Ruppert Nurseries

We Move Big Trees!

February 25, 2015

Not only does Ruppert move big trees but we do it in many different and equally impressive ways! The red oak on the right is being transplanted to a new home on the farm offering this tree a root prune and an opportunity for us to organize our fields. The red oak on the left is being hand dug and boxed. It will be lifted with a crane once the box is done.  This tree will soon be in its new home on Long Island. Great job guys!                        …

Losing Weight

February 17, 2015

Losing Weight  We’ve all been there. In fact, many of us are there now. You know what I mean. That winter realization that while it may be frigid now, soon it will be time to wear shorts and bathing suits. Oh, no. Oh, uh… hmmmm. Suddenly like a near death experience where your whole life flashes before your eyes your holiday diet (or lack thereof) appears like a horrible nightmare you can’t forget! Eggnog, cake, cookies, candy, cheese, cocktails. It all tasted so good at the time. But now… reality. So, we muster the energy and the courage to squeeze…

TLC for your Winter Garden (or how not to kill your plants during the Polar Vortex)

December 18, 2014

TLC for your Winter Garden (or how not to kill your plants during the Polar Vortex) With Old Man Winter bearing down upon us, now is a good time to take some important steps to protect your plants from the cold wind and snow. A little work now, will often save many of your valuable plants from winter burn, bud loss and leaf drop. Most deciduous plants (those that lose all their leaves) are created to perfectly withstand winter. They drop their leaves in the fall, their starches coalesce in the roots and they go into a state of hibernation…

Good Night Nursery – A Holiday Nursery Rhyme

Good Night Nursery A Holiday Nursery Rhyme On a great big farm there was an evergreen and a red roof and a picture of a man standing on a rootball. And there were three green clad folks pruning some oaks And two little cats who chased all the rats And a little blue tractor and a pigtail adapter And a spade and a gator and a specialty truck And a (not always so quiet) lady who was (probably not whispering), “Yuck!” Goodnight farm Goodnight Barn Goodnight crazy dogs guarding the trees Goodnight leaves blowing in the winter breeze Goodnight folks,…

Planting Near Power Lines

November 14, 2014

Tree experts and utility companies suggest that people plant trees with a mature height of 25 feet or less near power lines, with taller trees kept farther away. Though taller trees are sometimes acceptable near power lines, they usually need drastic pruning to keep lines clear, which can be expensive and unsightly. See the picture below for guidelines on mature tree height and spacing away from overhead power lines. There are a wide variety of small tree species and cultivars that can be planted near power lines and other places where a small tree may be needed. For example, paperbark…

Shifting Gears at Ruppert Nurseries

November 10, 2014

Shifting Gears Jack London once said, “Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear?” Looking back at the year that was, it is easy to feel this way. Projects planned and yet somehow not completed, sales projected but perhaps fallen short, Coulda, woulda, shoulda….. . Yet as Jack London reminds us, the wheel turns and life moves forward. And so we find ourselves suddenly in November. Autumn is all around us. From the buzz of summer and early fall we now settle into the comfort of deep autumn. Not quite winter…

To Root Prune or Not to Root Prune? That is the Question

October 22, 2014

To Root Prune or Not to Root Prune?  That is the Question One of the most frequently asked questions at Ruppert Nurseries is, “How often do you root prune?”  This is a tricky question and one for which I wish there were a more clear cut (No pun intended!) answer. First; let’s dispel a myth.  Ready? Ok, here it is.. We do NOT root prune every tree in the nursery.  (Take a minute and digest that one, sit down if you need to).  Now that you are over the shock, I’ll tell you why we don’t. Let’s talk for a…

How to Find Success Planting Trees on Your Projects

October 5, 2014

There are few things Landscape Architects (LAs) can do for a project that make more of an impact than planting quality trees. With that said, many times the way the planting turns out is very different than what was envisioned. So here are a few steps that can be taken and some general tree info that will help make your vision a reality and give your clients great end projects. “Tree planting is always a utopian enterprise, it seems to me, a wager on a future the planter doesn’t necessarily expect to witness.” ― Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s…

Going Incognito

September 21, 2014

Nearly everyone I know has wished at some point in the lives that they could be invisible. Children dream of this as their superhero power. Imagine what you could get away with if no one saw you take the cookie from the jar, write on the wall, or drip fruit punch all the way from the fridge to the table? For those of us who wear a uniform day in and day out, the similarity our uniform provides also provides a certain level of anonymity. Take a group photo of most landscape companies staff members and you’ll have to zoom…

Ruppert Nurseries Promotes Ronda Roemmelt to Sales Manager

September 3, 2014

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Damascus, MD. August 20, 2014 – Ruppert Nurseries, a wholesale nursery that is dedicated to producing the highest quality plant material has promoted Ronda Roemmelt to the company’s Sales Manager. Ronda rejoined the Ruppert family in December of 2012 as the sales representative for Virginia, Maryland, DC, Delaware and all Ruppert Landscape customers.  Ronda will take on her new management role and duties immediately but will continue to service her territory and customers while leading the fiver person sales team. Ronda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a minor in Horticulture from Penn…

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