Harvest Windows & Dig Times

Harvest Windows

Throughout the spring season, we hear from a lot of panicked people who think that their trees have to be in the ground by June. So not true! Trees merely have certain times of the year that they will tolerate having their roots physically cut and dug out of the fields. Once the roots are wrapped in burlap and put in a wire cage they can be planted any time until the ground is frozen. In the meantime, they can sit above ground, waiting to be transferred to your yard.

Be aware that this resource pertains to harvesting plants from our growing fields, not planting trees in the landscape.

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Last updated: 2016

The Dig List & Times is color-coded as to which deciduous trees can be dug at which time of year. A "green" month means that's an ideal time for us to harvest. Yellow means we don’t recommend it. Red means that if we harvest in that month, the tree is probably going to die. Of course, changes in weather patterns can shorten or widen the harvest windows.

Our spring harvest has started and certain trees, like oaks, can only be dug within a short window of time. We’ll stock as many as we can in our holding yards, but once they are gone, that’s it until next year.

Other trees that are only dug in spring are Musclewood, Ironwood, Hawthorn, Eastern Redbud, and Magnolia.

From the time the frost leaves the ground, our harvesting crews work tirelessly and efficiently to dig trees for our customer orders plus extra for stocking in our holding yards.

We will dig some evergreens for stock in spring, but luckily we can harvest them again in summer, after the new growth has “hardened off”.

Download the Dig List & Times. If a tree you want only has green months in spring, you’ll want to contact us sooner than later before someone else snatches it up. You don’t want to get caught on the wrong side of the window!