Get ready to be flexible on your tree choices
So there is talk in the nursery trade of tree shortages. This is because with the downswing in the economy, many nurseries closed, went bankrupt or severly cut down their production. Trees are not like many other commodities. You can't just call up the factory and tell them to ramp up production and make more trees, like it's a flat screen TV, because demand is up. Trees are on a long term cycle. You have to produce a large tree from a smaller one so there are many stages to go through before you can have the quantities that you are in need of. It seems as if we may not be back to normal for at least 5 years.
So what does that mean for you as a landscape contractor, designer, or consumer? It means that you need to get your orders in early, be prepared to not always get the size or variety you have specified, be flexible on possible subs, and work with your local nursery. We are ordering more trees than usual and growing more than ever so that we can supply the rising demand for trees, shrubs, and perennials. We are making sure to get in the varieties early that seem like they are going to be harder to get later in the season, like dogwoods and Zelkovas. We are growing as much as we can ourselves so we are not dependent on what is going on in other growing areas.
This also means that we are your nursery resource. We are well versed in what is available, what is a totally appropriate sub if needed, and are happy to help all of our customers make the best choices.
Or come to our Landscape Professional Open House to preview the great selections we will have this year! There is one in March and one in May. Be sure to stop by and join us for drinks and dinner as well!