INSTANTHEDGE FEATURED IN THE GROWER TALKS NEWSLETTER
If you attended MANTS, and during the horticultural overload period managed to stop and look at the Rare Tree Nursery booth, you may have seen the display of InstantHedges. Before I go further, let me thank the marketing folks of InstantHedges for keeping the "T" in Instant!
But back to the topic—it’s pretty ingenious, especially considering its simplicity. The concept revolves around providing what consumers want. You ask, "What is that?" Instant gratification, of course. That’s why they hire a landscape contractor in the first place!
The basic idea is to have a containerized hedge that can be planted at a landscape site and have a same-day effect at planting. When I see these photos, all I can think is that this is as elegant as my beautiful wife, who takes 30 minutes to look like a movie star. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the same in a landscape, in the era of instant gratification? I think so—and I think Brent Markus and the folks at Rare Tree Nursery are onto something big here.
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INSTANTHEDGE FEATURED IN THE FLORAL DAILY NEWSLETTER
“Nursery offers finished hedges in a day”
Designers, landscapers, and contractors now have an instant option for privacy, screening, and aesthetics with InstantHedge.
"Marrying custom, patented technology with decades of horticultural experience, we have created beautiful, high-quality hedges for any landscape. Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together to form a screen, our InstantHedge provides immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design," says owner Brent Markus.
Each InstantHedge is an evergreen or deciduous hedge sold in panels of four trees that have been pruned multiple times each year using GPS tracking equipment to provide extraordinary density. Revolutionary technology ensures precision, accuracy and delivery of a consistent product. The hedges look like they’ve been growing in place for years, not just dropped in the ground.
InstantHedges arrive on site in sturdy biodegradable cardboard boxes ready to plant, and easy to maneuver with loading equipment. The result? Instant privacy and design features in 3-4' and 5-6' heights.
"We don’t ship plants, we ship plantscapes. It’s a totally new product for the U.S. market because of the unit size and scale of production," says owner Brent Markus. He continues, "and no one can resist instant!"
2018 is just the beginning for InstantHedge. "With 400,000 trees in production, we are only starting to discover the applications made possible by this innovation," says Brent.
If initial response to the products is anything to go by, the future is bright. Response to InstantHedges’ debut at winter trade shows has been outstanding. Renowned plantsman Michael Dirr stopped by to see the hedges at the MANTS trade show and remarked that they were "brilliant!" Many others have said, "I’ve been waiting for something like this for 15 years."
Says Brent, "At the show there was a sequence of responses, starting with shock, moving to inquisitiveness, then amazement. Everyone loved the concept once they 'got’ it."
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INSTANTHEDGE FEATURED IN THE GREEN PROFIT NEWSLETTER
“Hedges In a Day!”
When I saw a press release come into my inbox this week with the subject heading “Finished Hedges in a Day!,” I was skeptical. I’ve seen those “hedges” that are actually stiff plastic look-alikes—that’s got to be what the release was referring to. Right?
Wrong! InstantHedges are the real chlorophyll-filled deal. According to the release, these hedges look like they’ve been growing in place for years. In fact, they have been growing in place for about four years, at the 80-plus acre Oregon nursery owned by InstantHedge creator Brent Markus. Using patented technology and GPS tracking equipment, the nursery’s rows of trees are meticulously trimmed to create a dense and consistent hedge. That hedgerow is then dug up in 40-inch sections, shipped in a sturdy cardboard box and are ready to plant. “We don’t ship plants,” says Brent. “We ship plantscapes.”
Brent got the idea for InstantHedge while on a trip to Holland in 2012. In 2014 he planted more than 400,000 plants. Now with some of them topping 6 ft., it’s time to dig and ship. Brent has 13 different evergreen and deciduous varieties to choose from in zones ranging from 2-9, heights from 3-6 ft. and from full to partial sunlight. In the fall they plan to start selling 18-inch lengths of boxwood hedging.
And what does one do with InstantHedge? Well, it’s essentially an instant privacy screen. No need to plant smaller trees or shrubs and wait for them to grow in. Landscape designers and architects will appreciate that.
I emailed Brent to ask him a little more about it. I threw out the idea of laying the hedges to create doorways and such. “The hedges are delivered in 40-inch panels … essentially blocks or ‘Legos’ for the landscape,” he wrote back. “So you can create doors in a landscape, in place of a fence, or to distinguish outdoor rooms.”
What about IGCs? Can they sell it?
