3810 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37207 (615) 876-1014

Archive date:  January 1, 2014

Happy Gnu Year!

A frigid start...Winter Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Saturdays & Sundays until Spring

Like a newborn wildebeest, it’s time to hit the ground running. It is pretty amazing to think of a newborn creature running with the pack within minutes after birth. Like the wildebeest, or gnu if you prefer, it is time to get things moving, as the New Year is now well underway.


Though hardly a newborn, I found myself out running at the crack of dawn yesterday morning. Yes, I know I'm crazy. Even at 1°F however, I was able to cover the distance in my hour-long run in relative comfort. I was running in shorts and a T-shirt, along with many other layers. I think I spent nearly as much time dressing and undressing as I did running. Putting that many layers of clothing on, covering all exposed skin, except my eyes, did take a bit of forethought and planning.


Certainly forethought and planning are critical to everyday life.  It doesn't matter whether I'm trying to get through the holidays or just trying to get through today; things seem to turn out better when I spend a bit of time mentally walking through the process. For me, looking ahead does not mean living in the future.


Take this past week for instance. The weather forecast was clear several days in advance: long absent cold weather was on the way. Fortunately, this is not our first rodeo. Indeed we had a few 11th hour preparations to make. Thankfully, I have a team of guys on the ready… and willing to take the necessary actions.


After re-pressurizing our irrigation system, Adam thoroughly soaked all of our plants both inside and out. That might seem contrary to common sense, but plants fair frigid conditions far better with moist soil conditions as opposed to dry soil conditions. Adequate moisture is the key to success in this process.


Afterwards, Adam, Shane, Patrick, and Pedro laid down the trees and conifers located outdoors. They then double covered the entire group with large frost cloths and concrete blocks. Such is life in the winter, in the nursery business.


David Bates