Our Focus is . . .
We utilize quality
bare root plant material obtained primarily from professional growers in
Oregon and Michigan. Selected for successful growth in our temperate
zone, with vigorous root systems and appluying the appropriate cultural practices, gives the plant
material a good start here in Iowa.
Our plants grow here in Iowa for a minimum of two year with some taking
up to ten years before they are harvested for the customer.
This growing period give the plant a taste of Iowa winter conditions and
only the hardy are harvested.
In preparation to planting, the soil is ripped to a three foot depth.
It is then
ripped again at eight inch depth with eight inch spacing between tine.
Finally it is tilled in order to allow the tree or shrub to quickly establish a strong,
fibrous and penetrating root system.
Prior to planting, the bare root trees are attached to a cane in order to promote straight
trunks and wind support.
Each cane, bamboo or fiberglass, has a measured red mark where the bud point
is placed when the tree is attached.
Precision drilled holes allow the caned tree to be planted ensuring the
bud point is the proper heigth above ground.
With the cane, the tree's trunk is trained straight while growing.
As the leader develops, the new growth
is attached to the cane in order to continue the training
Once the tree's height exceeds the cane's ten foot
height, the cane is removed which allows it to move in the wind and
strenghten while adding caliper.
Contiued growth and runing occur to establish structurally sound
branching and the formation of a full canopy.
TThroughout the growing season and all year long, the
bulk of labor hours are spent on pruning and training. With proper trunk
and leader development accomplished by training, pruning is done to
enhance branch structure, leader development, spur growth,
and shape the tree.
Root pruning is done by a premature harvest where the roots within the dimensions
of the final harvest ball width.
For example, a tree that will harvested at a 3" caliper in a 36-40"
basket is harvest a year in advance at 32". We lift the tree out of the
ground and set it back in to ensure all roots have been pruned.
MMaintaining all aspects of the growth is a year
All plants are on an automated drip irrigation system. Wildlife
protection is achieved with a 9' perimeter fence.
Fertilization, herbicide, and an integrated pest/disease management system are in place.
Protection from sunscald and frost cracks is provided by using
white, sun reflective tubes during winter months.
All plants are on a computer conrolled drip irrigation system. In th
picture to the left the brown irrigation line running along the trunks
is the above ground portion of the system.
SSize, canopy development, root system, dormancy and overall health of the
tree are factors taken into account before we will dig, ball and burlap a
tree or shrub.
Maintaining a strong root ball that can withstand travel,
handling and transplant are very important in delivering a quality tree.
Aftercare in our holding yard where mulch and irrigation protect the
tree ensures the success of the
Customer planting and aftercare
WWhen requested, we plant and care for our trees at the
customer's site. Proper planting, staking, watering, fertilization,
and additional pruning is done as long as needed to ensure the tree
develops properly and will survive in the long term.