W.S. Yoe Nurseries | Choosing Plants
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Types of Plants in Our Nursery

As you walk through the nursery, you’ll discover that plants are available in three forms: balled-and-burlapped (typically bigger trees and shrubs with burlap wrapped around the root balls), bare-root (usually hedge plants and roses), and in containers (annuals, perennials, and smaller shrubs and trees).

Bare-root stock is dug from the fields during its dormant season (late fall to very early spring) and placed in cold storage. Because there is no dirt surrounding the root system, bare-root trees and shrubs are light and easy to transport (as well as transplant), and they may cost less than either container-grown or balled-and-burlapped plants.

Container-grown stock starts life in a container. As the plant gets larger, the grower transplants it to larger containers. The more years spent in containers, the more time and money the grower has spent on the plant, which explains why some container-grown plants can be expensive.

How to Select

If you want to know whether a tree will grow too tall for your yard, here’s a quick rule of thumb: To keep trees in scale with a house, they should be no more than one-fourth to one-third taller than the roof. If you have a ranch house or other one-story design (with a height of 12 to 15 feet), the mature height of trees planted nearby should be no more than 15 to 20 feet. A two-story house (with a height of 18 to 22 feet), however, can handle taller trees, about 22 to 30 feet at maturity. Plant the taller trees you desire on the periphery of your yard, where they will not overpower your house.


You’ve selected your plants and paid for them. Now how will you get them home? If you’ve purchased large trees, it’s best to have the nursery deliver them, we do this for a living why risk ruining your vehicle.

However, if you are hauling your own plants home, make sure you bring along a tarp and rope to cover them. Wind damage to plants even if you only drive a few miles home at a very slow pace.