"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

With clear sunny weather ahead we are in the final stages of digging & loading in the nursery! 

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 recent cold temps slowed us up a bit as we needed to wait for certain species to be ready to dig. But the warm up seems to be here to stay, 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 Red Maples in from the field and ready to bud out. We have a fantastic selection of trees in our above ground holding yard ready to ship. 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!

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We love trees at Spring Grove Nursery, so Arbor Day is one of our favorite days of the year! We started our local Arbor Day Program at Grundy County grade schools 15 years ago, and we are proud to be planting trees with 2 schools this spring. We educate the kids first about the benefits of trees and then let them jump in to help plant a tree at their school. It is a rewarding experience for us & fun for the kids too!

If you aren’t already celebrating Arbor Day, we would encourage you to get out into your community & do the same. We have lots of ideas & resources available to help you set up an Arbor Day Program of your own. Just give us a call! 

Here is an example of the info that we share with the kids: ARBOR DAY TREE INFO.  The kids really enjoy learning about how much good the tree that they help plant will do for their school & their environment.  It’s a great lesson & a lot of fun!

For more about our Arbor Day celebrations, check out our latest post Arbor Day Through the Years

Here are some pics from this year’s Arbor Day plantings in our community:

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Spring is coming and that means Arbor Day is around the corner! We are proud to be partnering with the Village of Coal City, iTrees.com, ComEd and Trees Forever to plant trees throughout the community on Arbor Day April 27. The goal is to plant 100 trees in the community!

In 2015 Coal City was hit by a devastating tornado that took with it most of the trees throughout the community. In 2016 we worked with these same partners to plant around 100 trees throughout the community. Those trees are currently flourishing along city parkways! This spring we are joining forces again to plant trees on resident’s personal properties.

The trees for the project are grown locally at Spring Grove Nursery. A diverse species list was selected to offer a wide range of trees for residents to choose from. Before Arbor Day, iTrees.com professionals will prepare the planting locations for residents and make sure the proper tree is planted in the right spot. On Arbor Day, volunteers from ComEd, iTrees.com, Trees Forever, the Village and Spring Grove Nursery will work to plant trees throughout the community. The purchase of the trees is a joint partnership from the residents, the Village of Coal City, ComEd and Trees Forever. This is true community event!

Festivities will get underway Friday, April 27 at the Coal City United Methodist Church at 6805 E. McArdle Rd, Coal City, IL.  Volunteers will gather at 8:30am to kick off the Arbor Day event with a few speakers from ComEd & the Village of Coal City. Spring Grove Nursery & iTrees.com will give volunteers a “tree planting demo” to show the proper way to plant a tree. A volunteer team of over 140 employees from ComEd will spread around town to plant trees. The day will conclude at the Coal City Elementary school for an Arbor Day planting with students.

Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 and is celebrated every spring around the world. Trees provide countless social, environmental and economic benefits to our communities. For more info about Arbor Day or the benefits of trees, see the attached flyers or visit www.springgrovenursery.com/resources.

We invite you to join us for this fun community event on Arbor Day. Together a great team of people will make Coal City GREEN this Arbor Day!

Happy Arbor Day!

Coal City Arbor Day 2018 Press Release

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One of our liner suppliers, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Oregon said it first… Trees are the Answer! And we couldn’t agree more! 

Trees really are the answer, and as Green Industry professionals it is our job to make sure our customers and our community knows that!  There are many ways to share the great news about the benefits of trees to our communities.  We put together a few resources that we often share.  Click below for links to some pdf files that you are welcome to use & share:

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION 2018
SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, & ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF TREES
TREE RESOURCES
ARBOR DAY WEBSITE
ARBOR DAY PHOTO GALLERY

We also put together a fun video slideshow of some of our tree plantings with kids over the years. Check out  our ARBOR DAY VIDEO for a look at some of our plantings.  We made the video on animoto.com. Videos are really easy to make on their site & cost only $3! If you are looking for a way to share photos from some of your community events or to showcase tree projects, that website is a great resource.

Another great local resource in Illinois is the Morton Arboretum.  We found lots of great tree facts & links on their website – check it out at http://www.mortonarb.org/learn-experience/educators/arbor-day-classroom

Finally, the official “Trees are the Answer” people at J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Oregon have a great website full of tree info – check it out at www.jfschmidt.com/treesaretheanswer/

However you choose to celebrate the year, have fun & Happy Arbor Day!

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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!

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!

We were very proud to plant trees in Coal City with iTrees.com on Arbor Day! Together we helped coordinate a volunteer crew from ComEd & Davey Resource Group to plant 90 trees today around Coal City in tornado damaged neighborhoods. We are looking forward to watching all of our trees grow & prosper in the community. Happy Arbor Day!

For more about our Coal City Green 2016 click here!

Jamie teaching volunteers how to properly plant

Jamie teaching volunteers how to properly plant.

Newly planted trees on Broadway Street

Newly planted trees on Broadway Street

The "BEST" volunteer planting crew!

The “BEST” volunteer planting crew!

Chris & Marlee from iTrees.com

Chris & Marlee from iTrees.com

Volunteer planting crew

Volunteer planting crew.

Newly planted Emerald Sunshine Elm

Newly planted Emerald Sunshine Elm.

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Planting on Broadway Street.

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CommuniTrees Partner Program

We are very proud to announce our Coal City Green program for 2016! This year on Arbor Day, Fri Apr 29, we will be partnering with local partners iTrees.com, ComEd & Davey Resource Group to plant 90 trees across the community of Coal City.

In the wake of the devastating tornado last summer, thousands of trees were lost. Several local partners have joined together to help make Coal City GREEN again! The trees planted in the tornado destroyed neighborhoods can now begin to rise up & bring new life to the city streets. 

We also have an exciting update about the CommuniTrees Partner Program with iTrees.com! Purchases from the program last year have already begun to benefit the streets of Coal City! On this Arbor Day Spring Grove Nursery & iTrees.com will be using the trees earned through the CommuniTrees Partner Program to replant Broadway Street. We will be donating & planting trees along the stretch of Broadway that used to be lined with so many beautiful big trees. Once again, you will begin to see some new life rise up & grace your city streets.

In an effort to rebuild a healthy urban canopy, the trees have been especially selected to provide beauty & shade for many years to come. You will notice that shorter, utilityfriendly trees will be planted along the east side under the utility lines. Shade trees will line the west side. We specifically picked out a diverse selection of trees instead of lining the street with all of the same kind of trees. This will insure that the canopy will be healthy for many years to come & will not be subject to disease or pests that feed on a certain tree which might jeopardize the trees in the future. The variety of trees will also add beauty & changing features throughout the seasons. We hope that you enjoy the new canopy as it grows & flourishes along Broadway!

Please check out our links about the Coal City plantings to learn more about how you too can help Coal City grow GREEN again!