"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


We just finished our last Arbor Day planting this morning – 6 schools in the last three days! We had a great time at each one, and we enjoyed seeing how the different schools were teaching the kids about our environment.  Getting to spend time with kids on days like Arbor Day is a definite perk to being in the Green Industry! 

Luckily, we are almost finished with deciduous digging.  The rain is definitely slowing things up on the digging end, but it is great for the new trees that we just planted and for all of the evergreen trees left to dig.  We have been steadily loading out customers & delivering orders through the wet weather.  As we finish deciduous digging later this week, we will be moving on to evergreen digging.  Our Holding Yard is starting to take shape and we hope to have that ready in the next few weeks.  Now is a great time to take advantage of our Field Direct Prices which are good through the end of April.  We will have some great pricing as well on trees from the Holding Yard in May & June.  Those prices will be coming out soon.  In the mean time… let’s hope for sunny weather!

Our new Photo Gallery is up & running!  We are still working on adding more pictures, and we plan to update it regularly as the season goes on.  Eventually, we hope to have pictures of every tree that we grow in each season in the field and ready for sale in the holding yard.  We will also be adding pictures of the key tree features and shots of the tree mature in the landscape.  We would like our gallery to be a helpful tool in tree selection & purchasing decisions for our customers.  As soon as our 2009 Holding Yard is assembled we will have pictures of every tree available in each tree folder. Enjoy!

Don’t forget Arbor Day coming up later this month!  Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 24th this spring across the US.  We are expanding our local Arbor Day Program to include 9 local elementary schools in Grundy County.  We are looking forward to planting trees with 2nd graders & teaching them about the benefits of trees.  Look for some pictures soon from some of our Arbor Day plantings. 

At the ANLA Management Clinic this past winter, we met Keith Cline with the US Forest Service.  He gave a great presentaion on Urban Forestry, and introduced us to a website with a really cool Tree Calculator.  The National Tree Benefit Calculator was conceived & developed by Casey Trees & Davey Tree Expert Co. This tool helps you calculate the monetary benefit of a tree in the landscape over time. Whether you use this to calculate trees in your home landscape or use this to help promote trees to your customers, we feel this tool has enormous value to the Green Industry. 

We are planting a tree for Arbor Day at our local school, and we were able to calculate the benefits of a 3″ Red Sunset Maple over the next 20 years to the school.  Here is an example of the info we are able to share with the kids to help educate them about trees:

Over the next 20 years the tree will provide $2,487 in benefits to the school, 24,884gl of storm water runoff eliminated, 3218 kw hrs of energy conserved, & 11,486 lbs of carbon reduced in our atmosphere.  Those are great statistics to share with the public!

Here is the link.


At Spring Grove Nursery, we are committed to getting our customers trees in a convenient & affordable manner.  We have two Free Delivery options this spring.  Free Delivery is available on all wholesale field direct loads delivered before May 1, 2009.  This offer is good for new & existing Illinois customers on loads of 15 or more trees.  We also are continuing to offer our popular “1 Free Delivery” to all new IL wholesale customers.  This offer is good for any first time wholesale delivery throughout the season.  Give us a call anytime to schedule your complimentary delivery!

We successfully planted our deciduous liners last week, and today we are enjoying a good rain to soak them in!  The selectons we planted this year are very exciting, and we can’t wait to grow these trees for the next several years and bring them to market for our customers. We added some new trees into our mix this spring like New Horizon Elm, American Hornbeam, Perkins Pink Yellowwood, City Sprite Zelkova, and Royal Raindrops Crabapple – just to name a few.  Our kids chipped in to help on their day off from school Friday. We planted over 2300 trees that day, and it was really fun to have them work with us.  We are back to digging as soon as it dries out.  Evergreen planting in a few weeks!



Spring has arrived at the nursery, and we welcome the warmer weather and the new season! Our digging season is underway now, and we are continuing to get customer orders tagged and ready for loading soon. To keep inventory in check, many customers are asking us to yard some of their material for them until they need it. Our well maintained holding yard lets us easily provide this service, and we are happy to work together with our customers to make this season a success for everyone. On another note, our new liners have begun arriving and we are looking forward to planting soon. We are planting a great mix of trees this spring, including some up and coming varieties that we are testing out for some of our suppliers. One of our favorite parts of this business is planting for the future and making sure what we grow now will be good selections for the landscape. We invite you to stop by anytime this spring and see what we we’re up to. Spring is a great time to visit our nursery – you can watch our digging crew in action or even jump on the tree planter & plant a few liners! We hope your spring is off to a good start as well, and we are looking forward to working with all our customers again!


Let us help you get the competitive edge you need this spring with our Field Direct Price Advantage. We are offering great prices this spring on full loads shipped by May 1, 2009. Pictured here are some Red Maples & Skyline Honeylocust ready to dig & ship toyour projects. Please call or e-mail to customize a load that works for you.We can load your truck here or deliver to your yard or jobsite. We have two trucks that we use for delivering. Our semi holds 50-60 trees, and our smaller truck hauls up to 20 trees.We also maintain an excellent holding yard, and we are happy to work out a holding plan for you at no additional cost for projects you have later in the season. We are willing to be flexible as we go into next season, so please contact us with your thoughts on how we can best serve you, whether by price, quality, service – or all three! We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you this year, and we are looking forward to a great year for the Green Industry!