"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
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!

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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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!

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
Digging Pear in Spring
Digging Pear in Spring

Spring has arrived at Spring Grove Nursery! We are in full swing of 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 Serviceberry, Hornbeam, Redbud, Dogwood, Hawthorn, Witchhazel, Sweetgum, Tulip Tree, Crabapple,Cherry, Pear, Willow, Lilac & Linden. The last round of rain has slowed us up but we hope to be back at it soon.

New liners for planting have begun to arrive as well. By the end of this week, those should all be here and ready for planting. If the weather holds up we hope to start planting this week as well.

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!

WNew Trees for Spring 2016e have some fantastic fresh new trees in the field this spring! Some of the new varieties that we will be digging this spring & fall are:  Amur Flame Maple, Crescendo Sugar Maple, Autumn Splendor Horsechestnut, Dakota Pinnacle Birch, Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam, June Snow Dogwood, Windover Gold Ginkgo, Firebird Crabapple, Afterburner Black Tupelo, American Dream Oak, Cobblestone Oak, Streetspire Oak, Kindred Spirit Oak, Heritage Oak, Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress & Techny Arborvitae

We also have a great new crop of liners coming to plant this spring. 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.

Supply is tight this season due to increased demand in the market. But don’t worry – we still have a great supply of trees available yet this spring! We will also be planting a full crop into the field as we have continued to do every year. Our consistent planting schedule over the years insures our customers that we can supply their tree needs each season. With greater demand however, early ordering & long range planning will be a good way to make sure we have the trees ready in the season you need them.

We look forward to working with all of our customers to grow excellent quality trees for many years to come!

Spring Grove NurseryEven though supply is tight this season, we still have a terrific selection of trees available! Our availability is limited on certain varieties & sizes, however with over 1000 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. Our River Birch & Hawthorn are on Field Direct Pricing until May 1. Hard to find trees like 2.0-3.0″ Maples are also still in good supply on our list. Now is a great time to get your order in!

As the temps continue to warm up, the dig window will continue 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!

IMG_1875.083333The nursery is snugly tucked away for the winter.  Our inventory counts are done & we are ready to take new orders for spring. We will be preparing our new 2017 Catalog soon. If you are not on our mailing list & would like to receive our new spring catalog, please send us your contact info.

In the shop, we are working on our routine equipment maintenance & preparing our supplies for a new season. In the field, we go out on nice days & do structure pruning.  Soon we will be getting customer orders tagged in the field so we can be prepared for digging season when that hits.  Our baskets & burlap will be ordered soon and spring digging will be here before you know it!

We are making our final changes to our liner orders are preparing for another spring planting season as well.  We will be lining out a full crop again into the field this spring.

Winter is a great time to visit the nursery & we invite you to come out for a tour. We welcome the opportunity to be your grower this season!