Growing quality trees is one of our top goals.
Garden Gate Nursery understands that proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong central leader and a desirable form. When you look at our trees, you will notice their uniformity of height and shape. Our goal is to grow a strong central leader to at least 10 feet or more on the trees that need a strong structure for upright even branching. We know that appropriate pruning measures taken while the trees are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature.
Quality trees are straight. At Garden Gate Nursery, our method to accomplish straight trees is by staking each tree until it reaches at least 1 1/2 inch caliber. Our experience would indicate that a 1 1/2 inch tree is ready to stand alone, however most landscapers will stake on each side of the tree for another year after planting.
A well shaped, uniform tree speaks volumes for quality. We make sure our trees have enough space so that they grow uniformly on all sides. Our rows for the #15 containers in ground are eight feet apart and our pots in each row are four feet apart. Our rows for the # 25 containers are 10 feet apart and our pots are spaced six feet apart in the rows. This abundant space leaves room for us to observe and shape each individual tree. Many container trees are grown very close together leaving the potential for blank or light branching. This helps us to have trees that are uniform and completely filled out around the entire tree.
Come and see the quality trees at Garden Gate Nursery.