General Questions

Where is Nate's Nursery located?

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What are your hours?

We are open from 8am – 4pm Monday – Saturday. We prefer that you call to make an appointment beforehand.

Do you ship?

We currently are not shipping, but will do so for large orders. We do not usually ship out of state but will do so for significant orders. 

Do you offer planting services?

We offer planting services for large orders, but not for just a few plants or trees.

Do you sell soil amendments, garden soil, rock, sand, or mulch?

We do not sell any of the items listed above. 

Plant and Tree Care

How do I plant my tree?

To learn the proper way to plant a tree refer to the video below:

What type of soil should I use to plant my tree?

Native soil only, no amendments. Sounds crazy I know, but selling soil to “amend” the planting hole is a gimmick and is either suggested out of ignorance or a desire to sell you more things. Here is some research snippets from various studies: 

“This outdated practice is still required in the specifications of architects, landscapers, and other groups associated with landscape installation. It is still recommended by garden centers and gardening articles. And there is a multi-million dollar soil amendment industry that has little interest in debunking this myth. As responsible green industry professionals, we need to recognize and avoid non-sustainable management practices.”  – Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D. “The Myth of Soil Amendments”    Link: https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/soil-amendments.pdf

“Fill the hole with the original native soil – this is the soil the tree must ultimately move its roots into to survive. Large rocks can be removed when backfilling.  Polyacrylamide gels (water absorbing polymers) added to the backfill at planting time have been shown to have no significant effect on tree survival or growth.” – Kuhns, Michael R. and Rupp, Larry, “Selecting and Planting Landscape Trees” (2000).   Link: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2219&context=extension_curall

“The American Forestry Association has drawn up new guidelines for how to plant a tree, and unless you’ve been reading a lot of research information lately, you will
find many surprises such as don’t dig a planting pit and don’t add soil amendments to the planting hole.” – Akbari, Hashem. “Cooling our communities. A guidebook on tree planting and light-colored surfacing.” (2009).    Link: https://escholarship.org/content/qt98z8p10x/qt98z8p10x.pdf

How do I water my plants and trees?

This is a question with no easy one size fits all answer. I would suggest that you check your soil before and after you water and use that as a barometer for when and how to water. Watering your plants is a great resources for those of you wondering “How do I water my trees and plants?”

 

 

Do you sell soil, rocks, decomposed granite, sand, fill dirt, top soil, or compost?

How can I take care of my mature tree?

My plant or tree has a problem, what should I do?

How should I water my newly planted tree or shrub?

How should I prune my tree?

What is the correct way to prune fruit trees?

What plants are poisonous to animals (dogs, horses, goats, chickens, etc.)?

Do mature trees need to be watered?

When is the best time to plant a tree/SOD/plants?

How do I keep weeds down?

What is the best fastest (drought tolerant, evergreen) growing privacy hedge or tree?

What are bee and butterfly attracting plants?

What types of fruit trees grow in the high desert?

Does citrus, avocado es, bananas, or tropical fruits grow here?

Do you sell houseplants or succulents or vegetables?