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Advertisement written by William H. Moon

Fri, 01/23/2009 — Beth

An old advertisement for ornamental and fruiting trees, written by William H. MOON, was recently found and posted online.  This was scanned from an original issue of the New-York Weekly Tribune newspaper dated April 30, 1879 and you can see it online here.

TAGS:   advertisement, newspaper, William H. Moon, trees, 1879
Category:   On the Farm

Presidential Inaugural Tree Planting

Thu, 01/22/2009 — Beth

Akehurst Landscape Service, a family business located in Joppa, MD, was contacted by representatives of the Presidential Inauguration Committe to install the Inaugural Tree for President Barack Obama. The tree planting ceremony took place on Monday, January 19th commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. A White Oak was provided by MOON Nurseries and planted at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Washington D.C.  Read more...

TAGS:   moon nurseries, trees, plantings, inauguration, Washington DC
Category:   Prominent Plantings

Quality and Reputation

Tue, 01/06/2009 — Anna

Moon Nurseries has been lining fields for more than 240 years! Can you believe that? It's true. Though we may have hit some rough patches (depression anyone?) through the years, Moon Nurseries is one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) nursery in the country.

Todd Davis from NM Pro recently summarized our history in "Moon Banks on Quality and Reputation" published in 2007 in NM Pro magazine.  Read more now!

TAGS:   moon nurseries, trees, east coast, NM Pro, nursery
Category:   On the Farm

Managing Your Nursery Stock

Mon, 01/05/2009 — Anna


If you're like most landscape contractors, you're constantly juggling your nursery stock. Sure, in an ideal world the plants you need arrive on-site just as you've dug the last hole. But we all know, this just isn't always possible. Multiple vendors, shipping logistics, labor scheduling... how do you make sure your nursery stock is arriving on the job in its best condition?

The following article "Managing Your Nursery Stock" was originally published in Lawn and Landscape in 2002. The same rules apply - its only 5, 6, 7 (!) years later - and truthfully its probably even more important today.  Clients are going to watch every dollar and pinch every penny. Don't waste your margins or your reputation on poor plant material.  Plant and care for the best material from the start.

Exerpt from "Managing Your Nursery Stock":

Strong, healthy plant material is the heart of any landscape project, and managing your nursery stock can be the most important factor in cultivating your landscape company’s reputation.

Whether you purchase your material from a wholesale yard, a garden center or directly from the grower, the source of your material is paramount in long-term plant success. Buy from suppliers that share the same standards of quality that you want your company to project. To revisit the old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words," your first visual impression of a supplier’s facility is most likely the right one. It should be clean and orderly. Plant material should be clearly labeled, properly spaced and easy to find. Sales staff should be knowledgeable and available to answer questions related to their material. Also, choose a supplier with quick product turnover – one that is constantly bringing in fresh material.

If you are fortunate enough to have large lead times for your projects, try to get the first pick of the material. When a project is too large for your local wholesale yard or requires large caliper specimen trees, consider buying directly from a grower. This allows you to inspect and tag material in the field months in advance....For more visit Lawn and Landscape.

TAGS:   nursery, cultural practices, landscape contractor, wholesale nursery
Category:   On the Farm

What Lies Beneath

Mon, 01/05/2009 — Anna

Root systems are quite easily overlooked. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not always. This article takes you back to your HORT 101 class.  And it's good reading for those of us who may be just a few decades away from that last class. :)

This article was originally published in March of 2003 in Lawn and Landscape. It is packed with great information, and jeesh! it took me at least a week to write, so no complaining, spend 10 minutes here and freshen up!

Excerpt from "What Lies Beneath": 

As a component of a universal three-part plant system, including roots, stems and leaves, roots often take the behind-the-scenes supportive roles essential to total production, but far from the limelight of recognition and celebrity. Leaves – the photosynthesizing plant organs – are typically the show stars, receiving not only all of the hype and acclaim for their performance, but also the "oohs" and "aahs" over their aesthetic appearance. Therefore, the root system of a vascular plant may be one of the most oversimplified and underappreciated organs in living history.

ROOT DOWN. A root system’s primary functions are anchorage and the absorption of water and minerals. The secondary functions include storing water and minerals and producing shoot growth hormones. A plant is comprised of an above ground shoot system, which includes the stem or trunk and leaves, and a below ground root system. The stem or trunk supports the photosynthesizing plant organs – the leaves. These organs function with the help of a highly developed vascular system, which consists of two conductive tissues – xylem and phloem that exist together and circulate through the entire plant. Xylem transports water up from the roots to the leaves and phloem distributes food throughout the plant.

Growth within the root system is two-part. Primary growth originates from the apical meristem – an area of perpetually embryonic cell tissue. Apical meristems are located at the tips of roots and shoots and manufacture the plant’s extension growth. Secondary growth, which thickens the roots, originates from the vascular cambium and the cork cambium, two lateral meristems..... For the complete article visit Lawn and Landscape.

TAGS:   root systems, roots, plants, trees, growth
Category:   On the Farm

Pruning Tips for Great Nursery Stock!

Mon, 01/05/2009 — Anna

Okay, okay. We're reaching back a few years here, but the same rules still apply. (And we need content to kick off our new blog!) This article "Pruning Power" was published in the July 2003 edition of Lawn and Landscape. All the same rules apply though. Trust me, Moon's been pruning trees for more than 200 years. It think we've got it down pat.

When I asked Mark about helping me write this piece, I expected some push back along the lines of "prioprietary information." Nope.  He was happy to share, explaining that most growers know what to do, they just don't take the time to do it right.  Hmm, makes a lot of sense. And if you use Moon material, you know it makes A LOT of cents too. :)

Exerpt from "Prunining Power": 

Whether your company handles large commercial design/build projects or maintains residential properties, as far as your customers are concerned, you are their professional for all things horticulture. Tree care may not be your specialty, but learning the basics keeps your customers coming to you for answers instead of calling the competition.

One of the largest and arguably the best investments your customers make to improve the appeal and value of their properties is installing young trees, so caring for them is essential.

Each tree species (and cultivar) is unique, and ultimately requires individual attention to meet its specific needs. Fortunately, there are general rules that apply and can improve your overall knowledge of pruning.

Pruning practices used to create a strong, healthy tree are the same actions used to promote a visually beautiful tree. A healthy tree will grow strong and sturdy through maturity, providing not only function and beauty as nature intended, but safety for its surroundings, as well.

MAKING THE CUT. Before pruning a "young" tree – between 1½- and 2-inch caliper – you should have a good visual idea of the tree’s natural growth habit. It is always best to support young trees by pruning to encourage this habit.

Begin by choosing the proper tools for the job. There are many available, from scissors to shears to saws. Whichever you use, be sure that it is sharp, sterile and in good repair. Always make clean, deliberate cuts to a tree’s tissues. This will allow each cut the best possible opportunity to heal. Specific placement of the cut will depend on the location and purpose of the removal.....Read more at Lawn and Landscape.

TAGS:   pruining, trees, cultural practices
Category:   On the Farm