Questions & Answers
When is the BEST time to plant your trees?
NOW is a great time to plant our trees! Our root-pruned trees can be planted almost any time of the year, as long as the ground is not deeply frozen, and our trees are properly planted with good soil preparation… and kept watered!
Please remember that all of our root-pruned trees have up to 100% of their roots included.
All of our trees are grown above-ground (year around) in their ‘patented’ insulated tree bags, so the in-ground soil temperatures are actually better for the trees once you find their new permanent ‘in-ground’ planting locations. Ground soil temperatures are warmer in the winter, and cooler is the summer!
Whom do you sell to?
We sell wholesale to horticulture professionals, large buyers, and also sell direct to individuals who are looking for high-quality native, rare, and hard-to-find tree specimens at the same wholesale pricing in reasonable quantities. We have a minimum 3 tree requirement to buy at wholesale pricing.
We grow organically, and do not use any chemical herbicides or pesticides in our tree nursery production. We weed our many thousands of trees manually by hand, and also control weeds by organic methods as well.
Our customers are nursery professionals, large land owners, and private individuals who prefer our specialized online, and private delivery service.
How easy are your trees to plant?
Our trees are much lighter, and easier to lift, and to plant in the ground. They are grown in a custom organic growing mix which encourages more drainage and better root growth.
Our trees with root-pruned systems have up to 100% of their many feeder roots included and quickly start growing in their new environment.
It is important to water the root ball and a 4′ circumference every other day especially in hot weather until the tree is well established for 45 – 60 days, or even longer. Remember it as a personal investment in a great tree, and you want it to be a rock star and thrive!
It is also important to remember that these trees are grown in a well-drained custom mix so you want to make sure that you water the root ball… plus the surrounding soil area every two days to give the roots something to reach for.
What locations do you deliver trees to?
We deliver to the Philadelphia 4 state region which includes PA, NJ, DE and MD. We have a 50 mile radius of Paoli, PA 19301 where we regularly deliver.
We have many loyal local customers in Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Chadds Ford, Gladwyne, Glen Mills, Philadelphia, Berwyn, Downingtown, Valley Forge, Wayne, Princeton, Wilmington, Paoli, Wynnewood, Baltimore, Chester Springs, Washington DC, Exton, West Chester, Haverford, Media, Newtown Square, Ardmore, Elverson, Broomall, Malvern, Moorestown, Cherry Hill, Abington, and many more…
Shipping trees commercially, and even us delivering trees locally can be very expensive because of the mileage, equipment, and labor involved. It also requires protective care and caution required due to the size of the trees. We like to personally deliver whenever we can to personally meet all of our customers.
We also have some customers who make a special long distance visit just to personally pick up a large combined online order of their trees for themselves, and for others local to them. Oftentimes, knowledgeable customers and tree collectors cannot find the same quality and selection of our tree specimens, and our reasonable wholesale pricing in their own areas!
How do you Plant Trees?
Planting our trees is not difficult, and we are often asked by industry professionals on how to properly plant our root-pruned trees. The planting process is not hard, but yet very important to do properly for the tree’s health, survivability, and to enjoy the real magnificence of these tree specimens.
Medium to well-drained soil is generally best for trees. Amending (mixing) clay soils 25% – 30% thoroughly with a lighter compost or organic matter around and under the rootball to lighten up the soil and add air and water porosity is very important.
Mix it well into the current soil! This gives the tree a nutritional head-start, water retention, and the oxygen necessary for the roots to breathe and grow.
Planting a tree in a location with frequent sitting water will kill a tree. Trees must have well aerated soil which is amended with a lighter organic mix to improve water drainage, but also to allow oxygen into the soil for better root development.
The size of the planting hole is determined by the size of the rootball. Dig the hole at least 8-10 inches wider and 2-3 inches deeper than the rootball. Remember that tree roots generally grow horizontally in the top 12″-15″ of the soil. This added space around and under the rootball is primarily where the mixed or ‘amended’ soil goes to add nutrients for the tree.
Wet the hole with the amended soil first, before planting the tree. Remove (cut off) the tree bag, and keep the tree rootball well watered before placing the tree in the hole. By doing this you are placing a moist rootball… into moist soil to lessen the planting shock. Taller trees over 6′ will need staking with (3) 5′ strong wood stakes to prevent from blowing over in high winds.
The planting depth of the tree is also critical. Never plant a tree too deep! If you plant the tree at the same soil depth as you see on top of the rootball (or better yet, 1/2 inch higher) and you will be fine. The goal is to keep the root flare (where the tree trunk base widens at the roots) above the soil.
