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Associations Involvment

October 18th, 2016

We love to be involved with associations for the help of our customers as well as out industry. Listed are the awesome associations we are members of….

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Fall Color Holding Yard Tour

October 18th, 2016

This time of year is beautiful! We love all the wonderful Fall colors the trees give off. It is what our customers anticipate each year with their wonderful new trees. Take a tour with Marlee as she goes through the holding yard and shows off all the beautiful leaf colors on our Maple trees. There are different varieties of Maple tree which give off different colors in the Fall. What a site to see, GOLD, ORANGE, RED, sometimes a mixture of everything. Check it out…FALL COLOR TOUR!

Quick Holding Yard Tour

September 12th, 2016

Virtual Tour

Take a Quick Tour through our nursery holding yard and see trees that are available for planting.  You’ll see Streetkeeper Honeylocust, Swamp White Oak, Dawn Redwood, Niobe Weeping Willow, Bloodgood Japanese Maple, multi-stem Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry as well as Cleveland Select Ornamental Pear and more. If you have never seen a Purple Fountain Beech tree you have to see this video. Purple Fountain Beech are very unique trees that add a ton of character to any yard. Keep watching to the very end to see the magnificent Purple Fountian Beech.

Thank you for taking a tour through our holding yard.

That old spot might not be the best home for your new tree

August 1st, 2016

July 31, 2016

Once it was a favorite tree. Now it’s just a pile of wood chips where a stump was ground out.

Many homeowners are eager to replace a tree that had to be removed because of emerald ash borer or other causes. But don’t rush to replant in the same spot, said Meghan Midgley, soil scientist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. “That’s not likely to be the best place for your new tree to succeed,” she said. Read more

Coal City Green 2016

April 14th, 2016

We are very proud to announce our Coal City Green program for 2016! This year on Arbor Day, Fri Apr 29, we will be partnering with local partners, ComEd & Davey Resource Group to plant 90 trees across the community of Coal City.

In the wake of the devastating tornado last summer, thousands of trees were lost. Several local partners have joined together to help make Coal City GREEN again! The trees planted in the tornado destroyed neighborhoods can now begin to rise up & bring new life to the city streets.

We also have an exciting update about the CommuniTrees Partner Program with! Purchases from the program last year have already begun to benefit the streets of Coal City! On this Arbor Day Spring Grove Nursery & will be using the trees earned through the CommuniTrees Partner Program to replant Broadway Street. We will be donating & planting trees along the stretch of Broadway that used to be lined with so many beautiful big trees. Once again, you will begin to see some new life rise up & grace your city streets.

In an effort to rebuild a healthy urban canopy, the trees have been especially selected to provide beauty & shade for many years to come. You will notice that shorter, utilityfriendly trees will be planted along the east side under the utility lines. Shade trees will line the west side. We specifically picked out a diverse selection of trees instead of lining the street with all of the same kind of trees. This will insure that the canopy will be healthy for many years to come & will not be subject to disease or pests that feed on a certain tree which might jeopardize the trees in the future. The variety of trees will also add beauty & changing features throughout the seasons. We hope that you enjoy the new canopy as it grows & flourishes along Broadway!

Please check out our links about the Coal City plantings to learn more about how you too can help Coal City grow GREEN again!

Coal City Green Webpage

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Arbor Day is Coming Up!

April 14th, 2016

National Arbor Day is coming up Friday April 29!  Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 and is celebrated every spring around the world. The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s.  Among pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton from Detroit. He and his wife were lovers of nature, and the home they established in Nebraska was quickly planted with trees, shrubs and flowers.

Morton was a journalist and soon became editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper. Given that forum, he spread agricultural information and his enthusiasm for trees to an equally enthusiastic audience.  His fellow pioneers missed their trees. But, more importantly, trees were needed as windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel and building materials, and for shade from the hot sun.

Morton not only advocated tree planting by individuals in his articles and editorials, but he also encouraged civic organizations and groups to join in. His prominence in the area increased, and he became secretary of the Nebraska Territory, which provided another opportunity to stress the value of trees.

Do your part & plant a tree today!

The Quick 10: 10 Trees that Changed the World

June 5th, 2012

Obviously we love trees here at, and we take every opportunity to promote their value & importance to our communities.  We recently ran across an interesting article brought to us by the Alliance for Community Trees.  It is titled “The Quick 10: 10 Trees that Changed the World.”

Here’s the list at a glance:

  • Walt Disney’s Dreaming Tree
  • Anne Franks’s Horsechestnut Tree
  • Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree
  • Wall Street Buttonwood Tree
  • Revolutionary War Mercer Oak
  • Geneseo Big Tree - Treaty of Big Tree
  • Royal Oak
  • Queen Elizabeth Oak
  • Tree of Hippocrates

Take a look at the article link below - it’s pretty cool…

The Quick 10: 10 Trees that Changed the World

Get Ready for Spring Planting Season

February 10th, 2012

Spring is a great time to plant trees, and at you can plant your way to a colorful spring display! The spring season is a perfect time to plant trees: the weather is mild, and the trees respond well to transplanting this time of year. When trees are planted in the spring, they can start growing right away and recieve nourishing spring rains. This helps them establish well before the following summer season. Experts agree that spring planting is an excellent option for tree planting.

Spring is best known for colorful blooms in the landscape, and at we have a spectacular array of trees to choose from! If you are looking for more color in your yard this spring, then click on our Flowering Trees category at for an assortment of fantastic spring choices. Our selection of locally grown trees is sure to have the spring colors you are looking for. Join us this spring & plant a tree and watch your yard transform into a beautiful explosion of color!

Trees Grow Dollar Signs

August 9th, 2011

Growers must convey the value of trees.

