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New ACT Member- Hale and Hines Nursery

By sarah | April 3, 2009

McMinnville, TN (April 3, 2009)- Founded in 1987, this family nursery occupies 400+ acres of field production growing area in Tennessee. They sell products strictly wholesale to the nursery industry, and many of their container trees have been used in regional tree-planting initiatives. Terry Hines, the owner, has long had a reputation for being an advocate for conservation and for the protection of natural resources. He has also been voted by his peers as the 2007 Tennesee Wholesale Nurseryman of the Year.

All land used for production was previously farmland. To show their commitment to the environment, Hale and Hines packages all field-grown products with biodegradable burlap and sisal twine. They use a 100% recycled household waste product in their potting mix, and require the use of a custom-blend liquid-feed fertilizer to avoid over-fertilizing. They regularly pour troughs and as needed adjust the nutrients in the water used in the container production in order to control runoff. In addition, they reuse all plastic containers from their own production, and, when possible, buy back larger containers from their wholesale customers.
Hale and Hines has a plant pathologist, Dr. Mario Soza, on staff. His primary duties are monitoring and spotting disease and insect concerns. By receiving expert analysis from Dr. Soza, the nursery is able to greatly reduce the amount of farm chemicals used to produce healthy plants. As a committed producer of quality trees, the nursery is a key supplier of nursery stock to businesses, homeowners, and nonprofits alike.
For more information, visit Hale and Hines Nursery.

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