Adding 2″ – 3″ layer of mulch above the soil in a 36″ circle (or larger) around the tree trunk above the rootball helps retain soil/root moisture and keeps the hot sun or wind from drying out the soil. Be sure to not pile mulch up around the tree trunk.
Watering a newly planted tree is critical to the tree’s survival. We recommend watering the ground in a 2′ radius (4′ circumference) with a hose around the tree as needed every other day for the first two months. Depending on the time of year and weather, each tree should take 1-2 minutes of a medium ‘shower spray’ (not jet spray) directly to the soil around a 4′ circumference base of the tree.
Remember, the tree rootball has many hundreds of tender feeder roots in a well drained organic mix, so it will absorb the water quickly on hot or windy days, but it also drains quickly and must be regularly replenished.
What are air root-pruned trees?
Air root-pruning occurs when a tree seedling’s root tips come into contact with either air in a specially designed air root-pruning pot… or the fabric sides of a root-pruning tree bag which stops the root tip ends from growing thus encouraging even more numerous secondary and lateral roots to now develop and grow.
This means that now you have far more healthy feeder roots to support the growth and survivability of the tree.
After one growing season, our larger tree seedlings are then re-potted into larger 7 or 10 gallon root-pruning tree bags which then continue the root-pruning process until it grows into a much larger tree several years later.
This unique growing method encourages each root tip to then be replaced by many others… offering ‘exponentially’ far more roots… thus creating a very healthy root base with ‘many hundreds, or thousands’ of healthy white feeder roots producing a very robust tree ready to take off and adapt quickly when planted in your planting site.
Yes, it is more labor intensive for us, but our trees and customers benefit significantly. We do most of the hard work for you.
It is important to understand that these specially designed and ‘patented’ pots and tree bags are fully designed to prevent circling or girdling roots… that smooth wall pots do not.
How large are your 10 & 15 gallon trees vs. 2″ or 2.5″ caliper B&B trees?
Our 1 1/2″ to 2″ caliper tree’s root systems will typically outperform larger 2 1/2″ caliper B&B trees in just 1 – 2 years after proper planting and watering.
Think about it. You are buying a healthy tree from Brandywine Trees that is lighter and easier to plant, and which will experience little-to-no transplant shock because it has close to 100% of its tender feeder roots included. Whereas, the typical B&B tree has lost up to 85%-90% of its roots when dug from the ground.
We specialize in growing trees that thrive and survive.
What is the difference between your air root-pruned trees and the standard B&B trees?
The traditional nursery grower plants their seedlings in the ground, which is certainly a great place to grow trees.
However, the challenge is in properly harvesting those trees from the ground… while also including all of the tree’s roots.
According to horticulture scientists, up to 85% – 90% of the fine feeder roots are cut off when B&B deciduous trees are dug from the ground.
Not only does this leave the B&B tree highly stressed, it has 85%-90% fewer roots to feed itself and the tree is under significant stress for 4 – 5 years trying to overcome this loss while now also trying to grow, and survive.
Root-pruned trees grown in the proper root-pruning containers or tree bags offer up to 100% of the roots, plus a far more developed root system with literally thousands of fine feeder roots ready to take off and grow when planted… with little-to-no transplant shock to the tree!
It is very important to distinguish between root-pruning pots and regular smooth sided plastic pots (smooth sided plastic pots Do Not prune roots), and can create circling or girdling roots. Real air root-pruned trees have a beautiful and very fibrous root system that is second-to-none!
Do you charge for delivery?
Many of our customers are large wholesale buyers who buy their trees in bulk, and bring their own trucks (and labor) to select, wrap & load up their tree purchases.
All of our deliveries require careful hand selection to meet our customer’s requirements, and a lot of time and special handling of the trees from the field to be wrapped, loaded, and protected. Then we drive to deliver our trees to the customer’s location.
Many of our trees are 8′ – 12′ tall and require a truck and special handling and covers to protect the trees during transit.
We are very happy to deliver our trees to you, but there are transportation costs plus the labor and time (hours) it takes us away from tending our many thousands of trees still in production, as well as our other customers who also need our attention.
We do our very best to keep everyone happy!
Are you growers, or resellers?
We are dedicated growers and grow over 95% of the trees that we sell trees from quality propagated seedlings, so we literally know every tree and its growth history. Many nurseries and garden centers are resellers and are selling someone else’s product with limited knowledge of the growth and health history of the trees.
Our healthy and hard-to-find trees with amazing root systems are very reasonably priced after we invest the 3-5 years of time, effort, and special attention to grow very healthy trees for you, our customer.
At Brandywine Trees, you are buying direct from the grower!