the surface, and are not falling off.

Check whether the tree is pot bound 

When trees are left to grow in pots and other containers for too long, they become stunted in their growth. Pot bound trees may not recover from their stunted growth and as such may not reach their full growth potential. Indications of pot-bound growth in trees include roots growing upwards on the surface of the soil, weeds growing in the pot which is an indication that the tree has been in the pot for too long, and roots growing through the drainage holes at the pot’s bottom.

Selecting a healthy tree

Examine the stem and branches 
In a healthy tree, only one main stem or trunk should be present and there should be no direct damage to any part of the stem or branches. Some clear indications of an unhealthy tree include breakage or any other form of damage to the stem. You need not worry about broken and dry twigs as these can be removed by pruning.

After selecting a good healthy tree, it is important that you inquire from the nursery staff on the best ways to take care of trees and prevent disease attack. These people are very knowledgeable on how to handle trees and as such, can provide resourceful information on taking care of trees. It is also important to ask for recommendations on the best fertilisers and manure to use for optimum growth in the trees.

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