Tips & Advice
Do nurseries ship plants and trees?
Yes, many nurseries ship plants and trees, but inter-state shipping regulations are complex and strict, and nurseries must be in compliance regardless of whether that disallows a customer order. Also, even if items are allowed to ship, they might not survive if outside the proper USDA growing zones--in which case a nursery might try to discourage the customer from placing the order.
Which fruit trees are the easiest to care for?
The ease of caring for fruit trees varies according to where you live, but lemon trees and apple trees are widely considered easy to grow. Pear trees are fast-growing but need to be planted alongside another pear variety to bear fruit. Stone fruit trees, especially cherries and plums, are popular in regions with defined seasons and cool winters. In hot/humid regions, banana trees (producing small varieties of banana) and mango trees are known as “fast fruiters” that require little care.
What are Plant Hardiness Zones?
Plant Hardiness Zones are the government-researched standard geographical breakdown of broad climate regions across the United States. The USDA has created a map of the United States, which includes 11 planting zones. This map helps gardeners determine what to plant when, based on accumulated weather data. Factors like soil quality and microclimates are not accounted for in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, and should certainly be taken into consideration as well.
What are annuals and perennials?
Perennial plants and trees grow anew each spring, and are dormant in the winter. Annuals have a lifespan of only one growing season, and need to be replanted each year.
What are evergreen trees?
Evergreen is a term for plants and trees that keep some green foliage year-round. While the term “evergreen” is closely associated with pine trees, many other types of trees are also evergreen, including live oak, blue spruce, eucalypts, and most of the coniferous cousins of pine.
When is the best time to prune trees?
The best time to prune trees is in the late winter. The exception to the rule is trees that bloom in spring. You can prune them just after they bloom. Experts strongly discourage fall pruning, and also recommend double-checking to make sure your tree varieties even need to be pruned.
What are the fastest-growing privacy trees and shrubs?
The fastest-growing privacy trees are Thuja Green Giant of the evergreen trees and Willow Hybrid in the deciduous category. Austree Hybrid Willows are well liked for their flexible branches and thickness of their foliage. Lombardy Poplars also grow quickly, sometimes more than 40 feet, but many experts do not recommend them because they have brittle wood and are prone to disease, thus averaging a short life span. American Holly is popular border hedge. Emerald Arborvitae is another popular shrub used for hedges—it’s in the same family as the Thuja Green Giant, but only grows to 12-15 feet tall.
What are the fastest growing shade trees?
The fastest-growing shade trees include the Royal Empress, Japanese cedar, willow hybrid and hybrid poplar. American Sycamore and Eucalyptus also grow quite fast and are commonly seen throughout regions of the United States. In places where it thrives, weeping willow grows quickly into a distinctive, romantic shade tree.
Maple, white birch, and certain species of cypress grow fast, but plant with caution. Because of certain characteristics, such as shallow root growth or brittle wood, they can have short life spans or sparse growth.
Do nurseries offer delivery and planting services?
Yes, nurseries offer delivery and planting services. The fees for services vary according to nursery and the scope of the project.
Do nurseries offer guarantee on plants?
Most nurseries offer limited guarantees on plant stock. A general guideline is: if plants do not survive after being planted, they are covered for six months to one year. Some nurseries have different return windows for professionally planted plants versus customer-planted. There are often exclusions on certain types of plants and most nurseries only offer replacements and/or store credit.