Thursday, March 20, 2014

Keeping track of a million plants


When it comes to managing inventory of a 300 acre nursery, keeping track of its one million plants entails many steps.  Take junipers for example.  Our junipers at the nursery start off as cuttings from older plants.  These cuttings are taken from our crops in November.  The cuttings are given a root hormone to promote root growth and placed in 4 inch trays.  They are then counted, their location is documented, and they are placed into our inventory system.  

Once those junipers are rooted well enough (around July), they are re-potted into a gallon container.  At this point, the plants are moved to a new location and recounted.  Information such as their ready date, size and new location(s) are given to inventory.  Some of the newly potted one gallons will be categorized as liners to be potted later in the year into a bigger sized container.  The others will be marked as sellable and available for purchase when their new ready date has arrived and will show on the availability as a future crop.  When an invoice for these junipers is created, they are allocated and the location is recorded where they are to be pulled from.  Once those items have been pulled and loaded onto the truck, they will be taken out of inventory.  When the time comes for the liners to be potted up to a new size, the process is then repeated.  Thus, continuing the cycle of potting liners and sellable plants, documenting the new locations and ready dates, and entering the data into our inventory system. 

To tour our container farm, please call your rep or our sales office at 913-897-7010 or email

Mark Gates, inventory manager, Loma Vista Nursery


Tree Diversity

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found last year in Boulder, Colorado.  EAB is new for Colorado although we have been expecting it for quite some time.  A group of tree loving professionals assembled a panel of fantastic speakers for talks on tree diversity hosted by Denver University.  Steve Bieberich, a very humble and knowledgeable nurseryman and owner of Sunshine Nursery, was among the presenters.  This was a great opportunity to hear about some of the newer varieties of trees, or unusual ones, and hear how they perform and grow.  Steve has helped introduce some great varieties, one in particular that Loma Vista is now growing is the Schmidt introduction Ulmus propinqua 'JFS-Bieberich', aka Emerald Sunshine. 
This is a beautiful vase shaped elm.  It does not get nearly as tall as its counterpart, Ulmus americana, growing only to a width of 25' and 35' tall.  It is resistant to the elm leaf beetle and is disease tolerant of Dutch Elm disease and phloem necrosis.  This is a great one to add to the list for Green Ash replacements and help diversify our tree palette!   

What other trees are you using to replace Ash trees and help diversify our urban forests?  
Emerald Ash Borer

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer and the destruction it causes, go to the  Emerald Ash Borer website
EAB map
This map, courtesy of the EAB website, shows the areas of the US with the Emerald Ash Borer.    
Michelle Cadena, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery   


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It's Harvest Time

Quercus bicolor 3Spring harvest is quickly approaching. Soon the snow and cold will be out and flowers and buds will be upon us. This is the time of year when the nursery and landscape businesses gear up and the slow winter months turn into the crazy spring rush in the blink of an eye. Spring is when we focus on harvesting the trees that we couldn't in the fall and filling spring orders.

When the ground thaws and the temps rise, the Baldwin and Willow Springs tree farms will be the site of a tremendous amount of work. The tree spades and operators will turn their attention to the Swamp White Oaks, 'Heritage' River Birch, Northern Red Oak and Greenspire Lindens.
The man behind the successful harvest is Manuel Lopez. Manuel has been with Loma Vista for 20 years. He worked his way up in the ranks from crew member at the Grandview farm to manger of the tree farms. Through the years he has seen a wonderful increase in quality going from the bedrock laden Grandview farms to the fertile Douglas County, Kansas farms he now manages. Plus, he has seen a tremendous increase in the varieties of trees Loma Vista grows.

Along with balled and burlap trees, Loma Vista has been expanding our Pot 'in Pot operation to accommodate the summer tree shortages.

 Bobby Fields, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery