About Our Trees
One of our tree plots in the nursery
Prairie Hardy Nursery grows carefully sourced trees and seedlings which are selected for their high quality and strong genetics. Good taste, hardiness and disease resistance is what we look for in our trees. In regards to hardiness, our trees have either parent trees or were developed in areas that have been tested at -47° Celsius. Some of our trees and plants that are borderline hardy, we do our best to accurately describe their recommended method for success in their description; don't be afraid to experiment!
Grown naturally without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides - we raise our trees in living soil that is rich in soil microbes, organic matter and nutrients. The trees we grow are young, only 1 to 2 years at most. They are smaller than trees you will find at your local box store or garden centre with the benefit being that these trees are economical to buy, easy to handle, and very reliable to plant. Grafted trees average between 2-3 feet in size and some are pruned back to accommodate for shipping.
Symbiotic relationship of trees and fungi
Most of our trees are grown and sold as bare root, with the exception of some smaller seedlings in air pruned pots. In early spring our trees are dug up when dormant and packaged in boxes. Their roots are packed with damp moss to ensure they stay moist during shipping. We ship all across Canada except the province of British Columbia.
We believe bare root trees are the best choice in growing and transplanting. First of all they are grown healthy with their roots free and not restricted or root bound as they are in pots. They are grown in living soil forming symbiotic relationships with beneficial bacteria and fungi compared to potted trees that are typically grown in sterile environments subject to irrigation and fertilizers. Lastly, due to the young nature of our trees there is a less likely chance of transplant shock, which more mature trees are prone to.
A typical bare root tree