Just as pitchers and catchers are heading to Arizona and Florida for spring training, the tree tube season is really starting to heat up.
For much of the country it’s been a long, cold winter with record snowfalls. Spring and tree planting season seems a long way away when the only shoveling you’re doing involves mounds of snow instead of deep, loamy soil.
Having sold tree tubes for nearly 22 years there is one pattern that I have seen over and over again: As soon as the temperature in the Northeast and Midwest gets above freezing for a few days and the sun starts melting the icicles, the phone starts ringing and the web site starts sizzling with interest in tree tubes.
This is followed by the fear on my part that, Holy Toledo, I’m going to run out of tree tubes! Inventory is getting tight. More treeshelters are on the way, but at the current rate those will be sold by the time they get here.
So today’s bit of friendly advice is: When you check the newspaper or the web to the latest updates on your favorite team’s Spring Training, take a few extra minutes to order the trees and tree tubes you’ll need for spring planting.
As for winter, we all know we’re not out of the woods yet; those February and March snow storms are coming as sure as summer follows spring. We hope. But those blizzards will be a lot easier to take knowing that you have all of the materials you need for a successful spring tree planting reserved and ready!