The Early Bird gets the Worm… or the Tree?
Written by: Keith Glaznap, ISA Certified Arborist WI-0678A
Posted: 2022 | Fall | Tree and Shrub Planting
Have you ever found yourself wondering, “where has the time gone”? If you said, yes, I think that you are probably among the majority of us. Who of us hasn’t found ourselves remembering to do something at the last minute only to find that the opportunity we were originally hoping for had already passed us by?
Well, I am here to try and help make sure that this doesn’t happen to you. If you are thinking of planting a new tree, freshening up your landscape, or even replacing your existing landscape be sure to speak with your Wachtel Tree Science arborist months ahead of time, if possible.
Why must you secure your planting plans so far ahead?
- Planting tends to be a relatively high demand service at Wachtel Tree Science. Our planting strategy being relatively unique, takes the proper care and effort to provide your new tree the best opportunity to have a rich and full life. This and the personal touch you will receive are what sets us apart and makes our planting so popular. As a result of our planting popularity, by the time we reach May we will likely be booking new work into August or even September. To schedule planting in May it is best to contact us by October of the previous year.
- The “Great Recession” of 2008 lasted through about 2014 and resulted in low demand for trees and tighter budgets for nurseries. Nurseries were forced to plant significantly fewer trees during most of this period. Once we came out of the recession the demand for planting trees skyrocketed and it continues to this day. With lower numbers of “consumer age” trees available and extremely high demand, nurseries burn through their available trees pretty quickly each season. Trees are assigned to clients on a first come, first serve basis so the “early bird gets the worm”, or in this case, the tree.
We do expect tree numbers available at nurseries to eventually recover. Nurseries have been planting far more trees since the economy recovered and they should soon be back to full capacity.
Making plans to plant your trees far in advance will not only improve your chances of getting the trees that you want, but it may also help you to secure your planting at a time of year that best suits you. Our fall planting schedule is nearly full for 2022 so if you are thinking of planting a tree next spring, don’t hesitate to contact your Wachtel Tree Science arborist today. We would be happy to help you be that early bird!