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The importance of a diversified planting!

Trees and shrubs cleanse the air we breath, give us shade, and add value to our homes and businesses. Most species are very tough once they are established, which is why many native species have been around for thousands of years and remain largely unchanged. Unfortunately, we have learned that even some of the most grand species are not invincible from pests and pathogens. With good planning, you can mitigate against future losses attributed to diseases and bugs by following a few simple steps, which we will talk about below.

At Chief River Nursery, we consistently preach species diversity to our customers. Our nursery offers a large selection of conifers, hardwooods and shrubs to fit most land uses. We encourage our clients to mix it up a bit when planning their planting project, rather than sticking with a mass planting of one species type. We call this hedging your bets, pun intended.

Customers Joe and Mike had similar ideas for their separate planting projects. Both had recently purchased pieces of land in the same county, and wanted to add some privacy between themselves and their neighbors. They both decided to plant three rows of evergreens along their lot lines in order to make a living fence.

Joe was always a fan of Colorado Blue Spruce trees, and decided to plant a total of 300 of them. Mike also planted 300 trees, but decided to diversify his planting using a mix of 5 different evergreen species. Mike liked Colorado Blue Spruce too, but also added White Pine, Douglas Fir, Eastern Red Cedar and Black Hills Spruce to his planting. Both of them planted and cared for their trees, and several years later their lines of conifers were looking beautiful and serving their intended purpose.

One day, Joe was out walking the boundary of his property and noticed that one of his trees had lost many of its needles. Upon further inspection, several of his trees looked somewhat bare. He contacted a local arborist to come and look at the trees, and the arborist gave him some bad news. Joe’s trees had contracted a needle blight. This blight would cause Colorado Blue Spruce to drop their needles, and eventually perish. Over the next 5 years, Joe watched with dismay as every one of the 300 trees he planted lost their needles and died. Gone was his hard work and investment, and gone was all of the privacy he had watched develop over the last 12 years. How could this happen? He had done his homework, and there was no such problem with Colorado Blue Spruce in his area at the time of planting.

Mike was admiring his line of evergreens one autumn weekend, and noticed the same thing Joe had seen. Several of his trees were dropping their needles. When his research was complete, he discovered that some of his trees also had the needle blight. Mike’s arborist gave him some much better news though. The needle blight was confined to just one species, his Colorado Blue Spruce trees. The remaining 4 species were unaffected, and would survive and thrive on his property. Mike removed the dead and dying trees from his planting, and the rest of the trees filled in quite nicely. While Mike was disappointed that he lost 20% of his planting, he was extremely thankful he followed the rule of planting diversity 12 years ago. 240 of his 300 trees went on to flourish, and adequately provide the privacy he was always seeking.

While the specific story above is ficticious, the general scenario plays out routinely. Our nursery regularly fields calls from customers who are replacing large swaths of trees or shrubs that have been completely wiped out due to a pest or disease. Pests can be imported from other countries, diseases can be spread to new areas by unsuspecting campers simply transporting their campfire wood. Once pests have been introduced to an area, they can spread rapidly and leave a path of destruction in their wake. Take for instance the Emerald Ash Borer. It was discovered in SE Michigan in 2002. Prior to its discovery, no one knew this pest even existed. The Emerald Ash Borer has now spread to 30 states and portions of Canada, killing hundreds of millions of trees. The EAB is now considered the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America.

The next pest or disease that will inflict large losses on a certain species is just around the corner, but we may not know what it is yet. Taking precautionary measures now will ensure that you have what you want in terms of vegetation in the future. Be smart and be prepared. Plan your next planting project to include a diverse range of species. In addition to hedging your bets against a future unknown pest or disease, you will enjoy the differences that several varieties will bring to your planting.

Thank you for visiting the Chief River Nursery website. We’ve been serving customers since 1973 with a large variety of bare root evergreens, hardwoods, bushes and fruit bearing selections. Our passion is providing quality nursery stock at affordable prices. Whether you need 2 trees for your backyard, or 20,000+ for a government reforestation program, Chief River Nursery is ready to serve your needs. We look forward to earning your business, and giving you a customer service experience so good that you will tell your friends!

Please keep in mind our sister company, PottedTrees.com for your potted tree and shrub needs. We encourage you to view their potted selections at www.PottedTrees.com

By | 2017-09-01T09:46:07+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

Proudly announcing PottedTrees.com!

