We ended March 2023 with a great Friday in the nursery! It was a busy week around the farm: digging, tagging, and planting trees. Our digging crews have been staying ahead of budding trees and new orders. The dig crews have been moving through the blocks in order of tree bud swell. The early budding trees, such as ornamentals, were dug first. Later budding species like Kentucky Coffeetree or Hackberry, will be dug last. Timing is important this time of year.
We have enjoying taking customers around the field for tagging appointments. Spring is a fun time to visit the nursery – there are lots opportunities to get in on the action! We have been anxiously awaiting planting time. The liners all arrived last week and have been healed in waiting for just the right soil conditions to begin planting. Periodic rains have kept the window to cultivate the new plantings areas limited. On Thursday, we did a final soil prep on our new planting blocks. That coupled with some sunshine and wind was just what we needed to dry out our planting blocks. Finally, on Friday morning we started planting our new 2023 crop! We started with some Oaks from Robinson Nursery, John Holmlund Nursery, Kuenzi Turf & Nursery, and J Frank Schmidt Nursery. They planted beautifully! We were glad we waited until the soil told us it was ready.
With strong storms on the horizon, we wrapped up Friday afternoon early to beat the rain. We got 645 Oaks planted and shortly afterwards received a beautiful 1″ of rain to settle them in. We couldn’t have asked for a better end to the week!
As Jamie & I were closing up the shop having an end of the week cup of coffee, we looked out the shed door and witnessed the most beautiful rainbow over the nursery. So that was an even BETTER end to the week!
Happy Spring 🙂