Ruppert Nurseries

Fall Digging Hazards

August 21, 2014

We have all heard that some trees cannot be dug in the fall right? So which trees and why not? Seems like everyone has a different opinion. Yet there seems to be very little actual research and or concrete data. Here at Ruppert Nurseries we have been studying the issue for several years and have reached out to many of our fellow growers and other professionals for input. Here are my thoughts on why some trees are more difficult than others to transplant in the fall. Some evergreens can struggle with fall planting if they have not completely “re-rooted” into…

Landscape Faux Pas

Have you ever found yourself with an article of clothing in your closet that you just can’t seem to figure out how to wear? Maybe the cuffs on the pants are too wide, the waist too high, the shoulder pad too broad, or the color just simply not right.  The realization that your great fashion idea turns out to be a bad one is a huge bummer; made even worse when it’s an expensive mistake!  Like fashion faux pas, so too there are landscape faux pas.   As industry professionals it is our duty to help our friends, neighbors and family…

Ruppert Nurseries Deer Dogs

June 17, 2014

Deer Control…gone to the dogs. Montgomery County Maryland is a terrific location for a tree farm. Great soil, climate, rainfall and close to our primary markets. Unfortunately, the deer also think it is a great location. Ruppert Nurseries is located within Montgomery Counties Agricultural Reserve. 93,000 acres set aside in 1980 to be preserved as farmland. Because of this, the deer habitat and food sources are plentiful. Deer are responsible for millions of dollars in damage to crops and property, including the high quality trees growing here at Ruppert Nurseries. You can ask any sheep herder if a border collie…

What Has This Tree Endured?

June 3, 2014

Humans suffer injuries every day. Spend an hour in your local emergency room some day and you’ll see broken arms, head wounds, perhaps even something more grave and life threatening.  Sometimes a human wound can heal, sometimes not so well. Many of us know people who’s injured parts never work quite the same after their accidents. Hands that just won’t grasp a pencil, legs that won’t bend, hearts that can’t handle stairs any longer.  Doctors often say that people who are in good health, eat well, don’t smoke, and exercise are more likely to heal better than those that do.…

Bare Root Tree Moving

May 28, 2014

It’s no secret that tree planting plays a key role in sustainable landscaping. The method of planting is just as important as the act of planting itself. Modern methods of moving and replanting trees from nurseries now include bare rooting trees. This article highlights several eco-friendly ways to plant and move bare root trees. Smaller trees use hydro gel dips to extend bare root tree storage time and allow more tree species to be moved bare root. When coated on tree roots, hydro gel locks in moisture and helps prevent the roots from drying out. Harvested trees ready for shipment…

Using Native Plants

May 22, 2014

The concept of planting native species continues to grow in popularity in the landscape industry.  I understand the theory that if you plant something that grows naturally in your area, it should perform better.  The fact is; that concept is true in some cases and not in others.  Ruppert Nurseries grows many native plants however you should not limit your plant selection by using only native plants. They are not always the best choice.  As professionals we have to be able to look past the broad concept and analyze each situation.  The native movement is rooted in the broader desire…

Ruppert Going Greener

April 23, 2014

Ruppert Nurseries- Finding Ways to go Greener Ruppert Nurseries has long been in the business of making a positive impact on the environment. Over the years, Ruppert Nurseries has planted more than 150,000 trees. With more than 70,000 trees being grown on 600 acres, it’s safe to say that Ruppert Nurseries is always on the lookout for green initiatives, but is definitely not new to the green movement. In fact, at the heart of Ruppert Nurseries are green processes and behaviors. As technology evolves and greater insight is gained into the processes that are carried out, Ruppert Nurseries is constantly finding new ways to…

Signs of Spring

April 22, 2014

As I walked to the mailbox this AM to grab the newspaper, bundled up in coat, hat, gloves, scarf I cursed the damn groundhog.  When will spring ever get here?!  Curse, curse, curse you damn groundhog.  Why is the mailbox so far away? Why does it have to be so cold this AM?  Why do my slippers not seem warm enough to make this long walk this AM? Why does my neighbor get to have the mailboxes closer to his house than mine? When will the snow banks around my mailbox every melt?  Curse, curse, curse. But then out of…

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