What’s jew

Here at McGrath Nurs­eries, we have com­menced this sea­son’s despatch; lift­ing is on time, and the ground con­di­tions are good. We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing our cus­tomers with ex­cel­lent qual­ity trees and be­ing in­no­va­tive with our despatch pro­cesses.

The Orchardist - - Contents -

We un­der­stand the hard­ship that fruit tree grow­ers in the South Is­land have had as a re­sult of the re­cent earthquakes; with get­ting fruit to mar­ket and the huge in­crease in trans­port cost due to the clo­sure of the Kaik­oura coastal road. We would like to as­sist these grow­ers by eas­ing some of this fi­nan­cial bur­den, so McGrath Nurs­eries will be pay­ing $1,000 to­ward the cost of each Vowles truck trav­el­ling to Cen­tral Otago and Ti­maru from our Nurs­ery this sea­son.

Ev­ery year we strive to im­prove our sys­tems and find bet­ter and more ef­fi­cient ways to de­liver your trees safely from our nurs­ery to your or­chard.

We con­tinue to hone and im­prove our ship­ping pro­cesses. We are us­ing GPS track­ing of trucks en­abling ac­cu­rate de­liv­ery times; tem­per­a­ture mon­i­tor­ing and con­tin­u­ing our mulching sys­tem which worked so well last year. We use a fine spray of cel­lu­lose mulch that will bet­ter pro­tect and keep hy­drated the fine roots on your trees. This should im­prove es­tab­lish­ment of the trees once they are planted in the or­chard. We have also moved to a solid floored pal­let this year, so there is no wa­ter pond­ing on a plas­tic floor. This should give im­proved han­dling of pal­lets in the or­chard. Wa­ter­ing will need to be ad­justed for this fact, if you are stor­ing trees in our ship­ping pal­lets for any du­ra­tion greater than a week. This ap­plies to ap­ples only, as our rec­om­men­da­tion is to store cherry trees up­right, in bins of saw­dust or heeled in, not in ship­ping pal­lets. See our web­site for guide­lines on the care of your new trees, in­clud­ing stor­age and plant­ing.

For a sec­ond year, we have had John Wil­ton, BAgSc (Hort), FNZSHS, the Hor­ti­cul­tural Con­sul­tant from AGfirst in Hast­ings, inspect our cherry trees for blast. We are able to pro­vide con­fi­dence to our grow­ers that our trees will ar­rive in good health.

Note as we are al­most sold out for 2018, we sug­gest that you place an or­der for your 2019 re­quire­ments as soon as pos­si­ble.

We thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port.

“As we are al­most sold out for 2018, we sug­gest that you place an or­der for your 2019 re­quire­ments as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Ap­ple trees ready for lift­ing in 10 days.

Cher­ries bun­dled for ship­ping.

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