• Shop around and compare. Consider reputation, years of service, as well as cost.
• Look for the sales and call around. It’s common for nurseries and garden centers to have trees at a discount. Be sure to go during the weekday, it’s often less crowded and you’ll have more time to shop.
• Look for “certified” or “master certified” nursery professionals. This means the business has met the requirements to make sure they’re going to give you the right information about your tree.
• Determine the type of tree you want: one to provide shade; improve aesthetics; a visual screen, etc. Also, be sure you know how much space you have for the roots to grow.
• Ask about professional affiliations, such as the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA). Look for these logos and BBB logo on websites.
• Get details in writing, including price, services, guarantees and warranties. Make sure you understand everything.
If you have any questions regarding nurseries, you can always get help from your BBB, such as a list of BBB Accredited nurseries and Business Reviews on ones you’re considering. Visit www.bbb.org or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.