Chief River Nursery is excited to announce the launch of a new division, PottedTrees.com! From evergreens and edible fruit to landscaping plants, PottedTrees.com will offer a continually expanding selection of small potted trees and shrubs. For those looking for a tree or shrub that includes soil around its roots, our potted plants make a great choice for planting at home or in the field.  These healthy and hardy plants are shipped directly to your door, and come with a guarantee.

While the two companies will operate independently, both will share the same passion for providing quality nursery stock and unwavering customer service.  Please visit www.PottedTrees.com to see our initial selections, and be sure to share the word with your friends and family!

black hills spruce
duke blueberry
green giant arbor
By | 2017-09-01T09:45:30+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

Congratulations to our survey winners!

At the end of each season, our company sends out a survey to those who made a purchase from us during that period.  It’s a great way to stay in touch with our patrons.  It helps us gather valuable feedback on what we are doing right, and what we might improve.  For the season that ended in June 2016, we received approximately 1,300 survey completions.  96% of the respondents indicated that they planned on making another purchase from our nursery in the future.  The same number said they would recommend our company to friends and family.  Those are numbers we are proud of!

Survey respondents were entered into a random drawing, with winners allowed to choose between a $100 Visa gift card, or a $250 Chief River Nursery gift certificate.  Congratulations to the following drawing winners!

Debra Bergmann of Lawrence, Nebraska – $100 Visa gift card

Gary Kent of Albion, New York – $250 Chief River Nursery gift certificate

Ken Roberts of Oxford, Wisconsin – $250 Chief River Nursery gift certificate

Our next formal giveaway will be this winter.  Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook by searching out Chief River Nursery Co.  You may be the next $100 Visa gift card winner just for following us on Facebook!

By | 2017-09-01T09:42:09+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

The importance of a diversified planting!

Trees and shrubs cleanse the air we breath, give us shade, and add value to our homes and businesses. Most species are very tough once they are established, which is why many native species have been around for thousands of years and remain largely unchanged. Unfortunately, we have learned that even some of the most grand species are not invincible from pests and pathogens. With good planning, you can mitigate against future losses attributed to diseases and bugs by following a few simple steps, which we will talk about below.

At Chief River Nursery, we consistently preach species diversity to our customers. Our nursery offers a large selection of conifers, hardwooods and shrubs to fit most land uses. We encourage our clients to mix it up a bit when planning their planting project, rather than sticking with a mass planting of one species type. We call this hedging your bets, pun intended.

Customers Joe and Mike had similar ideas for their separate planting projects. Both had recently purchased pieces of land in the same county, and wanted to add some privacy between themselves and their neighbors. They both decided to plant three rows of evergreens along their lot lines in order to make a living fence.

Joe was always a fan of Colorado Blue Spruce trees, and decided to plant a total of 300 of them. Mike also planted 300 trees, but decided to diversify his planting using a mix of 5 different evergreen species. Mike liked Colorado Blue Spruce too, but also added White Pine, Douglas Fir, Eastern Red Cedar and Black Hills Spruce to his planting. Both of them planted and cared for their trees, and several years later their lines of conifers were looking beautiful and serving their intended purpose.

One day, Joe was out walking the boundary of his property and noticed that one of his trees had lost many of its needles. Upon further inspection, several of his trees looked somewhat bare. He contacted a local arborist to come and look at the trees, and the arborist gave him some bad news. Joe’s trees had contracted a needle blight. This blight would cause Colorado Blue Spruce to drop their needles, and eventually perish. Over the next 5 years, Joe watched with dismay as every one of the 300 trees he planted lost their needles and died. Gone was his hard work and investment, and gone was all of the privacy he had watched develop over the last 12 years. How could this happen? He had done his homework, and there was no such problem with Colorado Blue Spruce in his area at the time of planting.

Mike was admiring his line of evergreens one autumn weekend, and noticed the same thing Joe had seen. Several of his trees were dropping their needles. When his research was complete, he discovered that some of his trees also had the needle blight. Mike’s arborist gave him some much better news though. The needle blight was confined to just one species, his Colorado Blue Spruce trees. The remaining 4 species were unaffected, and would survive and thrive on his property. Mike removed the dead and dying trees from his planting, and the rest of the trees filled in quite nicely. While Mike was disappointed that he lost 20% of his planting, he was extremely thankful he followed the rule of planting diversity 12 years ago. 240 of his 300 trees went on to flourish, and adequately provide the privacy he was always seeking.

