by April Reinhardt
(last updated August 4, 2017)
If you have a green thumb—and even especially if you don't—then you'll probably consider visiting a nursery to purchase plants. There are several types of nurseries:
For home use, you will go to a retail nursery. Choosing a nursery is much the same as choosing a car dealership in that customer service, variety, specialty, and location matter most. Some important things to consider when choosing a nursery are:
If you know what kind of soil you have, then you know what types of plants will thrive in your garden. A good nursery will know your soil type, and suggest plants to make your garden successful. Established nurseries have experienced personnel who can test your soil before allowing you to buy plants that will not grow in your garden. Similarly, a good nursery will ask you where you intend to plant that tree you're buying—either in sun or shade—and then tell you how much sunlight will make the plant grow the best, thus saving you the disappointment of having a tree that won't grow properly.
When choosing a nursery, make sure that you are completely satisfied with the customer service offered. If not, look elsewhere.
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