Weese Tree Preservation and Nurseries is a tree care company and tree nursery owned and operated by Eric Weese. Eric established Weese Tree Preservation in 2004 with a focus on providing science-based tree care services to the local community. The development of Weese Nurseries began in 2003. It's a small, specialty nursery growing trees native to the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence and Carolinian Forest regions of Ontario.
Eric Weese - Arborist and Nursery Grower
Eric graduated from Lakehead University in 2002 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry (H.B.Sc.F.). After graduation, Eric began work as a certified arborist in Boston, Massachusetts. He continued to work as a certified arborist in the public and private sectors in Ottawa, Toronto and Kingston until 2011. In 2011, Eric became self-employed on a full-time basis, operating Weese Tree Preservation. Eric holds the following credentials:
- Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry - H.B.Sc.F. (Lakehead University- 2002)
- Bachelor of Education - B.Ed. (Queen's University - 2011)
- ISA Certified Arborist (2002)
- Ontario Provincial Arborist Certification (2004)
- Ontario Provincial Utility Arborist Certification (2008)
- Ontario Certified Tree Seed Collector (2007)
Eric Weese, H.B.Sc.F., B.Ed.,
We are located on the south shore of Hay Bay, near Hayburn, Ontario. Our farm is situated on 15 acres, at the bottom of a small watershed and wetland area flowing into Hay Bay. In 2003, the development of a two-acre field production area began. Invasive species were removed from the fence rows and native coniferous trees were added to function as a windbreak around the nursery fields. Native trees and shrubs were planted along the banks of an adjacent stream to prevent soil erosion and to provide habitat for fish and wildlife.
We sustainably manage the two-acre field production area to maintain the health of the nutrient - rich, clay-loam soil. This allows us to productively grow a range of species native to the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence and Carolinian Forest regions. A sales yard and holding area were constructed in 2011 to keep trees healthy until the time of pick up.
We offer field-grown trees ranging in height from 125cm to 200cm. Our trees are grown in root control bags to prevent the loss of field soil. The bags create a natural root structure and retain fine roots at the time of harvest. Each tree is irrigated through a drip system. This method of irrigation creates a dense, fibrous root system, which helps to reduce the impact of transplant shock.
The trees you purchase will have the root control bag removed. A remaining soil ball will be wrapped in burlap and placed in a #5 (five gallon) nursery container. The root ball is approximately 30cm in diameter and 25cm in height and weighs about 14kg to 16kg (30lbs to 35lbs). Occasionally, we offer container-grown and smaller bare root trees.