“Yes!” he wrote. “For this spring we are offering InstantHedges delivered in woven plastic pots. These will be the same hedges we deliver in cardboard, but the plastic gives shelf life for garden centers and retailers.” I think these would be an easy way for restaurants with outdoor seating—or anyone with outdoor patio space—to create instant privacy. And being in plastic woven pots means they could be moved around where needed.
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INSTANTHEDGE FEATURED ON LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT.NET
InstantHedge, a nursery based in Canby, Ore., will release its live, ready-to-plant hedges in spring 2018. “Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together to form a screen, our InstantHedge provides immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design,” said Brent Markus, founder of InstantHedge.
Each panel—consisting of four trees—is 40 inches and is available in heights of 3 to 4 feet or 5 to 6 feet and a thickness of 16 inches.
The hedges are delivered in plantable, biodegradable cardboard containers. There are three units per pallet and 90 units per truckload.
The trees have been cultivated for more than five years by experienced hands and precision-agricultural technologies, said the company.
Local satellite, high-frequency GPS guides InstantHedge’s patented equipment for planting, watering, root pruning, delicate sculpting and harvesting, ensuring uniformity and consistent quality.
InstantHedge currently offers thirteen varieties of evergreen and deciduous trees in heights ranging from four to six feet. The hedge units can be planted in any configuration and can conform to any landscape design.
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INSTANTHEDGE ANNOUNCES THE AVAILABILITY OF ITS FIRST EVER READY-TO-PLANT HEDGES
The only nursery in the United States offering beautiful, thriving hedges, shipped ready to plant in a biodegradable cardboard box. Each elegant InstantHedge unit is designed for rapid planting - privacy and finished design in a day!
CANBY, OR, February 1, 2018 – InstantHedge announced that its high-quality, live, ready-to-plant hedges will be available in Spring 2018. The Company, five years in the making and planting, is the only nursery in the United States to offer this product. Using the precision of GPS and computer-controlled equipment, InstantHedge offers quality-controlled hedges sold as a unit consisting of several trees in a panel, ready to be planted for instant privacy. Up to 500 feet of trees – approximately 150 InstantHedge Units – can be planted in just one day.
Brent Markus, the founder of InstantHedge, said, “Utilizing technology with custom implements, we have created beautiful, high-quality hedges that we can furnish for any landscape. Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together to form a screen, our InstantHedge provides immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design.”
The trees are cultivated over five years by experienced hands coupled with the most advanced precision-agricultural technologies. Local satellite, high frequency GPS guides InstantHedge’s patented equipment through the crops for planting, watering, root pruning, delicate sculpting, and harvesting, ensuring exceptional uniformity and consistent quality. InstantHedge currently offers thirteen varieties of evergreen and deciduous trees in heights ranging from four to six feet. The hedge units can be planted to conform to any landscape design.
Brent discovered his passion in his teens, landscaping his parents’ garden in a suburb of Chicago. He won his first award, the Chicago Tribune Garden Contest Best Collectors Garden, when he was 17, and his designs have been featured in numerous national publications. Brent attended Cornell University to study landscape architecture and received his Masters in Horticulture. Brent’s original nursery, Rare Tree Nursery has been operating from the same location for the past 11 years and specializes in Japanese Maples and Dwarf Conifers.
Headquartered in Canby, Oregon, InstantHedge maintains more than 80 acres of in-ground and container-grown hedges and offers year-round harvesting and shipping. The Company is now taking orders for delivery through 2020. For information, ordering, and pricing, visit InstantHedge, email email@example.com, or call 503.587.0102. For media inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hedges can be planted in any configuration and can be customized and configured from a landscape architectural drawing.
- 40’’ panels consisting of four trees are available in heights 3-4’ or 5-6’ tall and 16” thick. The hedges are delivered in plantable, biodegradable cardboard containers. There are three units per pallet, 90 units per truckload.
- Accuracy of InstantHedge tractor’s GPS: 0.5”
- Two rows are planted, trimmed and pruned at once.
- Varieties (Name – Common Name)
- Buxus x. ‘Green Mountain’ – Green Mountain Boxwood
- Prunus laurocerasus – English or Cherry Laurel
- Prunus lusitanica – Portuguese Cherry Laurel
- Taxus x. media ‘Hicksii’ – Yew
- Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaenis’ – "Skip" Cherry Laurel
- Thuja occidentalis – American Arborvitae
- Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ – Emerald Green Arborvitae
- Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’ – Western Red Cedar
- Thuja x ‘Green Giant’ – Green Giant Arborvitae
- Fagus sylvatica – European Beech
- Acer ginnala ‘Flame’ – Flame Amur Maple
- Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry
- Acer campestre – Hedge Maple