Frequently Asked Questions

What is my hardyness zone?

In Iowa we try to stick with plants that are zone four and five, primarily due to our long, cold winters.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Do plants come with a warranty?

Short answer, no, and our prices reflect that. We aren’t including an insurance plan in the price you pay. Unless you completely ignore your recently installed plants, you shouldn’t have a problem. With that said, mother nature does do some unpredictable things. We care about our customers’ experience and will do everything we can to keep our customers coming back.

How do I plant a balled and burlapped tree or shrub?

It is important to KEEP THE WIRE AND BURLAP ON. Do not remove the wire or burlap. The wire will rust and our untreated burlap will rot in no time at all. The new hair roots will grow through the burlap without a problem.

Dig a hole as deep as the rootball is on the plant and a few inches wider as it is wide- we like to measure with a tape measure to be accurate. The top of the rootball, once set into the hole, should be flush with the top of the ground.

After the tree or shrub is set into your hole cut and remove the the strings and burlap from the top of the ball.

How much do I water?

Watering is critical to ensure newly installed plants get off to a healthy start.
We recommend the following watering schedule for medium sized plants:

Week one – five gallons, everyday
Week two – five gallons, every other day
Week three and beyond – five gallons once per week though the summer (if planted in the spring) or until frozen ground (if planted in the fall)

For small plants, use two gallons, with the same frequency as listed above
For Large plants, use ten gallons, with the same frequency as listed above

When should I prune my tree?

The best time to prune your tree is in the late winter months after a majority of the extreme cold days are past (i.e. Late January through early March).

How do I prune my tree?

It is important to remove any secondary central leaders on both conifer and deciduous trees. That is, there should only be one, main trunk from the base of the tree to the very top.Pruning is often necessary in the early years to establish a strong, healthy tree in the future.

We do not recommend pruning your windbreak conifer trees’ branching because it will alter the way the wind blows through and around the tree, hindering the design of the windbreak altogether.

When pruning deciduous trees, the general rule of thumb is to remove no more than one third of the tree’s branches in a single year. It is primarily a personal preference as to how high you want to prune up from the ground. Typically, homeowners will stop pruning when they are able to mow the grass under the tree without hitting their head – pretty smart actually.

Should I mulch around my trees?

Mulching is important for two reasons:

1) Mulching around your tree or shrub suppresses the weeds from growing around your plant. Other than weeds being unsightly, they will rob the moisture and nutrients from your plant.

2) Mulch will hold the soil at a warmer temperature, longer, therefor allowing the roots a longer growing season.

Should I fertilize my trees?

In Iowa it is rare to find soil that needs fertilizer. We typically don’t recommend fertilizing, however should your newly planted tree need help establishing itself, we recommend slow, time-released fertilizer spikes.

How do I keep the deer away?

Deer, unfortunately, are our biggest pest too. We have tried every trick in the book, but our dogs have done the best at keeping them away. Some of the methods are (as barbaric as they may seem):

  • Adding white tree-guards to deciduous trees
  • Building an electric fence
  • Spreading human hair clippings
  • Surrounding the property with high-strength fishing line (deer can’t see the line and it spooks them when they feel it)

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