Boulder Creek Flooding 2013








September 14, 2013 - Sadly, CreekSide Tree Nursery was hit very hard by the recent Boulder Creek Flooding. Within a twelve hour period our Nursery was at the mercy of the waves and much of it vanished and was washed away beofre our eyes. In the midst of all the tragedy, however, we are thankful and blessed that none of us were hurt, and that as a small family, we are safe. During the last few days, we have been working diligently to respond to phone calls, emails, and texts, but our first priority is saving the trees and shrubs we have left, while working tirelesly to try and find some of what we've lost in nearby lakes and neighboring areas. WE ARE OPEN NOW, but it will take us a long time to get back to where we were and truthfully we are unsure as to how much this may hurt us as we move forward. We are asking for your patience and support during this difficult time, but want you to be sure that we have started a plan and there is hope. With time, support, and a whole lot of physical labor, we plan to emerge from this a stronger and better nursery as we rebuilt it from the ground up. Thank you for all your support, kind words, thoughts, and prayers during this time. It is appreciated more than you know.







As of September 12, 2013 we have been working around the clock to repair the damage caused by the Boulder Creek Flooding. The above photos give you an idea of what we've been working with and what's ahead.

We hope to complete our recovery and rebuild by Fall of 2014.




With the help of friends, family, and countless volunteers CreekSide has fully started our long road to recovery. While the entirety of our cleanup cannot be completed until spring, we are moving forward! We have moved most of the debris from the grounds and have started sorting all the miscellaneous material that was scattered and brought in. We have recovered 100's of shrubs and trees along the creek and trucked them back to the nursery. And we are almost finished washing every plant and tree of mud and debris. 

While much is still broken, missing, or damaged, we have made tremendous progress and it shows. ;) 

Below are two links to a few albums full of photos from that historic day. Most of these were taken on the first few days of the flood. It is almost surreal to look at these photos and see how far we have come when not long ago, it was entirely overwhelming.

Boulder Creek Flooding Album 1 • Boulder Creek Flooding Album 2

Trees are an Investment?

You can increase the value of your home up to 15 percent while reaping the benefits now.

Take a look outside and see how you can create a living investment.

If you spend 5 percent of the value of your home on landscaping, and do it wisely, you might get 150 percent or more of your money back. And sometimes that number can go even higher. If your home’s landscaping is on the low-end for the area and you’re putting it on par with your neighbors, you could be looking at around a 15 percent rise in value. This is big money that can add to your equity. This is a very easy and often over-looked investment.

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Why Large Trees?

Why do you specialize in LARGE trees?

Get A TREE Not A Stick

This is a group of our favorite questions to answer. First and foremost, we love, just love, large trees. We like selling trees to our customers that give them “instant gratification.” We like seeing the birds making nests in our trees because they feel as if they’ve been there for years. We just like the feeling we get after we’ve planted one in someone’s yard and literally transformed it. Yet, another reason we specialize in large trees is because that’s our niche. It’s our way of competing with other nurseries and it seems to be something high in demand.


Is their survival rate the same when compared to smaller trees when installed? 

As far as survival rates for larger trees—yes, your tree has just as good of chance, if not a better one, of surviving an installation as smaller ones do. One thing we want our customers to remember is that we only sell healthy, root pruned, correctly-dug trees. That means that because each root ball is dug in direct proportional ratios to the size of the tree’s trunk, each tree has the same chance of survival. With larger trees, however, there are larger amounts of essential roots developed, which are stored within the root ball--this makes the trees survivability skyrocket as it's less reactive to the installation, weather changes, and shock. In essense, it has a large reservoir of life to pull from just in case. So many small trees have such a small amount of essential roots developed that they tend to need a lot more care initially. And one or two missed watering can prove detrimental for a small tree. A larger one, however, isn't as dramatically affected so suddenly.

We’ve heard people say that friends have told them that "a smaller tree will thrive and grow faster than a larger tree and, thus, catch up to the larger tree in no time." And that "while the larger tree will take longer to establish its roots and, thus, remain the same size for many years, the smaller tree has be 'catching up' with it during the same time-frame." The thought behind this is, "Why buy a larger tree, when you can invest a smaller amount and know the trees will each be the same size in a few years?" Well, we disagree. First of all, the larger tree will not remain the same size for many years: In five years, a larger version of the same tree will, undoubtedly, be larger in size than the smaller tree. But many times a few years isn't just five. Some tree grow quickly, others take 10+ years to really develop and take off. Therefore, some trees will always be dramatically different in size if planted at varying ages. Others might look relatively close in age over time. In addition to the trees growing a different rates, when you plant a larger tree, you get a large tree that day! There is no waiting for it to get the size you want. Most people don’t plant trees for the next owners of their homes; therefore, you shouldn’t plant a tree that you won’t get to enjoy because of its smaller size. Even though a larger tree does cost more, you’re only paying what is fair for its age. At our nursery, we not only have a high quality, large tree selection, we guarantee to have the best price in all of Boulder County. Thus, know that you’re making a good decision in your tree purchases and feel confident that you’ve done your research.


Are they a good investment for my home? 

As for the tree being a good investment… There are many people who ask us for a “fast-growing tree” because they think it’s the best way to go when deciding what tree to plant in their yard as time is usually of the essense. Yet, as with most things, there are prices to pay for “fast-growing trees.” For one, the faster the tree grows, the softer the bark. The softer the bark, the more likely the tree is to break in winds and snows. Let us take care of finding a well cared-for tree so that you can focus your energies on finding a larger tree, rather than one that just grows fast. For your money and overall investment, a larger tree is better than a “faster” tree. (For additional information, visit “Trees are an Investment?” in the FAQS).