While the specific story above is ficticious, the general scenario plays out routinely. Our nursery regularly fields calls from customers who are replacing large swaths of trees or shrubs that have been completely wiped out due to a pest or disease. Pests can be imported from other countries, diseases can be spread to new areas by unsuspecting campers simply transporting their campfire wood. Once pests have been introduced to an area, they can spread rapidly and leave a path of destruction in their wake. Take for instance the Emerald Ash Borer. It was discovered in SE Michigan in 2002. Prior to its discovery, no one knew this pest even existed. The Emerald Ash Borer has now spread to 30 states and portions of Canada, killing hundreds of millions of trees. The EAB is now considered the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America.

The next pest or disease that will inflict large losses on a certain species is just around the corner, but we may not know what it is yet. Taking precautionary measures now will ensure that you have what you want in terms of vegetation in the future. Be smart and be prepared. Plan your next planting project to include a diverse range of species. In addition to hedging your bets against a future unknown pest or disease, you will enjoy the differences that several varieties will bring to your planting.

Thank you for visiting the Chief River Nursery website. We’ve been serving customers since 1973 with a large variety of bare root evergreens, hardwoods, bushes and fruit bearing selections. Our passion is providing quality nursery stock at affordable prices. Whether you need 2 trees for your backyard, or 20,000+ for a government reforestation program, Chief River Nursery is ready to serve your needs. We look forward to earning your business, and giving you a customer service experience so good that you will tell your friends!

Please keep in mind our sister company, PottedTrees.com for your potted tree and shrub needs. We encourage you to view their potted selections at www.PottedTrees.com

By | 2017-03-12T02:23:53+00:00 March 12th, 2017|

Proudly announcing PottedTrees.com!

Chief River Nursery is excited to announce the launch of a new division, PottedTrees.com! From evergreens and edible fruit to landscaping plants, PottedTrees.com will offer a continually expanding selection of small potted trees and shrubs. For those looking for a tree or shrub that includes soil around its roots, our potted plants make a great choice for planting at home or in the field.  These healthy and hardy plants are shipped directly to your door, and come with a guarantee.

While the two companies will operate independently, both will share the same passion for providing quality nursery stock and unwavering customer service.  Please visit www.PottedTrees.com to see our initial selections, and be sure to share the word with your friends and family!

Black Hills Spruce             Duke Blueberry             Green Giant Arb

By | 2017-09-01T10:38:08+00:00 October 28th, 2016|

Congratulations to our survey winners!

At the end of each season, our company sends out a survey to those who made a purchase from us during that period.  It’s a great way to stay in touch with our patrons.  It helps us gather valuable feedback on what we are doing right, and what we might improve.  For the season that ended in June 2016, we received approximately 1,300 survey completions.  96% of the respondents indicated that they planned on making another purchase from our nursery in the future.  The same number said they would recommend our company to friends and family.  Those are numbers we are proud of!

Survey respondents were entered into a random drawing, with winners allowed to choose between a $100 Visa gift card, or a $250 Chief River Nursery gift certificate.  Congratulations to the following drawing winners!

Debra Bergmann of Lawrence, Nebraska – $100 Visa gift card

Gary Kent of Albion, New York – $250 Chief River Nursery gift certificate

Ken Roberts of Oxford, Wisconsin – $250 Chief River Nursery gift certificate

Our next formal giveaway will be this winter.  Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook by searching out Chief River Nursery Co.  You may be the next $100 Visa gift card winner just for following us on Facebook!

By | 2016-10-10T23:12:49+00:00 October 10th, 2016|

Spring 2017 season has begun!

Dear Friends of Chief River Nursery,

Each year, we’re humbled by how our customers continue to raise our company to new levels.  The 2015-16 season was no different, as previous sales records were handily broken again.  2016 brought another round of exciting changes to Chief River Nursery.  In spring, a new warehouse was constructed and additional cold storage rooms were built inside.  In addition to gaining extra space for production, we now have the ability to contain nearly 2 million plants at a time.

Our 2016-17 season has kicked off with considerable enthusiasm.  This year we have added Dolgo Crabapple, Shellbark Hickory and Allegheny Serviceberry to our lineup, as well as Montmorency Cherry, Moorpark Apricot and Methley Plum.  We hope you enjoy our selections, as they expand each season to meet your requests.

Our goals at Chief River Nursery are quite simple.  Provide healthy and hardy plants at favorable prices.  Treat our customers with the kindness and respect they deserve, while responding to their needs promptly.

