"Growing trees is as much an art as it is a science." - Becky Thomas
"When you plant a tree, you plant a legacy," - Pepper Provanzano
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What a great season for tree planting we had this year in the nursery! Throughout the last few weeks we were able to get a new crop planted into the nursery for the future. The liners looked beautiful & the weather cooperated well for us. Our crews worked hard and did a great job. Our son Joey even recruited some of his varsity basketball team to spend their spring break in the nursery!

Some new varieties we are excited to be trying out this spring are Spaeth’s Alder, Emerald Avenue Pyramidal Hornbeam, Fire King American Hornbeam, Heartland Catalpa, Red Fox Katsuratree, True North Kentucky Coffeetree, Sparkling Sprite Crababpple… just to name a few.

We would like to thank our liner growers who we value as partners in our business. We planted great liners from J. Frank Schmidt Nursery, Carlton Plants,  Robinson Nursery and Kuenzi Turf & Nursery.

Please enjoy our new planting video of scenes from the field during planting. Now we are ready for some sunshine & rain!

Tune Credits “Running Down a Dream” Tom Petty

Our 2018 Catalogs have arrived! They will be hitting mailboxes soon so if you are not on our mailing list & wish to be, please send us your contact info.  We are always happy to get you the information & trees that you need in whatever way is most convenient for you!

Our monthly email availability is another great way to stay current with our availability. You can sign up for that on our website or click here: http://springgrovenursery.com/sign-up-for-our-newsletter/

You will notice that many trees have already sold out for this spring. We still have thousands to choose from so don’t worry! If you know of projects coming up this season, send us your list & we will do our best to fill your order. If you can be flexible with size or variety substitutions, than we can surely find the perfect tree for any project!

Another great resource is the Ornamental Grower’s Association Plant Locator. We are proud members of the OGA which has an online version of the Plant Locator here: http://www.ogaoni.com/Plant_Locator

And finally, we invite you to grow with us and follow our trees on Facebook & Instagram:

@springgrovenursery on Instagram or SGNTREES on Facebook

We look forward to working with all our customers again this spring!

SGN 2018 Catalog

We have some fantastic fresh new trees in the field this spring! Some of the new varieties that we will be digging this spring are:  Heritage River Birch, Turkish Filbert, Worplesdon Sweetgum, Slender Silhouette Sweetgum, White Shield Osage Orange, Ruby Vase Parrotia, Pink Flair Cherry, Scarlet Letter Oak and Jack Pear.

We also have a great new crop of liners to plant this spring. Some new varieties we are excited to be trying out are Spaeth’s Alder, Emerald Avenue Pyramidal Hornbeam, Fire King American Hornbeam, Heartland Catalpa, Red Fox Katsuratree, True North Kentucky Coffeetree, Sparkling Sprite Crababpple… just to name a few.

Supply is tight this season due to increased demand in the market. But don’t worry – we still have a great supply of trees available yet this spring! We will also be planting a full crop into the field as we have continued to do every year. Our consistent planting schedule over the years insures our customers that we can supply their tree needs each season. With greater demand however, early ordering & long range planning will be a good way to make sure we have the trees ready in the season you need them.

We look forward to working with all of our customers to grow excellent quality trees for many years to come!

New Trees for Spring

We recently attended the Iowa State Shade Tree Short Course and were treated to some excellent educational opportunities. One of our favorite presentations was by Guy Meacham from J. Frank Schmidt Nursery. Guy is the New Plant Development Manager for the nursery, and he shared some of the recent new introductions to come out of the nursery breeding & selection program. We have been planting J. Frank Schmidt nursery liners since the beginning of our nursery, and we are always excited to try new varieties. 

Guy shared how the plant breeding and selection process takes many years – sometimes over 20 – to find and select a new tree variety. Through careful observation in the landscape and breeding methods in the nursery, superior specimens are chosen for particular traits. The end result is often a tree that exhibits better color, habit, tolerance or beauty than the straight species. 

At Spring Grove Nursery we grow over half of the trees Guy featured in his presentation. We are always eager to try new varieties that we think will perform well in our nursery and for our customers in the landscape. Click the link to Guy’s presentation for his full list. The varieties that we are currently growing are Northern Glow Maple, Armstrong Gold Maple, Redpointe Maple, Crimson Sunset Maple, Urban Sunset Maple, Emerald Avenue Hornbeam, Heartland Catalpa, Prairie Sentinel Hackberry, June Snow Dogwood, Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree, Emerald City Tulip Tree, Royal Raindrops Crabapple, Afterburner Tupelo, Autumn Treasure Hophornbeam, Mountain Sentinel Aspen, Pink Flair Cherry, American Dream Oak, Beacon Oak, Urban Pinnacle Oak, Crimson Spire Oak, Streetspire Oak, Green Whisper Bald Cypress, Emerald Sunshine Elm. 

Thanks Guy Meacham for a great presentation. Keep up the good work finding new trees for us to grow!

2018 Iowa State Short Course JFS Handout

Schmidt New Trees

Out in the field things are starting to shape up for spring! We are working these next few weeks to finish tagging spring orders. In this pic, Jamie is tagging State Street Maples, Exclamation London Planetree & Redpointe Red Maples for some customers. We have an excellent crop of trees ready to harvest this spring. Our early sales are strong, but we still have lots of great trees to choose from. Check out our latest availability and place your order today to get on our dig list: SGN Availability

The equipment is all tuned up & ready to roll. Our liner orders are set to come in late March.  We are planning to start digging the week of March 12 if the weather cooperates. There is still time to come out to the nursery & tag an order. Please give us a call if you are ready to pick out some trees for your spring projects.

Next time we check in we should have lots more field activity to report!

Spring Tagging

 

Tried & True Selections From your Growers at Spring Grove Nursery 

Here is a highlighted list of trees we have found to perform well in our nursery and in the landscape. These trees thrive in our fields despite the extreme climate fluctuations we have experienced in recent years. We are always evaluating which selections seem to flourish despite a wide range of extremes, yet still offer ornamental interest in the landscape. Everything we grow here at the nursery is worth merit, or we wouldn’t grow it! These are just a few selections that have caught our attention in recent years:

Tried & True Selections

Our final counts & measures are in from the field so our new Spring 2018 Availability is ready to go! We have another exceptional crop of trees ready for 2018. Our diverse & high-quality selections are well suited for your spring projects. Please look over our availability and give us a call if you have any questions. We hope to work with you this season!

Book now for your Spring 2018 projects!

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