Do you carry seedlings?

Seedlings are not commonly sold by nurseries in Colorado.

treecarryWstick-squareAt this time, we do not carry seedlings. Why? Time is a direct factor to profit and cost in this business and with Colorado's climate there are not many ways to profit from seedling sales. Most of the trees grown in Colorado specifically for retail and wholesale markets are grown from whips or "seedlings" brought from facilities that specialize in growing that type of plant material. While trees can start from a single seed, and can grow that way in Colorado, there are ways to make a product better and save time and money in the process by using saplings or grafting instead. Many of these processes require specialized growing environments. This is primarily why we do not sell seedlings as a normally stocked product.

With that said, we can special order most any plant in a small "seedling" size. However, timing is important and larger quantities tend to make it more feasible. Please call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us with any concerns or comments you have on this matter. We can supply plants just like you see in the photo below.

Why did you change your name?

Q: Where did the name “J’s & Grant’s Plants” originate from?

A: J’s & Grant’s Plants was chosen by Jason’s mother as the name for Jason’s nursery back in 1995—given that it incorporated the names of he and his siblings. The thought was that since Jason was young, his two other siblings might, one day, want to participate in the business too. Thus, this name combined, Jason, Jessica, and Grant’s name. It was changed to CreekSide Tree Nursery in 2004 because the majority of the stock was trees, not plants and CreekSide was significantly easier to say and spell. It was chosen because CreekSide runs parallel to Boulder Creek.

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Is it ok to plant

When is it ok to plant a tree?


Is this a good time or a bad time?

Planting trees this time of year is still perfectly fine.

We are selling and planting trees everyday and it's entirely okay! When someone tells you this is a bad time to plant trees, typically they do not understand the difference between transplanting and replanting

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Its so hot

How should I be watering my new trees/shrubs?

Please review your watering schedule in these times of extreme weather.

Click Here for the Watering Guide. It is very hard to over water your tree during these heat waves...possible, but very hard. If you miss a watering, your tree will show you: droopy or yellow leaves means it needs more water! If you miss a few watering sessions, it can cause trouble. With proper watering, your trees/shrubs will be just fine and continue to thrive in the heat.
-CreekSide Staff

General Information

General Information About CreekSide:

Professional Designations and Certifications - What do they mean?

Horticulturist work and coduct research in the disciplines of gardening and landscaping, plant propagation and cultivation, crop prodcution, plant breeding and genetic engineering, plant biochemisty, and plant physiology. In addition Horticulturists tend to be versed in all or many of the plant techniques that Arborists practice. The work of a Horticulturists involves fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs, and turf. Horticulturists work to create beautiful landscapes, improve crop yield, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, disease, and environmental stresses. Horticulturists can work in industy, govenment, or educational institutions or private collections. They can be cropping systems engineers, wholesale or retail business managers, garden center employees, greenhouse growers, propagators and tissue culture specialists (fruit, vegetables, ornamentals, and turf), crop inspectors, crop production advisers, extension specialists, plant breeders, research scientists, and of course, teachers.

Arborists, or tree surgeons are professionals in the practice of arboriculture, which is the management an maintenance of ornamental or shade trees. Work can include tree surgery and also care of shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. An arborist is distinct from a forester, or from a logger. Those professions may have much in common, but the scope of work is different. Arborists frequently focus on health and safety of individual trees, or wooded landscapes, rather than managing forests or harvesting wood.

A Horticulturist may also have experience as an arborist and can address tree issues in your landscape, just as an arborist may have additional horticultural and landscaping knowledge. If you hire any professional to assist you in your landscape, you should always ask for credentials to determine the individual's background, regardless of the title they may be using.

Master Gardener - Master Gardener Programs are volunteer programs affiliated with a Cooperative extension service office and a land-grant university that educates the public on gardening and horticultural issues. Typically Master Gardeners answer questions via phone, speak at public events and participate in community gardening displays. Individuals that pursue Master Gardener training are generally amateur gardeners with an interest in community outreach and supporting the professional community. Master Gardener is not a professional certification and should not confused with professional degrees or certifications.

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Our Mission

Our Mission:

CreekSide Tree Nursery specializes in the sale of LARGE nursery stock. We provide trees and shrubs that give the discriminating customer the satisfaction of money well spent. Our customers actually get a TREE and not a small stick.

Our goal is to provide our customer with both products and services that enhance their property and add value to every aspect of their yard. We take great pride in our work and we take it very seriously.

Our Core Values are Customer Service, Innovation, Integrity, and Education.

Since 1993, CreekSide Tree Nursery not only provides its customers with healthy nursery grown plant material at a cost below its competitors, but also offers a warranty and outstanding customer service to each and every customer. In addition, CreekSide provides local, up-to-date horticultural information. Our service does not stop with the completion of the sale—that is when it starts.

CreekSide Tree Nursery customers demand high quality stock and we can deliver. Our commitment to long-term relationships means that we must understand the changing needs of our customers and earn that right to continue to serve them by doing a great job - year in and year out.

With CreekSide Tree Nursery you can expect...

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How CreekSide Began

Our story... 

After approximately two summers of hard work, Jason decided to get his business license in selling nursery stock. He had been fairly successful selling perennials during the prior summers and wanted to pursue nursery work even further by trying to make it a permanent job. The year was 1995 and Jason was only 13 years old. This is the foundation of J’s & Grant’s Plants: A hardworking, self-propelled, young boy who found that his summer job was just as fun as the times he spent skateboarding.

During the summer of 1993,

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