"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

As we harvest trees this spring from the field, we promptly bring them into our Holding Yard. Once in the yard, they are placed on drip irrigation. Throughout the season, we will ship trees that are fresh and ready to go on your projects. As we progress through the spring digging season, the trees available in our Holding Yard changes daily.

So what’s in our yard so far? Lots of spring blooms! All deciduous trees are now in the Holding Yard and ornamentals are in full bloom. Here are some recent pics:

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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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Even though supply is tight this season, we have a terrific selection of trees available! Our availability is limited on certain varieties & sizes, however with over 1500 trees to choose from we are certain that you can find the trees you need for your projects.

We still have a good selection of Shade, Ornamental, & Evergreen Trees.  Hard to find trees like 2.0-3.0″ Maples are still in good supply on our list. In addition, we have a diverse selection of specimen trees for you to choose from.  Now is a great time to get your order in!

As the temps continue to warm up, the dig window will begin to close on certain trees. Sometimes we might have the tree available to dig even if it isn’t showing on our availability. Don’t hesitate to call or email us a list if there is something you need that you are having a hard time finding. We will double check our field numbers to see if we can find it for you.  Once the dig window closes this spring on a species, if we do not have extra above ground, we will list the next season that we can dig that variety.

In coming weeks there will be more trees available on our list as we pull them in from the field. Many times we end up digging a few extra here & there to clear out a block. Until those come into the Holding Yard for sure, it’s a bit of a guessing game on exact numbers. Our Holding Yard will be well stocked with a great selection soon.

We appreciate the opportunity to work with you this season!

Digging 2018

Spring has arrived at Spring Grove Nursery! We are in full swing of planting & digging now. The crews are also keeping up with pulling the trees in from the field to stage for shipping. We are already done digging several ornamentals and moving along with shade trees. 

Our new crop of liners has arrived and is already planted! We could not be more happy with how perfectly the crop went into the ground. For more on planting check out our PLANTING 2018 VIDEO

As we continue digging, we will also start shipping soon. We will be pulling the trees in from the field to our loading area & our Holding Yard.

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!

Tree Planting 2018

 

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