Preparing Your New Trees For Winter

By |2021-08-26T11:47:35-05:00August 26th, 2021|Information|

So you got dormant stock this spring and you aren't sure what to do to ensure it is ready for our cold Canadian winters? In the fall, the nutrients and energy produced by the leaves begins to push back into the roots for winter storage. This is what will help put the tree into dormancy and keep the tree alive until spring. Trees:  Stop fertilizing in late August so the tree isn't actively trying to shoot new growth as first frost closes in. Water trees well throughout the autumn up until the ground freezes. Newly planted trees will need more water than mature trees. Water acts as an insulator making plant cells stronger against cold damage. Above ground, consider applying mulch around your new trees. You'll want to focus on keeping the circumference within the trees drip-line while avoiding piling the mulch against the trunk. Mulch helps insulate the roots during the cold winter and it also slows water loss from the soil. If you live in an especially cold zone(2-4) consider waiting until the ground is frozen solid before mulch application. If your area is particularly snowy, you can wrap the tree for additional protection through the first few winters. Perennials Stop fertilizing in late August so it isn't actively trying to shoot new growth or flowers as first frost closes [...]

Dormant Root Stock 101

By |2021-08-26T10:39:36-05:00August 26th, 2021|Information|

What is root stock?? Root stock is a section of a plant, often retrieved from underground, that has been put into dormancy and will produce new growth once planted. We purchase our dormant stock from all over the world. All the stock is shipped into our Headingley ware­house, packed and stored at controlled tem­per­a­tures. This ensures the stock is kept dormant and fresh, right until we ship your order. We buy stock that is har­dy to zones 2 and 3. What is dormancy?? A plant, bud, or seed that is “dormant” is not actively growing. It is in a waiting state until conditions are right for active growth. Often when a plant is dormant it looks dead, but it is alive. If you were to cut into the right part of it, you would find at least a small amount of living green tissue, called the cambium. Dormant stock comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and varies in appearance at time of shipping. The products you receive may range from as small as a few inches up to four feet. This is a photo of Russian Olives in our cooler waiting to be shipped. As you can see, there is no leaves, or buds. If you prune back the branch by a few inches, the cambium will be visible.     [...]