5681 Whitewillow Rd, Minooka, Illinois 60447, United States

(815) 467-4425

WhiteWillow Landscape and Nursery Supply

Welcome to White Willow Landscape and Nursery Supply

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PLANTING A TREE

There's an old gardening piece of advice that says "the key to growing a great plant is to put a 50-cent specimen in a $5 hole." This is no myth! Get your money's worth by planting a tree correctly and caring for it while it grows.  


BEFORE YOU DIG CALL J.U.L.I.E (800-892-0123 or 811). Plant small trees (that reach 30 feet tall or less) at least 10 feet from your home’s foundation and utility lines. Plant large trees (30 to 70 feet tall) at least 15 feet from foundations and lines; give 70-foot trees 20 feet of distance.  You don't want to plant a tree just to remove it years down the road because of bad planning.  Mature trees don't re-plant well!


  • Digging a wide planting hole is the key to fast growth from your new tree. Recommendations often specify a hole twice as wide as the root ball; three times as wide is even better. To prevent settling, the depth should be no more than the height of the root ball.


  • First, prepare a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Once it's in, turn it so the best side of the tree is facing the direction you want. 


  • Backfill around the root ball, lightly packing the soil as you go. Frequently check the trunk to ensure that it's straight. Use leftover soil as a berm to create a watering well.  You can add organic matter if you feel your soil lacks nutrients, however loose soil is more important for easy root growth then organic matter. Which is why a large planting hole is key to your tree's success. 


  • Install tree stakes. Drive the stake into the ground underneath and through the root ball. The stake should be tied loosely to the trunk; do not lash it too tight.  Large trees may need two or three stakes placed several feet from the trunk. 


  • Water the tree soon after planting and every day for several weeks afterward. By that point, the roots will have begun to grow out into the surrounding soil, and you can begin to gradually reduce the frequency of watering. Go easy on the fertilizer at planting time, and can even be harmful. Wait until the following year, then provide a moderate dose of fertilizer. A 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree will help keep weeds out and reduce water loss. *Newly planted trees should only be pruned of their broken, dead, or diseased limbs. Otherwise, leave them be until after their first growing season.  

WHY PLANT A TREE?

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Planting a tree is one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Planting trees in your yard brings other benefits too. Here’s why you should invest time and money in planting trees:

appraisal value

A mature tree can have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. It takes years for trees to reach mature size, so plant now and enjoy the trees’ benefits until it’s time to move on.

return on your investment

Homeowners achieved a 109% return on landscaping dollars spent—higher than any other home improvement, according to a Michigan University study. Trees especially increase the property value of your home by 15 to 20 percent.

energy savings

Strategically placed trees create shade and help save up to 56% on air-conditioning costs. Trees such as evergreens, placed appropriately around the house, can reduce the need for heating by 20 to 50 percent in winter.

quicker selling time

Trees increase curb appeal. Buyers are willing to spend 3 to 7 percent more on homes with ample trees rather than few or no trees. The presence of street trees also reduces time on the market by an average of 1.7 days!

they are just plain good for you

Trees also clean the air we breathe, decrease air pollution, support wildlife, slow stormwater runoff, conserve rainwater, buffer noise pollution, and bolster people’s health. Who knew? 

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT TREE

WHICH TREE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Start by looking around your neighborhood. Make a list of trees that appeal to you through the seasons and which ones appear to do well. Visit your local parks and arboretums to see native trees that have already adapted to your region and succeed.  Any questions about a tree?  Just ask us!


Do your research before selecting a variety. Visualize the tree’s mature size and shape and how it would fit in with your landscaping.  Large trees work best in spacious yards as background specimens or for framing the house. Small trees suit smaller lots. They stand out near driveways and walkways or create a pretty understory for larger trees.


After selecting a tree, protect your investment with careful upkeep. For its first two years, water a new tree weekly if nature doesn’t take care of it. Trees benefit from regular pruning—they will be healthier and more attractive. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches each year.


Choose native trees. Because they’ve adapted to our habitats, North American natives often require less care and benefit our region’s wildlife. 

Our Tree Warranty

Any tree, shrub, and/or evergreen installed by the homeowner that does not survive from one year date of purchase, will receive a one time 50% INSTORE CREDIT with presented sales receipt.  NO CASH BACK.  This guarantee does not include plants sold at a sale price or for perennials, roses, or groundcovers.    

Terms

Cash, Credit Cards, or Personal Check accepted

Delivery

Tree delivery available for additional charge.