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How Digging On Demand Works For You

When you’re looking for trees for your commercial property or municipality, you want to invest your budget dollars wisely. You also want to maximize your efforts. No one wants to waste time installing trees that don’t work out or benefit your property.

While pre-dug trees might look convenient to pick up and go, they aren’t reliable when it comes to providing you with species that offer the best chances for success. Unless you like to gamble, this might not be the best way to spend your money and risk losing valuable landscape assets.

Planning ahead and having your trees dug when you are ready to plant them ensures much healthier trees.

Let’s learn how you can benefit from some proper plant purchasing planning and choosing a nursery that’s working harder to make your job easier.

Why Digging on Demand Works

When trees are pre-dug, they could be sitting out of the ground for an entire season. That’s a long time for a tree to be removed from its soil environment.

This reduces a tree’s survivability and stresses them out.

By digging on demand, which means digging trees as they are ordered, you reduce a tree’s transplant shock period, provide a tree with a better chance of re-establishment, and improve the overall future health of the tree.

How A Nursery Digs Your Trees Matters, Too

The way your nursery digs your trees is also important for the future health of your landscape.

You want an oversized root ball that is dug over the standard size to reduce transplant shock. ANSI standards dictate a 24-inch root ball for a 2-inch caliper tree. Some nurseries like Davey Nursery prefer digging a 28-inch root ball. This gives each tree an extra opportunity to settle into its new home.

A nursery that also takes some extra measures to make your installation job easier can also save you time and money.

For instance, some nurseries like Davey Nursery expose the root collar to make proper planting simpler. This helps ensure employees don’t plant trees too deep, which can lead to poor tree health and decline. Since improper planting is one of the main reasons why trees fail, getting this step right is crucial to survivability.

The Benefits of Ordering Ahead

Getting tree orders earlier is also an important part of proper planning for commercial properties and municipalities.

Not only does having a strategy for early orders ensure you get the tree species you want, but it also gives you assurances you’ll have your trees during an optimum planting window.

Fall is one of the best times to plant trees since the hot, summer days are behind you and the ground isn’t frozen. For reference, a good time period is usually between mid-September and mid-October, while trees still have their leaves.

The soil is also a great indicator of proper installation timing. As long as soil temperatures are 50 degrees Fahrenheit or more, planting is OK.

The majority of digging on demand and deliveries or pickups happen in and September and October.

As a property manager who is busy managing commercial facilities or a municipality professional beautifying your city, your plate is full of to-dos. We understand. When it comes to your tree needs, our tree care experts can save you time and money.