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Greatest Italian Mysteries

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Volume I Recently, Kelly Lewis and I were fortunate to travel to Italy with a group of American Nurserymen to visit a group of Italian nurseries where we were given unprecedented access to their operations. We met with owners, growers, field workers and sales people...

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Love, Trees

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Gosh, I love trees. Well, now if that isn’t a corny statement if I ever heard one then I don’t know what is!  But it’s true. I really, really, genuinely love trees. I don’t remember when I first knew I loved trees. It seems as...

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The Art and Science of Multi-tasking… Or Not!

Posted on: May 3, 2016

As a busy mom of three active kids with a demanding job (that also happens to be an hour from my home), and someone who also enjoys exercise, and cooking, oh and sleep, I feel qualified to teach a graduate level course on multi-tasking! At...

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Wait, I Wasn’t Ready!

Posted on: March 6, 2016

In a previous blog, I wrote about falling into the mellow groove of winter. I wrote about the seemingly endless months of cold weather where we strive to accomplish the minutia of winter.  Filing, cleaning, planning and preparation.  We have months to get these important...

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Dead Wood

Posted on: January 16, 2016

“Pruning is a joyous art of cutting away the spent to make light and space for new life.” -K. Elting Brock Welcome to 2016. It seems that winter has finally decided to show up. And so now the frenetic pace of 2015 has begun to...

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Industry-Wide Tree Shortages Continue in Fall 2015

Posted on: July 23, 2015

The shortages in the tree market that have plagued our industry are not over yet.  Our customers can expect to see a lack of material particularly in smaller sized (2.0-3.5”) at least through spring of 2016.  Inventory continues to be very tight on these sizes...

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Marker Trees

Posted on: July 22, 2015

We are all searching for signs in our lives.  Which way do I go on this highway? Where should I live? Where should I work?  We take internet quizzes to tell us what career we should have and what kind of dog we would be...

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We Move Big Trees!

Posted on: 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...

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Losing Weight

Posted on: 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....

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TLC for your Winter Garden (or How Not to Kill Your Plants During the Polar Vortex)

Posted on: 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...

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