You’ve heard of a tree farm, right? If you’ve ever wondered why they exist it’s because they are a pretty reliable way to generate extra revenue. If you are considering an extra income or are contemplating developing a business on the side for a stream of income during retirement this could be your answer.
The best part about tree farming is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get started and you don’t need extra special forms of education or specialized certification to grow trees. What you will need is room for your crop and some time to invest into building your farm.
I do have a very special tip to share with you that will save you a lot of trial and error time spent in trying to find the right tree to grow. The best way to build your tree farm into a successful venture is to select what are commonly called high value trees.
There are two reasons to do this. First, they are specialty items that lend themselves to a number of value-added uses and secondly, as they are typically considered specialty trees, they will earn you a premium price for either the tree or what the tree produces.
Here are a few examples: Bonsai is the art of growing miniature trees which has a history that goes back thousands of years. A bonsai nursery is perfect if you don’t have a huge plot of land to use for a tree farm and the popularity of bonsai trees continues to grow.
Another choice is fruit trees. Not only can you sell the trees themselves, but there is profit available to those who purchase them and convert the crop from them into jams, jellies or a number of other food products. Fruit trees are also popular with those who don’t have a lot of space but desire a tree or two for cherries, apples or whatever. In fact, with the interest in heritage fruit trees, this can be a specialty worth exploring or if space is an issue, dwarf trees produce fruit in less time and space than regular size trees.
Japanese maple trees are another high-value tree as is it generally considered a collector tree. They are favorites with landscapers who use them usually for features in a yard where they can be found either in a group of trees or as a standalone focal point. Either way, the fact that the Japanese maple is a ‘collector tree’ means they can generate a high return with some nurseries charging between $200 and $2,000 for specimen trees.
Home owners, landscapers and nurseries are always looking for landscape trees and that can be any kind from apple trees to anything with green leaves on it. As a result, a backyard tree nursery of regular landscape trees can still turn a profit when the target market is those who need landscape trees for cosmetic reasons in a yard getting a makeover.
Nut trees, willow trees and Christmas trees are also great tree farming choices that can bring in seasonal income when demand is greatest for these trees. To find more ideas on how to start and manage your own backyard tree farm visit ProfitablePlantsDigest.com. You’ll also find more about this profitable specialty crop in our free eBook: