"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

If you need trees for projects this 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. We still have over 500 trees above ground here in our Holding Yard!

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!

Holding yard July 2017

While sitting on our front porch the other night relaxing & enjoying a much needed rain, we were treated to the most spectacular display. After the rain passed this remarkable rainbow appeared in full glory. Soaking up the rain & sunshine centered perfectly under the colors is the nursery a mile down the road. What a perfect way to welcome summer!

Welcome Summer!
Welcome Summer!

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Our new crop of soybeans is up in the nursery! We use soybeans as our cover crop on areas in our field while the land is in between tree crops. The soybeans help add nitrogen back into the soil while holding our soil in place during the season as protection from wind & water erosion. Caring for our soil is a top priority at the nursery. 

As we have mentioned before, Becky is the 5th generation on our family farm. We have kept our farms productive & healthy for so long by taking the utmost care of our soil. Becky’s Dad, Doug Harford, was one of the first farmers in the US to implement no-till farm management into his corn & soybean operation. Through years of no-till farming, our soil has become naturally porous & rich in organic matter.

By using cover crops & minimal tillage in the nursery, we can continue the legacy of conservation started many years ago on our land. We are proud to pass on healthy soils to the next generation!

PS: Shout out to Becky’s brother, Chris Harford for planting & harvesting our soybeans. Thanks Bro!

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Yellowwood in Sunshine
Yellowwood in Sunshine
Yellowwood Blooms
Yellowwood Blooms

Early mornings are the best in the nursery – especially when the sun shines through the Yellowwood!  While out spraying early one Saturday morning, Jamie caught a beautiful shot of our next crop of Yellowwood coming along in the field.

Yellowwood are one of our favorite intermediate trees. Their architecture, bark, flowers and foliage are also complimented by their abiilty to adapt & grow well in many spots. 

New Liner Pruning
New Liner Pruning

We just finished getting all of our new liners pruned & ready to grow! Our new liner crop was planted earlier this spring & they will grow on in the field for the next several years. The first initial pruning of the liners is a very important step in the development of the tree.

Our first pruning on liners usually consists of some key actions. We make sure to prune off any damaged or dead branches that occurred from shipping or planting. Next we limb up some of the bottoms branches to get the canopy closer to the height we want from the ground. Next we look at the top & establish a select a leader & adjust the overall height as needed. Then we do the structure work on the lateral branches by thinning out, shortening up, & removing branches as needed.

If the liner pruning is done properly, then the tree is off to a great start for it’s years here in our field. As we move through the blocks & complete the first step of structuring, our crews come behind & do a final touch up to make sure the tree is straight in the ground at the proper height.

Then we just wait for rain & sunshine to do their work & our new trees are ready to grow!

Horsechestnut & Tulip Tree Blooms
Horsechestnut & Tulip Tree Blooms

Now that June is here we are well on our way to field work!  The early start to the spring put us ahead of schedule in the field so now we are in the full swing of pruning, mowing, spraying, etc. Summer is just around the corner!

Our Holding Yard looks great & all of the trees that we have above ground have never looked better!  We have everything on drip irrigation and easily situated for tagging & loading. As we start out the month of June, we are still shipping out trees every day for customer projects.  On the sales end its been a great spring, and it seems to look like it will be busy into the summer. We are already taking orders for fall digging, and the new crop of trees coming along in the field looks terrific!

Pictured here are some beautiful late spring blooms we found recently in the nursery. On the top is Ft. McNair Horsechestnut & below is Tulip Tree.  Both of these gorgeous blooms can be found mid-late spring on these excellent shade trees.  We grow both of these species but sell out quickly each spring!

We welcome you to stop by the nursery for a visit. It’s a great time of year to see the trees we have growing for the future!

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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!

 

Cleveland Select Pear

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!