Try Selling Pre-dug Material
Trees in the Nursery – Field Production May 1995 Nursery Management & Production (NM PRO) If the final destination of your material will be a poorly irrigated area, you may want to sell your landscape customers root-pruned or hardened-off, pre-dug material. Edward F.Gilman, associate professor of landscape horticulture at the University of Florida, has conducted studies on drought tolerance of 1 to 4 inch caliper trees separated into three categories.
- Container-grown trees
- Field-grown, freshly dug trees.
- Field-grown, root-pruned trees and field-grown trees that were pre-dug and hardened-off, including balled and burlapped trees.
“Container-grown material lies somewhere in the middle and fresh-dug material would be in real trouble.”