KELLI RODDA June 23, 2011

It’s time for trees to be the powerhouse of the industry. Sales have been minimal while nursery burn and compost piles have been excessive. It’s been a frightening and maddening situation.

As the downturn slowly rights itself, albeit painfully slowly, tree growers need to push the message of the value of trees to anyone with a pulse. Trees are a necessity, not a luxury.

Study after study points to the millions of dollars trees provide in benefits to cities.

  • The New York City Parks Department determined the nearly 600,000 street trees in its five boroughs provide an annual benefit of $122 million—more than five times the cost of maintaining them.
  • Studies by Geoffrey Donovan, an economist and research forester at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, and David Butry, an economist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, found that Portland’s street trees have a capital value of $1.1 billion, which translates to $45 million in benefits annually.
  • The Ohio State University Extension’s Why Trees Matter Signature Program discovered Toledo’s street trees provide $15.1 million in annual benefits, including energy benefits (electricity and natural gas savings) and stormwater remediation.
  • In Minneapolis, street trees resulted in savings of $6.8 million in energy costs and $9.1 million in stormwater treatment. The trees also increased property values by $7.1 million.
  • Shade trees in Washington, D.C. provide more than $10 million in annual carbon, air quality, stormwater, energy and property value benefits.

Although these amounts are impressive, let’s take it down to the homeowner level. Tell the buyer how trees put money back in their accounts.

Homes shaded by trees have 10-30 percent savings in air conditioning costs compared to homes without shade. And homes with trees sell for an average of 10-20 percent more.

The city of Portland wants to plant 33,000 yard trees and 50,000 street trees by July 2013 as part of its five-year, $50 million Grey to Green initiative. The city’s Treebate program offers a utility-bill credit to homeowners who plant trees in their yards. And it’s still funded for this year. Applications will be available in September.

These are quantitative dollar amounts that consumers can grasp.

Bailey Nurseries in St. Paul, Minn., created a tag and point-of-purchase program called Trees are Cool. The program informs customers that a healthy tree cools the air equivalent to 10 room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

Urban trees also provide natural resource management jobs including tree inventory, inspection and care, landscape maintenance, and environmental impact field work and planning.

Street trees benefit business. Studies show that consumers are willing to spend 12 percent more in stores with trees in front of them than without.

Other benefits
Spring Grove Nursery in Mazon, Ill., touts the benefits of its trees to current and future customers. Owners Becky and Jamie Thomas spend a lot of time at schools teaching children how trees clean air pollution, provide oxygen and offer a home for wildlife. The Thomases also teach the school-agers how to plant and care for trees in the landscape.
“Being involved in the community and making sure our trees are part of the community is important to our business,” Becky said in between sessions at the ANLA Management Clinic this year.

Treed neighborhoods reduce crime compared to those without trees. Research also shows that trees reduce stress in the homes, schools and even behind the wheel.

The message must be simple. Use a couple of talking points that speak to the customer’s wallet and their conscience. There’s no need to use scientific terms such as amelioration or transpiration.

Possible partnerships
The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) was created to promote sustainable land development and management practices that can apply to sites with and without buildings including. And trees are an integral part of these projects, such as local, state and national parks; conservation easements and buffer zones; transportation rights-of-way; industrial, retail and office parks; military complexes; airports; and public and private campuses.

SITES will provide tools for those who influence land development and management practices and can address increasingly urgent global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion. They can be used by those who design, construct, operate and maintain landscapes, including but not limited to planners, landscape architects, engineers, developers, builders, maintenance crews, horticulturists, governments, land stewards and organizations offering building standards.

This effort began as separate projects of the Sustainable Design and Development Professional Practice Network of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. In 2005, the two groups joined forces to hold a Sustainable Sites Summit in Austin, Texas.

In 2006, the United States Botanical Garden (USBG) joined as a major partner in the Initiative. A Steering Committee representing 11 stakeholder groups was selected to guide the Initiative.

There are more than 150 projects participating in the SITES two-year Pilot Program through June 2012. These projects represent a diverse cross-section of project types, sizes and geographic locations in various stages of development from design to construction and maintenance.

One of the SITES pilot projects is Casey Trees’ offices in Washington, D.C. The Casey Trees Brookland headquarters design uses trees to maximize canopy cover and manage stormwater. The site design showcases trees in various applications including infiltration planters for trees along 90 linear feet of sidewalk, two rain gardens with a diverse planting of trees and soil cells that create large soil volume for tree growth under the sidewalk. At maturity, the tree canopy will increase by 25 percent. The goal of the project is to demonstrate what is possible when public and non-profit institutions work together.

Get ready for Fall Planting Season!

August 9th, 2011

Fall is a great time to plant trees, and at you can plant your way to a colorful fall display!  The fall season is a perfect time to plant trees: the weather is mild, and the trees respond well to transplanting this time of year.  When trees are planted in the fall, they get a jump start on all of the early spring rain the following season. This helps them establish well before the following summer season.  Experts agree that fall planting is an excellent option for tree planting.

Fall is best known for brilliant colors in the landscape, and at we have a spectacular array of trees to choose from! If you are looking for more color in your yard this fall, then click on our Fall Color Trees category at for an assortment of fantastic fall color choices.  Our selection of locally grown trees is sure to have the fall colors you are looking for.  Join us this fall & plant a tree and watch your yard transform into a beautiful explosion of color!

  • "Working with iTrees made our landscaping experience so much easier! Since we didn't know much about design, they helped us place and plant the trees we bought online. Changing our home's yard was a breeze!"

    - Bridgette Miller

  • " was one of the few places I could find that sold large trees. When I needed privacy from the street at my new home, buying trees online and them having them delivered and planted for me was the perfect quick fix."

    - Richard Powell


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