After months of deciding the best way to make our current availability accessible to our customers, we are happy to announce it is ready to go! Just click the “Inventory” button on www.urbanforestnursery.com, and you will see a list of the varieties we sell, as well as what sizes are available. Although we started on this adventure a c0uple of years ago with a purchased solution; in the end, we found that a homegrown program built with an access database backend was the right solution for us.
In determining the right way to perform inventory on a product that is not static (i.e. it grows), we tried to research what other small nurseries were doing. In the category of nurseries that sell “in-the-ground” trees, it seems that no one has the perfect solution. Since all trees grow at different rates depending on variety, location in the field, weather, etc., there is no magic algorithm to determine what size a tree will be in 6 months. Because of this, we know we will have to re-inventory our fields at least two times per year.
Additionally, while we started out using a handheld solution that was supposed to save time, we found that it actually took more time navigating through the handheld screens in the field than it took to manually input the data back in the office. Now, our crew manager takes inventory in the field (takes about a week for 25K trees), and we have someone in the office input the data into our database. Although, technology is undoubtedly a time saver in most applications, we found that the handheld device in the field just slowed us down.
After over a year of planning, permitting, and building, we are finally in our new barn and office building! We moved in a few weeks ago, and are getting settled into the new space. We now have a great new area for our crew, and a large shop for tractor and implement storage. Upstairs are three offices, a small kitchen, and conference room. We invite our customers to call and schedule a vist to the nursery. We would love to show you around and tell you all about our growing methods and philosophy! Call us at 360-428-5810 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s great when a satisfied customer sends us a picture of their newly planted tree from Urban Forest Nursery, Inc! Here is an awesome example of beautifying an otherwise bare and boring strip of land between sidewalk and street. This is a Crimson Cloud Hawthorn and will have gorgeous bright reddish pink flowers with white centers. And the best part…the form! It is one of those trees where the branches grow in a somewhat irregular but symmetrical pattern, giving it an almost whimsical appearance. I have one in my backyard, and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite trees. A great side benefit…the fragrance of the flowers in the spring is amazing!
Newly Planted Crimson Cloud Hawthorn
We just put out our first quarterly newsletter last month, and will be sending the next one in June. Our newsletters will be filled with nursery news, inventory availability, and helpful tips on making the most of your tree purchase. If you would like to be included on our quarterly email list, please visit our website (www.urbanforestnursery.com) and fill out your name and email address in the lower right-hand corner of the homepage. As always, if you have more specific questions or comments, you can email us at email@example.com.
We are adding new ways for you to follow us! We now have a Facebook page – just do a search for Urban Forest Nursery, Inc. and become a fan. We also just joined Twitter under the name UFNINC. Coming soon will be links from our website to both Facebook and Twitter. Catching up with us has never been easier!
We are very excited about the recent launch of our new website! Check it out at www.urbanforestnursery.com. We now have an expanded list of tree profiles, including some great photos. Also, take a look at our Production page (off of the main Nursery page) for a detailed description of our growing methods. Coming soon is a real-time list of our inventory availability. Check back often for inventory specials!
Let us know what you think of the site…and as always – we would love your constructive feedback and suggestions!
Urban Forest Nursery, Inc. & Urban Forestry Services, Inc. is excited to launch our new weblog! Here we will post information about the trees we grow, production methods, inventory specials, planting tips, etc. This forum will also give our customers a chance to join in on discussion threads, give us feedback, and ask us questions. Check back often for updates!!