We recently completed our field inventory for the upcoming Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 seasons. Every year in September, we do a comprehensive field inventory – measuring & counting every tree in the nursery. This year, we decided to move that process up and start in early August. Our fall sales season seems to creep in closer and closer each year, so we needed that data before September to be best prepared for the fall dig season. Several species will continue to caliper up throughout the fall, so in December we will go back through and spot check certain varieties & blocks as needed and update our numbers again before spring.
New for this season, we are using the InstaCaliper technology from 2nd Sight Bio to help gather counts & measures on caliper trees. Multi-stem and evergreen trees are still counted “old style” with a measuring stick for height and notepad for counts. Sometimes the tried & true method still works just fine. After collecting the data in the field, we enter new numbers into our GrowPoint inventory software. We are happy with how this new process worked this season. Inventory continues to be one of the toughest areas for us to manage – I think most growers would agree with that statement. At SGN Trees, the inventory process is important for several reasons. In the field, we make production notes and quality control decisions while are gathering inventory data. In the office, we use that data to make forecasting & production decisions. The trend we are seeing is customers are placing orders multiple seasons ahead. Accurate and timely inventory data is an important tool so we can both grow and sell the best SGN Trees for our market.
Now that we have gotten all of our new counts back in the office, we are happy to report terrific growth out there! Our crop for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 has filled in beautifully and is ready to grow in the landscape. Our younger trees that will still grow here for another few years have also put on a good amount of growth this season. As growers, it’s always nice to see the numbers behind the scene that verify what we see every day out in the field. You can preview our new availability on the website here: https://springgrovenursery.com/availability/
The ABOVE GROUND column shows trees still available from our Spring 2021 harvest. We have a nice selection of SGN trees ready to go for fall projects. The GROWING IN FIELD column show counts for trees to harvest either this fall or next spring. Now is a great time to order for fall digging or get your first pick on trees for next spring!
Check out this video from Jamie about how it all works in the field: