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Buying High-Quality Trees

When you buy a high-quality tree, plant it correctly, and treat it properly, you and your tree will benefit greatly in many ways for many years.

When you buy a low-quality tree, you and your tree will have many costly problems even if you take great care in planting and maintenance.

What Determines Tree Quality?

A high-quality tree has

  • enough sound roots to support healthy growth.
  • a trunk free of mechanical wounds and wounds from incorrect pruning.
  • a strong form with well-spaced, firmly attached branches.

A low-quality tree has

  • crushed or circling roots in a small root ball or small container.
  • a trunk with wounds from mechanical impacts or incorrect pruning.
  • a weak form in which multiple stems squeeze against each other or branches squeeze against the trunk.

Any of these problems alon...

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