Becoming a Tree City USA

Trees are not only a source of oxygen; they also offer beauty and distinction to the landscape in which they are rooted. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees add value to a home, regulate temperatures in neighborhoods and provide food for wildlife, in addition to having various other benefits. As a country, we have… Read more »

San Francisco, bare root trees are nature’s antidepressants

At Cold Stream Farm, we deal in wholesale/retail bare root trees and shrubs.  What is a bare root tree?  A quick refresher: bare root trees are carefully dug up at nurseries, with the dirt around the roots removed, and sold.  As a result, they have a well-developed root system.  They are not grown in containers… Read more »

Planting Deciduoud Trees: Tuliptrees

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” – Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam The Liriodendron tulipifera, commonly referred to as a tuliptree, is a large deciduous tree, native to the Eastern part of the United States. With massive trunks, the tuliptree can easily grow to be 70 feet to 90 feet tall,… Read more »

Winter storm Nemo and your trees

The Northeast braces for a dangerous and possibly history-making blizzard.  Erin McClam, staff writer for NBC News, writes, “A crippling and potentially historic winter storm barreled toward the Northeast on Thursday, threatening tens of millions of people with 2 feet of snow.  Boston canceled school and braced for one of its worst blizzards of all… Read more »

An Early Spring for Deciduous Trees

An early start to spring is in the cards for trees in the continental United States. According to an article from Planet Save, “new spring leaves might start to bud up to 17 days earlier in the coming century then they did prior to the current anthropogenic climate change.” This research is courtesy of a… Read more »

Are you a Virginia Creeper lover?

No, I am not talking about strange folk from the “Old Dominion” but of the flowering plant native to eastern and central United States.  We supply Virginia Creeper bare root seedlings!  Virginia Creepers are an important part of regional tourism, particularly in Virginia and the Appalachians.  One such attraction in the Appalachians is a 34-mile… Read more »

Jumpstarting nature with the bald cypress

The bald cypress, also known as taxodium distichum, is a deciduous conifer that is an integral part of the Southeastern United States as well as the Gulf Coastal Plains – from Delaware to Texas, up along the Mississippi River and down into Louisiana.  The trees are as American as Manifest Destiny and their towering bodies… Read more »

Michigan: the state of biosolids?

Spring is rapidly approaching.  I can see it the distance, as if it were a truck with big glaring lights.  That means one thing: fertilizer.  Many people fertilize their lawn in early and late spring.  It is like a lawn buffet.  If you are in Michigan, the next time you use fertilizer, it may be… Read more »

Turn your Christmas tree into mulch

2013 has just arrived, but for many of us, that Christmas feeling is lingering.  Do you still have this year’s Christmas tree and wondering what to do with it?  Are you in need of a fresh bag of mulch?  After all, mulch season is fast approaching.  Well, if you live near Hyde Park in Chicago,… Read more »

Bare root trees make great Christmas gifts

Think outside the box this holiday season and give a loved one a bare root tree!  Although we’re currently in the midst of winter, it’s never too early to think about what trees you’re going to plant come springtime.  At Cold Stream Farm, we believe preplanning is best.  The same holds true when gifting a… Read more »

Did you use Cold Stream Farm food plot seed this deer gun-season?

Now the reports are coming in, from all across America.  By all accounts, it was a mixed deer-gun season.  Some states had positive numbers.  Others…not so much.  In Ohio, for instance, hunters will have an additional weekend to hunt.  In Michigan, the numbers weren’t as positive as Cold Stream Farm would like to see.  The… Read more »

Deer license sales about 2 percent higher entering this season

Yes, it’s venison season!  The better a deer eats, the more robust its body is.  This bodes well for deer hunters.  Michigan’s firearm deer hunting season began Nov. 15th and ran through Nov. 30th.  Overall, the season was a positive one.  In the article “Michigan deer hunting: DNR reports slight rise in license sales for… Read more »