What trees grow well in Idaho?

Top 5 Trees For The Boise Area:

1. Autumn Blaze Maple

2. Shademaster Honey Locust

3. Canada Red Chokecherry

4. Sensation Maple

5. River Birch

A lot of the soils in the Boise area are clay based. Choosing a tree that grows well here will require it to be hardy and tolerant of all soil conditions. It also needs to withstand the big temperature differences we have. The following trees all grow well in the Boise area and are available for purchase from Victory Greens.

Autumn Blaze Maple Tree

Autumn Blaze Maple

This is a fast growing tree that’s popular in the Treasure Valley. It is a hybrid tree that is a cross between the red and silver maple. They are green in the spring and in the fall turn into a brilliant red and orange coloring. This is the beautiful red tree that you often associate with fall colors. At full growth these trees can be 40-60ft tall and 40-60ft wide.

Shademaster Honeylocust Tree

Shademaster Honey Locust

This tree is low maintenance and works great for most yards. It provides excellent shade without completely blocking out the sun so your lawn and other plants will still get plenty of sunlight. It thrives in all soil conditions and is also resistant to pollution and salts. They grow 50-75ft tall and 25-40ft wide. It’s small leaves mean it won’t require much if any fall cleanup.

Canada Red Chokecherry Tree

Canada Red Chokecherry

Chosen by our staff as “the best tree for the Boise area” this is an amazing tree. It has an eye catching foliage that emerges green in the spring and turns into a dark purple moving into summer. Only growing to around 25ft tall and 20ft wide it will be a great choice for smaller yards or a street tree. It is fast growing and draught tolerant. It also does well in all soil types.

Sensation Maple

Sensation Maple

A very nice shade tree that grows 30-35ft tall and 20-25 feet wide. It grows well in smaller areas and is relatively drought tolerant. Easy to care for it does good in most soil types and can withstand a high ph. This tree can handle rough climates and has great fall colors. Having several of them lining a driveway or street makes for some excellent looking landscape.

River Birch Tree

River Birch

The River Birch is a very adaptable and heat tolerant tree. It looks good as the focus of a yard or as a shade tree. Popular for its smooth, light tan bark that peels to reveal salmon colored patches. Very fast growing and can actually double in size over a couple of years. Growing well in most soils, this tree also comes in a single stem or multi-stem variety. At full height it can be 25-50ft tall and 25-35ft wide.

All of these trees and more are available at:

Victory Greens
100 E Victory Rd
Meridian, Id 83642
(208) 888-5551

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Why Victory Greens Has The Best Topsoil In Boise

In the 20+ years that we’ve been in business here in Meridian we have had the ability to sort out only the best available garden and landscape products to have for sale. Our premium topsoil is no exception. Many years ago we used to get our topsoil from various suppliers around the valley. At one point in time we kept getting complaints from our customers that nothing would grow in the topsoil we had been selling at that time. Not wanting this to keep being an issue we set out to find the problem. After quite a bit of investigative work we finally learned that the topsoil we were getting from our supplier was sourced from various locations all over the Treasure Valley. It turns out that when a field was excavated for development, most of that topsoil would be dumped into a big pile at the suppliers storage lot.  We discovered that some of the topsoil we had acquired during this time was excavated from a lot that had been sprayed with sterilizing plant killer! No wonder nothing would grow in it. This continues to be how most other places in the valley that sell topsoil get theirs. But not us.

We decided to find a better source for topsoil. And we were able to find someone who owned huge areas of land near the Boise river. We struck a deal and we are now the only place in the valley to provide this nutrient rich sandy loam topsoil from the Boise River beds. The soils that are excavated here have not been exposed to pollutants or chemical treatments of any kind and truly is a premium topsoil. Taking it a step further, all the topsoil is screened to remove any weed seeds, rocks, sticks, or other contaminants. It works great for planting sod, filling garden beds, or making landscape berms. When combined with compost to create our garden mix blend it will grow plants like you wouldn’t believe!

