"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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We had fun hosting the local Seneca FFA Hort team to the nursery for a tour. They learned about nursery operations and even dug their own tree. We quizzed them pretty hard and put them on the spot identifying trees. They got them all right! It’s no wonder, this team placed 5th at state a few weeks ago. And our own son, Joey placed 12th at state. Great job kids – you are welcome back any time!

Firebird Crabapple Blooms
Firebird Crabapple Blooms

It’s been a busy time in the field these past few weeks! Here is a re-cap of what we have been up to:

PLANTING – All of our new trees have been planted into the field. We received a beautiful crop of trees this year & got them all in the ground within days of receiving them last month. They have benefited from some nice rains to settle them in. We are now starting to go through & do the first initial pruning & structure work. At the same time we will be re-straightening & stomping to get them firmly where they need to be in the ground for the next few years while they grow.

DIGGING – We have finished digging for the spring. All of the freshly dug trees have been pulled in from the field & where they need to be. We dug a fantastic crop this spring & are already making plans for our next dig season this fall.

HOLDING YARD – Our Holding Yard is fully stocked with trees ready to ship for upcoming projects all season. Everything has been pulled in from the field & is now set up on drip irrigation. Please check out our availabilty if you are looking for trees this season!

SHIPPING – We have been loading out hundreds of trees daily these last few weeks. Everything has been going smoothly & we are happy to see our trees getting where they need to be for the season!

FIELD WORK – Our other spring field work is next on the list! We will begin mowing, cultivating, & spraying soon. Our guys will be starting to work on pruning & staking shortly as well. There is no shortage of work to do this time of year!

 

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If you need trees for projects this spring, summer, or fall – chances are we have what you need!

Our Holding Yard is very well-maintained with all of the trees situated on drip irrigation to keep them looking fresh on your jobsite.  We are available for loading here at the nursery or we can offer delivery services as well.  Give us a call anytime to check availability & our loading/delivery schedule.  For the latest ABOVE GROUND AVAILABILITY check out our availability tab on the website. 

Please join us anytime at our nursery for a tour of the beautiful selection of trees ready to ship & growing in our fields for the future!

We are stocked up & ready for spring and trees have never looked better! Please check out our Holding Yard pics in our Photo Gallery for the latest images. We will keep it updated throughout the season with pics of what’s colorful, fresh and ready to ship.

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Autumn Blaze Maple
Autumn Blaze Maple
River Birch
River Birch
Pagoda Dogwood Flowers
Pagoda Dogwood Flowers
Ginkgo Foliage
Ginkgo Foliage
Paperbark Maple Emerging Foliage
Paperbark Maple Emerging Foliage
Crimson Sunset Maple Foliage
Crimson Sunset Maple Foliage
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Eastern Redbud

With clear sunny weather ahead we are in full swing of digging, loading and planting in the nursery! We were able to get our new crop of liners planted over several days last week. Click here for more about our 2017 Tree Planting.

We hope to wrap up deciduous digging by the end of this week. As we are digging, we are also bringing in trees from the field to our loading area and our holding yard. Once those trees are in from the field, we will start evergreen digging. The rains earlier this month slowed us up a bit, but it has dried out nicely now and the spring field work is going well. We actually wouldn’t mind some more rain now to settle in our newly planted trees!

Pictured here are some beautiful Eastern Redbud in full bloom. We have a nice selection of ornamentals flowering now like Ornamental Pear, Witchhazel, Serviceberry, and Little Twist Cherry. Spring is in the air!

If you have projects coming up that you need trees for this spring, now is the time to get your order in. Please don’t hesitate to call. Thanks & have a great spring!

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!

Some new varieties we are excited to be trying out this spring are Urban Sunset Maple, Early Glow Buckeye, Arnold Tulip Tree, Northern Splendor Black Tupelo, Swedish Columnar Aspen, Beacon Oak, Green Whisper Bald Cypress & Musashino Zelkova… 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, John Holmlund Nursery, Robinson Nursery, Kuenzi Turf & Nursery and Evergreen Nursery

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

Canopy Joe
Canopy Joe

Canopy Joe is open for business again this season! Our son Joey started his own business through his high school FFA program last spring. In keeping with the family tradition of trees, he “branched out” with his own niche – Canopy Joe. Check out his website at www.canopyjoe.com

Joey has a great line of smaller potted trees that he offers locally either picked up, delivered, or planted. Through his mission to “make the planet better, one tree at a time” he is partnering with the National Arbor Day Foundation. For every tree he sells, a tree will be planted in our National Forests! Last year, he had over 70 trees planted in our National Forests through his mission. He hopes to double that this year! You can find out more about his mission at www.canopyjoe.com/our-mission

Check out his tree selection here: Canopy Joe Trees

You can also download his flyer here: Canopy Joe Flyer

If you need cool shade for an even cooler cause – Canopy Joe is your guy!

18 Years
18 Years

Dear Friends,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be your grower. We are looking forward to an exciting season ahead at Spring Grove Nursery!

2017 will mark our 18th year as nursery growers. Over the years, we have had the privilege to work with so many wonderful suppliers, customers and employees – many of whom have become good friends.

For 18 growing seasons, we have planted, pruned, harvested and delivered countless trees – all coming from our fertile soil and tended by hard work, sunshine and rain. We are so lucky to be growing on such a bountiful farm tended by our family for five generations. The support from our family and the commitment from our employees have made these last 18 years possible. We are grateful for their help in making our nursery what it is today.

We have watched our family grow over the 18 years. Our children who were babies when we started are now in high school & college. They have grown up right alongside our trees. Watching them learn & grow with us out in the field have been some of our favorite moments in the nursery. We included some fun pics of our family over the years in the nursery below. 

We have also seen the nursery industry change dramatically over the last 18 years. When we started in the business, a massive shortage of trees existed in the market. By the time our first crop was ready to harvest, the economy shifted quickly and we saw the steady decline of our industry take hold for several years. Through persistence, hard work, lean management, and strong partnerships we stuck it out. Now that the nursery industry is turning around, we are proud to be growing stronger than ever!

So, we welcome 2017 with the same excitement & optimism that we started growing 18 years ago in 1999. We are thankful for those who have been part of our journey so far, and we welcome new opportunities for partnerships in the future. As our roots grow deeper and our branches spread upward, we look ahead to another bountiful & blessed 18 years to come!

Sincerely,  Jamie & Becky Thomas

Young Liner Crop from 2000
Young Liner Crop from 2000

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A new favorite of ours in the nursery is the Little Twist Cherry. Prunus incisa ‘Little Twist’ matures to 8′ x 8′.  This Carlton Plants introduction comes from the Fuji Cherry. The stems & shoots have a unique zigzag appearance. The tight clustered white spring flowers are bell-shaped with pink centers. The foliage turns a rich maroon in the fall. Little Twist is grafted on a 3-4′ standard.

We have been growing Little Twist for several years now and we like the compact growth & the delicate spring blooms. We currently have some beautiful 2.5″ & 3.0″ specimens available this season. Here are some pics of Little Twist and a link to our Photo Gallery with more info:

http://springgrovenursery.com/ornamentals/our-gallery/prunus-cherry/little-twist-cherry

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We have lots of beautiful spring blooms popping up around the nursery! Here are some pics from the holding yard of our flowering trees ready to go!

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Little Twist Cherry Blooms
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Vernal Witchhazel Blooms
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Eastern Redbud
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Little Twist Cherry
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Cleveland Select Pear