High quality trees and shrubs.
We produce high quality seedlings, transplants,
potted and bagged stock.. Our nursery seedling production uses an
in-ground root pruning method that stimulates stronger, healthier seedlings that
continue to show a 90% + survival rate. After 40 years of tree planting we
know a quality root system is the most important thing for survival. Our
potted trees hold this same philosophy, we grow them in the pot for at least one
year while they develop a thick and vigorous root system, so when planted there
is little loss of root system. They
also require less watering and care. We can ship seedlings, transplants and
potted trees nation-wide via UPS.
Digging bare root seedlings with our plant lifter
Pre and post planting site preparation and maintenance.
Whether using a tree planter or hand planting, site prep is essential.
Undesirable vegetation and grasses must be controlled to allow your newly
planted trees to survive. After planting, competing vegetation must be
controlled the first 3 years for your trees to thrive or even survive. The
use of herbicides is usually the cheapest and most effective way to get your
trees off to a healthy start, mulch is usually not recommended. A tractor sprayer is good for a larger plantings, a
lawn tractor with a pull-behind sprayer works great for a planting of less than five
acres, and the backpack sprayer works for windbreaks and smaller plantings.
We provide the safest chemical formula that works to control competing vegetation
to our customers.
Tree and Shrub Planting.
We can plant your trees no matter what size the job, we have the necessary
equipment and experience to make sure your trees are planted at the right
spacing and species that are correct for your site. You have the right to
plant what you want in your tree planting and will work with you and any govt.
agency to see that this happens. We have done, riparian buffers, living snow
fence, reforestation, wildlife habitat, field windbreaks, and CRP/REAP
Whether in-town or in the country we can design, provide trees and install a windbreak that
will provide long-term protection, and have been doing it since 1971. There are many poor choices for trees
in a windbreak planting, we can do it right the first time for your home, farm
or business. We recommend planting potted trees in windbreaks because of
there larger size and developed root system. We've planted so many windbreaks and like them so much we
created a website specifically for them.
Larger Shade Trees.
We sell and install larger shade trees around your home, farm or business.
Proper trees for the soil conditions and placement will provide shade and beauty
that will enhance your whole property and will increase your property value.
We've been involved in creating wildlife habitat for 44 years, we know what
species attract specific animals and planting techniques that promote wildlife.
Whether you want deer, pheasants, quail, coyotes, rabbits, song birds and more.
The picture below shows a beaver dam built from a streamside willow planting,
this small creek is now deep enough to support larger fish like catfish or bass.
It's maintenance free and a lot cheaper then building a pond.
TSI - Timber Stand Improvement
We can remove undesirable species then prune and thin your desirable species
in your forest area. This act greatly increases the ability of your forest
area to grow better quality wood resulting in a much higher end value product. For every $1 spent on TSI it will return over $10 in value. This act should be performed
periodically usually starting at about 8 years after planting and should be a
part of your over-all management plan for your tree planting goals.
Controlling Destructive Animals
We have more experience dealing with deer and other destructive animals then
anyone in the state of Iowa. According to Iowa State University/ Iowa DNR, many
woodlands have 15-30 times more deer in them than the land and trees can support, reducing
deer number is the only effective way to permit the trees to grow.
Repellants are not effective on overpopulations of deer. We can advise you
on the law and different options to prevent destruction of your trees and
Buck rubs occur in the fall
Deer browsing occurs year around.
Livestock Buildings Planting
We have become the leader in Iowa for the placement of trees and shrubs around
these buildings. Fast growing trees are 20' tall in 3 years and block
odors and beautify the site. Many cost share programs are available for
these projects. See this page for most
information behind the science of proper tree placement around livestock
Double row of Austrees