There is always plenty of topsoil in our nursery available by the yard. Come by anytime and pick some up for your garden and landscape projects, or call to learn more about our delivery options.

Victory Greens
100 E Victory Road
Meridian, Id 83642
(208) 888-5551

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Where To Buy Landscape Rock Near Boise

Where To Buy Landscape Rock Near Boise

Victory Greens has been the Boise area’s best source of landscaping rock for nearly 30 years. Our Meridian stone yard has over 35 types of bulk rock available by the yard. Our decorative rock has a huge variety of uses whether you want to dress up your plant beds, create a driveway or path, or give a custom look to different areas of your yard.

Unlike other types of ground cover materials, decorative rock will maintain it’s appearance indefinitely. If a proper weed barrier is used it will remain weed free and low maintenance for many years. It is extremely durable and won’t break down or need replacing like wood chips or bark do.

Because it comes in so many sizes and colors, you can create almost any look you can think of to match your landscaping ideas.

How can I figure out how much rock I need?

As a general rule, a 10ft x 12ft area can be covered 2 inches deep with one yard of material. A yard of material is 27 cubic feet. To give you some idea, a yard will fill roughly half the bed on most average pickup trucks. If math isn’t really your thing, bring the measurements of the area you’d like to cover with rock to our stone yard. One of our friendly staff will help calculate how much material you need.

How much does landscape rock cost in Boise?

At Victory Greens we sell most of our rock by the yard. The cost will depend on which rock you choose, call us for pricing. If you need a lot of rock, say from 20 yards up to hundreds of yards. We can accommodate you but you will need to call us to make arrangements for such large quantities.

Where to buy landscape rock near Boise?

Victory Greens
100 E Victory Road Rd.
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 888-5551


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Prepare Your Garden Soils For Winter With Compost

Fall isn’t just the best time to winterize your grass and landscape plants. Your garden can also benefit from having compost, raw organic matter, and organic nutrients added to it. As you harvest and clear out your crops you will want to loosen up the soil and mix in a layer of compost.

Fall Garden Composting Mulching

Before the ground freezes the nutrients in the compost will help microbes and other beneficial organisms to grow. Your worn out end of the season soil will be prepped and ready for planting in the spring.

Just harvesting your garden plants and leaving the soil as is for the winter can cause you to have low amounts of microbes and nutrients to get your seeds going when you plant again in the spring. Garden soil that is regularly mixed with compost will be better able to hold air, water, and drain more effectively. Composted soil can also help prevent insect and disease problems in your plants.

Covering your composted areas with mulch can help keep the soils intact from heavy winter rains or water saturation. Over the course of winter soil organisms will be at work under the mulch bringing the compost deeper into the soil.

Here at Victory Greens we sell several kinds of compost and mulches. They are available in bulk by the yard. Come by our nursery during October or November and we will get you all setup with everything you need to prepare your lawn and garden soils for winter.

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Now Is The Best Time To Apply Winterizer To Your Boise Lawns

ferti-lome WinterizerHave you ever wondered how some people still have green grass in the middle of winter? Or how they always seem to be the first ones with lush green lawns in spring time? The answer is that they properly winterize their lawns with the correct kinds of fertilizer. Fall is a critical time for most kinds of grass. As the temperature begins to change and the days get shorter, grass will begin to store nutrients for the winter. It starts to shift food reserves from the leaves to the roots. Applying a good fertilizer mix will provide your lawn with plenty of food to get through the winter. It will also give it enough reserves to feed off of in the spring to grow extra thick and green.

At Victory greens we recommend using our ferti-lome Winterizer For Established Lawns. The 25-5-6 comes in 20lb bags and is specially formulated for our area to put your lawn in proper condition to withstand the hazards of a cold winter. It helps with the hardening of late growth and builds root systems. Root growth will continue throughout the fall and winter.

It takes approximately 4 lbs of ferti-lome winterizer for established lawns per 1000 sq ft. The maximum number of applications per treatment site is 2. You will need to water thoroughly after application.

