How to Purchase Seedlings for Tree Planting


Planting a tree in your yard or landscape involves the large decision of what kind of seedling to buy. Trees are not a temporary landscape fixture; they may outlive you, the house you live in and all the other plants in the yard. Seedlings can be used to rejuvenate damaged forest areas that have not started new seedlings by natural process or to decorate the yard. Tree saplings are expensive, and require a lot of thought before purchase.

Step 1

Measure out the area you have to grow the tree in. Consider the final size of the tree, recommends the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a tree grows, it may completely shade the house or destroy other plants in the area.

Step 2

Consider obstructions in the area when considering the size of the tree, suggests the government of Maryland. Overhead electrical wires, roadways near the yard and underground utilities are to be considered.

Step 3

Decide on the variety of tree and find out the correct planting season. Seedlings are lifted from the ground during their dormant period in the winter and stored in coolers until planting time, says the Oregon State University Extension.

Step 4

Contact your local tree nursery to get a list of the varieties that grow well in your area suggests the USDA. Certain mail order saplings may not survive well in your area. It is best, in the end, to order a tree from your local nursery.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape


  • Maryland Government - Marylanders Plant Trees: Choose a Tree
  • Oregon State University Extension: The Care and Planting of Tree Seedlings on Your Woodland
  • USDA: Tree Planting
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