Our commitment to providing quality plants at reasonable prices as well as excellent customer service has not changed.  Whether you need 2 trees or 20,000, Chief River Nursery is positioned well to serve you.  We thank you for your continued business trust.

Your planting friends,

Dean and Sheila Koch

 

 

By | 2016-09-26T17:52:42+00:00 September 26th, 2016|

Our new construction is underway!

Customers like you have made our business a big success! A new expansion is well underway at our office and shipping facility in Grafton, WI. The new addition will add on over 6,000 square feet of much needed warehouse space to our operations. Two state of the art cooler rooms will also be built inside, adding nearly 12,000 cubic feet of cold storage. This will bring our total cold storage area to over 30,000 cubic feet, enough to store nearly 2 Million tree seedlings at a time!

We thank you for your continued patronage, your word of mouth support about the quality trees we sell and our focus on customer service continues to spread. We hear from new customers who have been referred by family or friends several times each day.

Steel frame in place

Steel frame in place

Steel frame in place

Steel frame in place

Walls are next!

Walls are next!

By | 2016-03-06T12:38:40+00:00 March 6th, 2016|

Exciting new species for the 2015-16 season!

Domestic Apple

Domestic Apples

The Chief River Nursery online store is open and taking orders for delivery in Spring of 2016!  We are very excited to have added several new species for this season.  We hope you enjoy our ever growing selection.  As always, if you don’t see something you are looking for, please let us know.  We take customer suggestions to heart.

Domestic Apple – This is an excellent and inexpensive option for wildlife apple trees.  This wild apple will produce a food source for many types of wildlife.  A must have for hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.

Bigtooth Aspen – Leaves tremble like its cousin the Quaking Aspen.  Disease and pest resistant, and provides a great food source for many birds and mammals.

Concolor Fir – This tree is becoming more and more popular as a Christmas tree since it is more heat tolerant than some other selections.  Works great in the home landscape and has many other uses.

Gray Dogwood

Gray Dogwood

Gray Dogwood – This highly adaptable shrub grows almost anywhere including wet and shady areas.  Produces clusters of flowers in the spring and white berries that game and song birds enjoy!

American Sycamore – This giant of a tree exhibits exfoliating bark that resembles camouflage.  Give this fast growing tree some room to grow and enjoy the shade it produces.

Magenta Crabapple – This USDA release was designed for small windbreaks and roadside beautification.  This tree will produce flowers in spring and crabapples will be eaten in fall and winter by many types of birds.

Yellow Birch bark

Yellow Birch bark

Yellow Birch – Another birch option this year, this tree has shiny golden bronze bark which peels naturally.  Has excellent wildlife value and brilliant yellow fall foliage as a bonus!

Black Chokeberry – This small to medium sized shrub offers something for all forms of wildlife.  Flowers for bees, and the berries are used by many birds, deer and small mammals.  Berries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and can be used for making juices and jellies after being cooked.

Common Persimmon – This highly adaptable tree is known for its orange colored fruit.  The persimmons are eaten by deer and a host of birds and small animals.  Bark resembling alligator skin adds winter interest.

Bluecrop Blueberry

Bluecrop Blueberry

Bluecrop Blueberry – This easy to grow blueberry bush is a heavy producer for weeks in the summer.  Blueberries taste great fresh or frozen, and work very well in pies and cobblers.

Somerset Seedless Grape – Large crops of red seedless grapes are sure to please!  Grapes have a strawberry-like flavor and only get sweeter the longer you let them ripen.

Ayers Pear – A southern favorite, this self pollinating pear tree will grow in zones 5 to 8.  Pears are smooth and sweet, and will melt in your mouth.  A vigorous grower that is disease resistant.

Cortland Apple – A cousin to the McIntosh, the Cortland apple makes a great choice for eating out of hand and pie making.  Sliced apples will not brown easily, making it a great choice for salads.

By | 2015-09-26T15:41:52+00:00 September 26th, 2015|

Exciting new species & products for the 2014-15 season!

We have added some great species and products to the lineup for the 2014-15 season! 

  • Fuji Apple Tree – Great for eating fresh, making cider or using in salads!
  • Speckled Alder – Good choice for wetter areas where you want wildlife!
  • Techny Arborvitae – A favorite Arborvitae which is shorter and wider than others!

We have also added SunFlex grow tubes for the protection of your hardwood seedlings!

 

By | 2014-10-26T11:43:57+00:00 October 26th, 2014|