Crooked Tree Nursery offers a variety of indoor and outdoor design and maintenance services to ensure homes and properties have eye catching appeal. Our team of professional and experienced designers are able to provide services in Mid-Michigan that many of our competitors cannot.
Effective June 18, 2013. We want your landscape to be a success! We stand behind the upmost quality in our plants with a one-year warranty on our trees and shrubs. Warranty is on original plant purchase and will be replaced only one time. No cash refunds. No warranty without sales receipt. Warranty does not apply to damage due to extremes in weather or neglect. Due to the extreme weather conditions of the last few years (drought, extreme temperature variations, etc.), warranties no longer extend to perennials, grasses and roses. Our warranty does not extend to annuals, vegetables or any discounted trees and shrubs. Warranty on plants installed by Crooked Tree Nursery covers cost of plant replacement only. There will be a charge for labor and delivery. We apologize for any inconvenience. Most plant problems arise within the first 120 days of planting. As a homeowner and valued customer, we hope you will ensure your plants receive the upmost care. Please visit our website, Facebook page or ask one of our plant professionals for planting and watering guidelines. Thank you for your business!
General Tree and Shrub Care
Water is the most important factor in caring for new trees and shrubs. Since a newly transplanted tree or shrub has not extended its roots into the existing soil, adequate moisture must reach the root ball. Soil type and amount of rainfall determine how often manual watering is needed. On most well drained soil, one inch of water per week throughout summer and fall is required to establish a good root system. In sandy soils, as much as two inches of water per week is needed. A long, slow watering method (by drip line or turning the hose down to just a drip) is the best way to water. Watering with a spray wand delivers water too fast for the soil to absorb and results with most of the water running off and never reaching the roots. Fertilization at the time of planting is generally not recommended. It is ineffective until the root system has a chance to reestablish. We recommend fertilizing the next year with a granular, slow release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10.
Pruning after planting should be limited to removing dead, rubbing, or broken branches only. Wait at least a year before removing any larger limbs or shaping the structure of the tree or shrub. Remember, pruning encourages growth, so cut only where you need growth, and try to maintain the natural shape of the plant.
Occasionally trees may require support, especially in windy sites, to prevent uprooting and leaning until the roots have had a chance to grow and stabilize that tree. Avoid staking too rigidly. Some trunk flexibility allows the flare at the base of the tree to develop naturally. Inspect staking material regularly for tightness and damage, and remove after one or two years.