Come by our nursery at 100 E Victory Road in Meridian to pick some up today. Be sure to talk with our knowledgeable staff about your specific lawn care needs. Or call us for more info at (208) 888-5551.

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How To Plant A Tree In The Boise Area Step By Step

Once you are ready to plant your new tree…

  1. Dig a hole that is respectfully wider than the root ball. *Note, that some areas restrict the size of the hole you can dig so make sure to have measurements ready when purchasing a tree or any other plant material. A wider hole will allow the roots to easily penetrate the surrounding soils and establish themselves. Try not to dig the hole any deeper than the root ball. It is usually best to set the root ball on undisturbed soil (see adjacent diagram).How To Plant A Tree Boise
  2. Your tree should be planted 1 to 3 inches above ground level rather than too deep. This insures your tree will be able to breath and have adequate oxygen for the root system even if you do not have well-drained soil.Before placing your tree in the hole, measure again and verify the hole is dug to the correct depth. It is difficult to take your tree back out of the hole without damaging the root ball or yourself.
  3. If your tree requires well-drained soil, a simple way to check your soil is to dig a foot deep hole and fill it with water. In about 12 hours, check to see if the water has perked into the soil. If the water hasn’t absorbed completely and has perked less than an inch per hour, you have a serious drainage problem. It may be necessary to build a mound and plant your tree a little higher than the surrounding ground elevation to compensate for drainage.Fill the bottom of the hole with a few inches of water and place the tree in the hole. Position and straighten your tree as you backfill carefully around the ball, using the best of the soil you removed when digging the hole. Once your tree is stable, cut and remove the top 1/3 of the rope and burlap off of the trees root ball.It is not necessary to remove the wire basket and burlap from the bottom of the root ball. The burlap will decompose over time and the basket will actually provide trace elements of iron as it rusts. You can also blend in organic matter into the soil you will be using around the root ball. It will provide natural nutrients for the tree over the next few years.Continue filling the hole, tamping and eliminating any large air pockets around the root ball. Try not to stomp around the tree since roots require oxygen in order to grow and develop properly. Water slowly once you are done planting the tree. The water will naturally settle the soil around the root ball and give your tree adequate moisture for about a week.
  4. Avoid Staking Unless NecessaryMost of Victory Greens balled and burlapped trees have a substantial root ball and if properly planted will not require staking. Even in most of our typical windstorms, the movement of the trunk will actually aid in the development of a stronger root system.If you are planting in an extremely windy area with no protection, it may be necessary to stake your tree. There are several methods of staking that can be utilized for stabilizing your tree for the first year. A popular method is a single stake on an angle (see adjacent diagram) propping the tree toward the prevailing winds. Aiming the stake to the northwest in Boise Valley will usually be more than adequate.Once you have planted your tree, it is best to form a circular dam of soil around your tree. This will create a water-well that will allow you to slowly soak your tree and give it a deep drink without having the water run away.Use Fertilome Root Stimulator to soil drench and aid your new tree’s root growth. Apply a half-gallon of mixed root stimulator per caliper inch. Do not fertilize your tree during the first growing season. You could burn the tender feeder roots with too much nitrogen and actually do more damage than benefit.
  5. Weekly watering will be adequate unless it is extremely hot and dry. Your tree will re-establish much quicker with less moisture rather than if it is over-watered and in wet heavy clay-soil that will prohibit it from getting needed oxygen.Consider investing roughly ten dollars in a moisture meter from one of the home improvement stores. It will help tell you when to give your tree water. If the meter shows dry, add water. If the meter shows saturated, hold off!Also, by paying attention to your tree’s body language you will learn when your tree is happy and growing well. You will also recognize when it is struggling and looking poorly. Remember 90% of all trees that die in the first year, die from overwatering.

If you have any questions about buying, planting or watering trees in the Boise area, feel free to call our nursery at (208) 888-5551

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