About Arbor Hill Tree Farm

Backyard Before Trees

Backyard After Trees Were Planted

Autumn Blaze Maple

Arbor Hill Tree Farm is a small, family farm, owned and operated by Jerry and Lisa Knutson in Cottage Grove, MN. We currently have 37 acres of trees in production, consisting of shade trees and evergreens at 3 locations. Our goal is to provide a quality tree at a competitive price, to local residents, businesses, landscape contractors, as well as wholesale customers. We are also committed to providing useful information to customers during all stages of planning, installation, and maintenance and care of trees.

Your trees are living things and must be cared for properly in order for them to survive, thrive, and be healthy. Watering and Mulching properly is crucial to your trees health.

Several factors determine how much to water your trees. They include: tree size, type of soil, weather conditions, and frequency of watering turf around trees. Watering deeply, thoroughly, and only as needed will encourage a deep and healthy root system.

Do not over water. More trees die from over watering than under watering. Always pull back mulch and check moisture content in soil before watering. Consult Arbor Hill Tree Farm for recommendations on your specific site.

The use of mulch around your trees will benefit it in many ways. A layer of several inches of a mulch material such as wood chips will help retain soil moisture and help to prevent wide fluctuations in soil temperature throughout the year.

Mulch also reduces weed growth around trees and prevents damage from lawn mowers and weed whips. As mulch decomposes, it adds valuable nutrients to the soil.

Maintain a 4-6" deep layer of mulch out about 1 ft. past the tree’s canopy. Keep the mulch back from the tree stem about 4". Mulch that is right up against the trunk keeps the root collar wet and may encourage mice to nibble trunk.