Frequently asked questions

About Gingerich Tree Farm

Where is Gingerich Tree Farm located?


Gingerich Tree Farm is a family-owned business located in Arthur, Illinois, the "Heart of Amish Country" in east central Illinois. We are available to plant trees anywhere in the Midwest.




What types of trees do you offer?


We grow a variety of potted and balled and burlapped evergreen, ornamental, shade & landscape trees in our nursery which we sell to individuals, businesses and landscape contractors. We also offer delivery and planting of our trees for those needing these services. Please visit our online shop to check our current availability.




I purchased a tree elsewhere. Can you plant it?


Yes; however, no warranty will be offered. Please call to discuss if you have any questions or need further information.




I need a lot of trees.  Can you help?


Yes! Whether you are looking for several beautiful shade trees for your yard or require thousands for a large project, give us a call to discuss your project. We offer quantity discounts and contract growing. Please call us for further information.




I want to customize some acreage for habitat.  Can you help?


Yes! We specialize in conservation and wildlife habitat tree planting projects. We work with an expert that has designed and implemented a number of habitat improvement projects for individuals and businesses that included tree and shrub plantings. Before you waste a decade of time and a bundle of money trying to create a wildlife paradise, let us use our vast knowledge and experience to design and implement a plan for your property that meets with your end goals.





Tree Care

When is the best time to plant a tree?


Gingerich Tree Farm does not dig our trees until the customer places their order. Trees can only be dug when they are dormant, which is generally from October through the winter until May 1st. This timing varies from year to year and by tree species. Once trees have started to bud out in the spring they can no longer be dug until fall when they lose their leaves and go dormant. The majority of our customers will place their order in late summer to early fall, and we will then dig (and plant if needed) their trees as soon as conditions are right and our schedule allows. We strive to make sure all of the trees we sell have the very best chance of survival at their new home. If you have any questions, would like to place an order or even visit our farm, please give us a call at 217-717-2534.




Should I water my new tree?


Yes, immeadiately afer planting then every 10 days for the first summer.




Do you guarantee your trees?


Yes, we offer a limited warranty as long as customer makes a reasonable effort to water the tree. The warranty only applies for one season after planting.





Tree Moving

What size of tree can you move?


We are able to move small existing trees with our tree spade. Conifers (Evergreens) up to 12' tall. Deep rooted trees such as Oaks etc. We can move up to a max of 3" trunk size. There is a minumum charge of $200. Please call for a quote. Very large landscape plantings can be moved with a truck-mounted hydraulic tree spade. Depending on the size of the machine, trees up to 50 feet tall can be successfully transplanted. You will need to find a professional to do this for you.




What are good reasons to move a tree or shrub?


Transplanting mature trees and shrubs is possible although the process is not as simple as planting new ones. There are several reasons to relocate an established landscape plant. Among them are:

  • Home additions or landscaping projects require plants to be moved
  • Relocation to a new address where you'd like to move a favorite tree or shrub
  • Foundation plants outgrow their current space and need a new home




Should I try to move the tree/shrub myself?


First, decide if you can handle the job. It isn't easy. The project requires root pruning the season prior to transplanting, digging up the plant to be moved, digging a new planting hole, moving a heavy plant with the root ball attached, positioning the plant and refilling both holes. Providing plant care after the transplant is critical as well. DO NOT consider transplanting if you will not be able to provide water for the plant for at least the first year after transplanting. Make sure the tree or shrub is a manageable size. Shrubs up to 3 feet tall and trees an inch or less in diameter (measured 6 inches above the soil level) can be moved without digging a solid root ball. These and most plants 3 to 4 years old may be moved as bare root transplants. Larger or older plants will need to be dug and transplanted with the root ball intact. For a transplant to be successful, you must include as much of the plant's root system as is reasonably possible. In general, you'll need at least 10 to 12 inches of root ball diameter for every inch of trunk diameter. Example: If a tree is 3 inches in diameter, you will need a root ball that is 30 to 36 inches in diameter. The depth of the root ball also increases proportionally. Include as many of the lateral roots as possible. Since these roots are near the soil line, a root ball that's generally 12 to 24 inches deep will include those roots. A root ball with soil and plant attached will weigh about 100 pounds per square foot, so have the necessary machinery or manpower available to move it. The bigger the tree, the less likely a do-it-yourselfer will have a successful transplant. Fall, late winter or early spring are the best times to transplant. The move should be done after leaves fall in the autumn or before new buds break in the spring. If you are in doubt as to the best time to transplant in your area, your local Cooperative Extension office is a valuable resource.




Do you guarantee trees once they are moved?


We are unable to offer a guarantee on their survival when moving existing trees. We move trees as carefully as possible and only when dormant in order to give trees the best chance of survival. Watering the trees every 10 days for up to a year after transplant will help with transplant shock.