Tree Care Tips & FAQs
Why Should I Buy A Tree?
Trees increase the value of your home and provide shade, comfort, and decrease utility bills. Our Sales Professionals can help you determine the exact location and type of tree that would be best for your specific needs, and we carry a one-year written warranty.
What Is The Fastest Growing Tree?
The Maples, Red Oak and the Chinese Pistachio are our fastest growing trees. The Maples grow an average of 3′ per year. The Red Oak and Chinese Pistachio grow an average of 2′ – 3′ per year.
When Is The Best Time To Plant?
We plant trees throughout the year. We also raise and harvest Native Texas Hardwood trees. Our trees are seasoned in the fields thus greatly increasing the success of our transplants.
What Do Prices On The Trees Include?
Fannin Tree Farm prices include standard front yard installation, staking and guide wiring (if necessary), fertilization, mulching, and clean up around the tree, plus the one-year Fannin Guarantee.
*Backyard & side yard installs may incur additional charges depending on point of access for equipment, fence removal, hand digging due to utility lines, dead tree removal and if additional equipment is required, i.e. crane.
What About Unusual Planting Situations And Extra Expenses?
Crane charges, underground utility lines, fence removal and replacement, jackhammer rental and extra labor for rock, plant and shrub removal, rerouting of sprinkler system lines are the financial responsibility of the purchaser.
How Soon Can My Selected Tree Be Planted?
It depends on the time of year. During the busy spring and fall seasons, our scheduling runs one to two weeks.
How Is My Tree Installed?
You can have confidence that your selected tree will be installed correctly by one of our professionally trained crews. Each crew is led by a supervisor that has over 20 years experience installing trees. The Crew not only will take the utmost care of your tree install, but of your yard as well. A few days prior to installation you will receive a call from our dispatcher to confirm our arrival. It is not necessary for you to be present at the job site; your tree is planted in the same location where you place the colored flags representing your tree purchase.
Top Five Mistakes with New Trees
Under watering in the hot summer months see more on water instructions.
Overwatering in the cooler months
2. Grade Changes
Adding as little as two inches of soil over a tree’s root zone can lead to death from oxygen deficiency. Almost all of a tree’s feeder roots are in the top twelve inches of soil; the top six to eight inches for some species, such as Oaks, and shallow-rooted species are especially susceptible to this type of damage. Placing soil around a tree to make a raised flowerbed is a slow but sure way to damage or kill the tree.
Broadleaf weed killers can also kill trees. They should be used with extreme caution. The same caution applies to weed-and-feed fertilizers.
4. Improper Pruning
When pruning, never leave stubs, these are an invitation to insects and disease. Trouble starts when the stubs begin to rot and the rot moves into larger limbs or the trunk. Always remove a limb back to its point of origin – the trunk or another limb. Cut just outside the bark “collar” at the base of the limb. And remember, there is never any reason to “top” a tree. This practice weakens the tree, destroys its natural shape, leads to weak and unsightly new growth that can break in high winds, and severely shortens the tree’s life.
5. Mechanical Injury
Many trees, especially young ones, are damaged by the careless use of lawn mowers and weed trimmers. Cutting through the protective bark and into the cambium layer beneath the bark, interferes with the movement of water and nutrients and seriously weakens the tree. The damaged area also provides entry for insects and diseases.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to consult with your sales associate.
How Do I Care For My Newly Planted Tree?
Once you purchase your tree, you will receive written instructions that explain the seasonal needs of your tree. Find out more about basic tree water and tree maintenance here.