This is the time of year when Robert Hoadley’s business barks at him seven days a week.
Hoadley owns Lakeview Nursery and Hoadley’s Wholesale Nursery on 140-plus acres of land in Auburn, N.Y., some 30 miles west of Syracuse.
It’s a tree farm, the 34-year-old’s baby, really. He bought the business from his parents some seven years ago, and sharpened its focus to growing trees right there.
And now’s the time to get the Digging Spade into the ground to free the trees he planted from bare root and whips three or four years ago, to get them planted for customers or into mulch for sale down the line.
Hoadley explains that this is the best time of year to dig trees out, because they don’t have a lot of leaves to stress them, and to put them back in, because then they’ll have the whole wet spring to to flourish.
I wrote about Hoadley for my weekly Mark It Up community column for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. You can read it and see more photos by clicking the link below.
Hoadley works his business from the seat of his customized pick-up truck, on land that’s been in his family since his grandparents ran it as a poultry farm. A car accident in 2003 left him without the use of his legs. He certainly doesn’t let that define his life. He’s expanded the tree-growing a thousand-fold, and he’s too busy making sure he stays on top of his ever-changing field of work and traveling the world when the nursery slows down for seasonal swings.
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If you recall, last spring my dear wife Karen and I put in Cherry Cherry at the Little Bitty in the Eastwood neighborhood of the city of Syracuse.
Have you added a tree on your property, and if so, what variety and in what season? Did it flourish or perish, and what did you learn from the experience? Have you traveled abroad, and if so, what countries gave you the most interesting experiences, and why? Which is your favorite photo, andy why?