We take our tag line "Crafting Quality Plants Since 1990" very seriously. Since 1990 Waverly Farm has been a leader in innovation in our industry, continuously practicing the leading production methods. To deliver on our promise of top-rate material, Waverly Farm is constantly striving to practice advanced production methods and to use the best technology available to us in order to produce the highest quality material.
Quality soil is the key to growing quality material. Our IMANTS Rotary Spading Machine, farm-produced compost, and irrigation techniques create an incredibly healthy soil. Once you have the soil, you create major benefits:
Soil water holding capacity is increased dramatically.- Root balls last longer in holding yards.- Plant material weathers digging, transportation, and transplanting better.- Plants may pick up growth up to a year faster than other transplanted plants.- This reduces an already efficient drip irrigation system's water requirement by 25-30%.
Plants grow in a natural, unstressed environment.- No synthetic fertilizers are needed.- Soil contains key mycorrhizae, nutrients, and soil composition for optimal growth.- Reduces potential for root disease.
fresh compost compost plowed under,
ready to plant
To gain full control over the process and to reduce expense, we process all of the compost used on the farm. We use horse manure as source material, which is the best stock material for woody plant production. Horses have the broadest number of microbes in their gut of any domestic animal and produce fungal-dominated compost shown to favor woody plants, in part due to mycorrhizae presence. Our composts are of known source materials, and are subjected to regular lab analysis to ensure quality and consistency.
fresh compost spade-plowed, ready to plant
Traditionally, American nurseries harvest plants with a cone style tree spade. Waverly Farm digs with an Italian-made vibratory blade machine that produces a spherical root ball. The advantages are many. First, we compared both styles to determine which captures more of the fibrous roots located near the soil surface. Our research shows that the root ball contains approximately 14% more soil by weight but captures this additional soil on the horizontal plane where the roots are, instead of under the fibrous root location.
This round root ball also enables the plant to stand up without the aid of chocks typical of more pointed root balls. The planting hole is dug to a shallower depth, saving time and effort during installation. Also, because the ball is round, one man can easily roll even a 36" ball around on firm ground. We currently own four Pazzaglia root balling machines with ball size capabilities from 17" for small boxwood to 56" for large trees.
The Pazzaglia in action easily transportable stands without chocks Rootballs ready to go
We have searched the world to find the very best and most efficient production nursery equipment available. Equipment is currently sourced from Holland, Italy, Brazil, Japan and the United States. We believe strongly in mechanization and staff safety.
IMANTS Rotary Spading Machine
The first step to building our soil is use of the IMANTS Rotary Spading Machine. This European-produce spading machine tills to a depth of 20 inches, mixing the soil profile better than any other machine while developing near perfect drainage and gas exchange for years after planting.
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Traditionally, American nurseries harvest plants with a cone style tree spade. Waverly Farm digs with an Italianmade vibratory blade machine that produces a spherical root ball. The advantages are many. See "The Best Rootball Available" above to read more.
Pazzaglia root balls Pazzaglia root ball Pazzaglia in action
We use fiberglass stakes on all plants requiring staked support. They are very expensive initially but yield great growing and efficiency advantages over time.- Fiberglass is more flexible than metal or bamboo and will allow the plants the movement they need to develop strong, healthy structures.- Trees develop a better root system and stronger trunks.
Our goal is to produce plants of high quality for their long-term success in the landscape. Over time we have learned the end product of our effort relies on high quality liners. We pay very close attention to our liner growers and often knowingly pay more for liners than we would have to. We visit their production operations to ensure continuing quality is in line with our expectations. In addition, we propagate several thousand plants here at the farm each year. This helps to ensure we do not introduce insect and disease pathogens from other regions of the country, plus increases control over availability.- Thanks to in-house productions, we are Boxwood Blight free.
Propagation house Propagation
All plants become more successful for the long term only when they are properly maintained in the nursery. Our careful scrutiny of structure, planting depth, careful leader selection and maintenance play an important role in the long-term success of plant material.
sheared pyramidal 'Green Mountain'
We make every attempt to grade plants beyond expectation. We choose every plant from production based on the high standards of our very most discriminating customers.
Waverly Farm meticulously loads every plant to insure its safe and undamaged arrival.- Cardboard dividers are inserted between plants whenever there is risk of abrasion from plant to plant.- We use the most expensive trunk wraps available to ensure no damage occurs to trees with exposed trunks.- Damage claims from shipping are very rare.
The Waverly Farm newsletter 'In The Field' is designed to be an educational production. We are pleased to share all we have learned in our growing operation as well as provide informative experiences with plants we grow.
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Our single mission is to deliver quality plant material in an atmosphere of exceptional service, trust, and friendship. We take great pride in customer relationships, going all out to develop a mutually beneficial partnership with our customers; its not work- it's what makes this such a rewarding endeavor.