Most people probably don't know what goes into producing high quality, ball and burlap trees. So much happens behind the scenes. Here is a little peek at what goes on.
First of all, our arborist goes out into the field and flags the trees to be spaded with different colors of plastic ribbon. He knows what sizes they are, because we mark them when we inventory them. Evergreens get a color-coded zip tie and deciduous trees receive a colored mark on their trunks. After all of the trees are flagged, the guys head out into the field. They use whichever spade corresponds best to the size of the trees they're digging at the time and place each tree in a burlap-lined wire basket.
Here are some action shots that I took a couple of years ago. The date stamp is totally wrong. I am pretty sure this was 2013 or 2014.
Once the trees are spaded, they are loaded up onto trailers and hauled out of the field. After that happens, they are shrink wrapped and placed into sockets in the ground. Then they each receive and irrigation emitter that keeps them properly watered until they are sold and planted.
We have fancy equipment for moving our trees around that makes everything much easier. It's almost like playing a video game, except you are in a Bobcat for hours...and hours. You can see our nursery jaws pretty well in this picture. The weather was really nice in early April a few years ago when this picture was taken and the guys wrapped trees outside. Sometimes, it is too cold and windy to do that...like this year.
I hope you enjoyed my little snapshot of our world! Now you know a little more about what goes into producing a B&B tree.
My name is Connie Kratzke. I have worked with Kahnke Brothers for 16 years. During this period, I have done everything from watering the plants to designing our website. My role at the nursery involves selling stock, managing inventory, marketing plants and overseeing the production of shrubs and perennials. Sometimes I sit at a desk and other times I can be found in a Bobcat. During my career here, I have become a MNLA Certified Professional. I am also an at large member of the Minnesota Grown Promotion Group/Minnesota Grown Advisory Committee. Currently, I serve as City Arborist for Silver Lake, Minnesota, and a member of their planning commission. My focus is on helping our clients succeed with their landscaping efforts. Education is a huge factor influencing that success. Keeping it real is my strategy. Through sharing my experiences at the nursery and at home, I hope to debunk myths and eliminate concerns. At the same time, I want people to be aware of what doesn't work. Living things are somewhat unpredictable, but they all have basic needs. Understanding how to fill those needs while simultaneously achieving landscape goals is a process that I want to share with as many people as possible, because I truly enjoy it.