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Paul Tree Farms Grow Thousands of Trees
From seed to shade tree, the folks at Paul Tree Farms in Pleasant Plains are growing more than 40 thousand trees that will eventually be planted all over the state.
ABC News Channel 20's Lindsey Hess has the story.
"Maples, oaks, evergreens, like spruce or pines, and then we go into all of our ornamentals like red buds and crab apples, pears," said Danny Paul, owner of Paul Tree Farms.
All of the 40,000 trees spanning 120 acres at Paul Tree Farms in Pleasant Plains start here.
"It will start in the greenhouse from seed, and then we transplant them three to five times to the field, and then about eight to ten years later, we're putting them into your house," Paul said.
Paul says a lot of the visitors coming to the farm are itching to get their hands dirty.
"I think with the cold weather, it was a lot of cabin fever out there and so we're really just in the opening gates as far as starting business," Paul said.
Which is keeping Paul and his employees busy on the tree farm.
"This time of year we're digging all the trees, right now we dig all of our trees while they're dormant," Paul said.
A good number of those trees are balled, burlapped and shipped out.
"We deliver and install around the state, with the tornadoes up in Washington, we expect to be up there quite a bit"
The whole family is involved in planting and growing trees.
"My favorite tree is maple. They're kind of this big...like this big," said Paul's five-year-old son, Hunter.
Which is the most popular tree sold at the farm.
"People really go for the shade and the fall color," Paul said.
Paul says his trees did well through this winter's extremely cold temperatures, which could also control insects.
"I think it's going to go knock down a lot of the insects that we were having problems with so we got some good Illinois weather back so hopefully we don't have so many Japanese beetles and other pests around," Paul said.
But no matter what challenges come his way, Paul says he enjoys being in the tree farming business.
"I'm an outdoors-man, I like outside, and each job is a little different day to day," Paul said.
In Pleasant Plains, Lindsey Hess, ABC News Channel 20.
Paul Tree Farms is open for tours each weekend from 8 am to 5 pm.