"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

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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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

We have some fantastic fresh new trees in the field this spring! Some of the new varieties that we will be digging this spring are:  Heritage River Birch, Turkish Filbert, Worplesdon Sweetgum, Slender Silhouette Sweetgum, White Shield Osage Orange, Ruby Vase Parrotia, Pink Flair Cherry, Scarlet Letter Oak and Jack Pear.

We also have a great new crop of liners to plant this spring. Some new varieties we are excited to be trying out 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.

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!

New Trees for Spring

Out in the field things are starting to shape up for spring! We are working these next few weeks to finish tagging spring orders. In this pic, Jamie is tagging State Street Maples, Exclamation London Planetree & Redpointe Red Maples for some customers. We have an excellent crop of trees ready to harvest this spring. Our early sales are strong, but we still have lots of great trees to choose from. Check out our latest availability and place your order today to get on our dig list: SGN Availability

The equipment is all tuned up & ready to roll. Our liner orders are set to come in late March.  We are planning to start digging the week of March 12 if the weather cooperates. There is still time to come out to the nursery & tag an order. Please give us a call if you are ready to pick out some trees for your spring projects.

Next time we check in we should have lots more field activity to report!

Spring Tagging

 

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!