Just as pitchers and catchers are heading to Arizona and Florida for spring training and fans are heating up the hot stove league with speculation about player trades and playoff prospects, the tree tube season is starting to heat up. For many of us it's been a long, cold winter. Record snowfalls, massive drifts and aching backs from shoveling have been the order of the day. Spring and tree planting season seems a long way away when the only shoveling you're doing involves mounds of snow instead of deep, loamy soil.
I have been selling tree tubes for more nearly 22 years, and every winter/spring I see the same pattern. As soon as the temperature in the northern US gets above freezing for a few days and the sun starts melting the icicles, the phone starts ringing and the web site starts buzzing with interest in tree tubes. (This is usually followed on my part by the fear that, Holy Toledo, I'm going to run out of tree tubes! This is especially true this year; inventory is already getting tight, as sales have exceeded my projections. More treeshelters are on the way, but at the current rate those will be sold by the time they get here.)
So today's advice is: When you check the newspaper or the web to get updates on your favorite team's Spring Training, take a few extra minutes to order the trees and tree tubes you'll need for spring planting.
As for winter, we all know we're not out of the woods yet. More February and March snow storms are coming. Here in Minnesota the biggest ones always seem to coincide with the high basketball state tournaments. But those blizzards - and all that additional shoveling - will be a lot easier to take knowing that you have all of the materials you need for a successful spring tree planting reserved and ready!