Yearly Archives: 2014

Are You Prepared for Winter? 

WinterDecember has rolled around once again, which means it’s time to prepare your trees for Texas’ unpredictable wintry weather. To help, we’ve provided five simple tips for winter tree care:

 

  1. Pruning – If you decide to prune this winter to foster healthy spring growth, do so once your trees have entered dormancy (mid-to-late winter).
  2. Mulching – To avoid moisture and temperature fluctuations, apply mulch around the base of your tree. Leave space between the mulch and the truck to keep pests at bay.
  3. Bracing – Prepare for winter storms by bracing or cabling your trees’ main branches.
  4. Salting – If you use rock salt to winterize sidewalks and walkways, be sure to keep it away from trees, as it can impede proper water and nutrient absorption.
  5. Wrapping – To protect your tree from harsh winter conditions, you can wrap the truck with strips of burlap and secure them with twine.
If you have any questions or concerns about preparing your trees for winter, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Fannin Tree Farm!  

Goodbye Summer, Hello Planting Season!

Fall

There’s a sense of crispness in the air, the weather is steadily getting more pleasant and the ever-popular pumpkin spice products have made their way to coffee shops and supermarkets near you. Yes, fall has officially arrived!

Along with fall comes the mindset that this season marks the end of the planting and growing season. However, this point of view is false, for fall is actually the perfect time to plant trees for a number of reasons including:

 

Better weather conditions – The cooler air and adequate rainfall allow trees to establish their root systems before winter rolls around.
Better soil conditions – Soil is usually warmer and less damp in fall than in springtime.
Optimum planting environment – Tending to newly planted trees in the spring and summer can make you work up a sweat. Planting in fall provides a more pleasurable planting experience.

Take advantage of this optimum tree-planting time, and come out to Fannin Tree Farm to find the perfect tree to plant this fall!

Five Common Mistakes for New Tree Owners

Newly Planted Tree

Here at Fannin Tree Farm, we enjoy helping our customers with any issues regarding their newly purchased trees. From providing expert tree care assistance on our sales lot to professional tree installation  at their destinations, our tree specialists love lending our customers a helping hand because we want everybody’s Fannin trees to survive and thrive for many years to come. This being the case, our tree experts have compiled a list of five common mistakes new tree owners tend to make. To protect your tree investment and ensure its livability, be sure to not engage in the following mistakes.

  1. Improper Watering – One of the easiest ways to harm your new tree is to water it improperly, which includes under watering and over watering. To ensure you do not under water your tree, keep in mind that new trees need about five gallons of water for every caliper inch. For example, if your tree measures four caliper inches, it needs 20 gallons of water at least three times a week. As a general rule, newly planted trees need to be watered at least three times a week using a deep-watering method (e.g., hand watering, Gator Bags, soaker hoses and zoned drip systems). To keep from overwatering, check the dampness of the soil at the base of your tree. It should have about the same water content as that of a damp sponge – it should never be soggy.
  2. Soil Compaction – It is essential to have the optimum soil conditions as your new tree strives to acclimate itself to its new environment. Compacting the soil at the base of a newly planted tree is a good way to strangle it and thus inhibit its growth and vitality. Soil compaction has two main effects. First, too much soil density will keep your tree’s root system from expanding and will stifle growth. Second, soil compaction prevents the flow of water and nutrients to the tree’s roots. To prevent soil compaction, do not walk near the base of your new tree or place anything heavy (like lawn equipment) anywhere under the tree’s canopy.
  3. Mechanical Damage  – One of the most common, preventable mistakes people make with their new tree is damaging it with lawn mowers, weed eaters, bicycles or other pieces of equipment. Hitting or leaning these objects on your new tree injures its bark, which makes it harder for the tree to repair itself. Sometimes tree wounds are unable to heal if the tree sustains further injury, which makes the tree vulnerable to disease and hinders the proper flow of vital water and nutrients. Be sure to exercise caution when you maintain your yard to be sure you do not damage your new tree in the process.
  4. Improper Pruning – Pruning a tree is essential for optimum growth and health. It ensures appropriate distribution of sunlight, prevents damage to vital limbs, strengthens trees’ structures and promotes long-term vitality. You should never prune haphazardly to keep branches in check, nor should you severely cut your tree’s topmost branches if they appear to be too tall. To prune your new tree, start with ridding it of dead or damaged branches, and then clear overgrown and smaller branches. The best time to prune your tree is in late winter before the spring flush.
  5. Using Chemicals– Using chemicals to kill weeds in your yard or to control other non-tree related issues can be a real detriment to newly planted trees. Be very careful to not spray any chemicals on your tree’s foliage or root zone when you’re working in the yard.

If you have any questions about these five common tree care mistakes or how to care for your new tree, do not hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help in any way we can!

Tree Watering Tips for Summer 2014

Tree Watering

The days are longer, and temperatures are higher, which means summer is officially here! Thanks to North Texas’ summer heat, new water-restriction policies have gone into effect around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. However, it is important to know that these restrictions don’t apply to slow-soaking methods that allow you to keep your trees adequately watered, such as: Gator Bags, hand watering, soaker hoses and zoned drip systems.

According to this area’s restrictions,”Watering trees with a hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation system for up to two hours daily” is allowed. To help guide your watering habits this summer, the tree experts at Fannin Tree Farm have compiled the following tips.

Summer 2014 Watering Tips

  • It’s important to water newly planted trees at least three times a week by using one of the aforementioned slow-soaking methods. To relieve the effects of heat stress on hot, windy days, be sure to shower leaves, limbs and trunks. If you opt to use Gator Bags, be sure to fill them up every two to three days and remove them periodically to allow trunks to receive adequate airflow.
  • As a general rule, newly planted trees should receive five gallons of water for every caliper inch, which is measured six inches above the ground. For example, if your tree is 4 inches in caliper, it needs 20 gallons of water at least three times a week.
  • Avoid watering too frequently and shallowly. When watering a tree, be sure to do so deeply by using one of the slow-soaking methods.
  • It’s a good practice to water trees during the coolest parts of the day, like morning and evening, when there is less chance for evaporation.

Take Caution

The above watering tips are simply guidelines; there is no one-size-fits-all watering schedule. Be sure to check the soil’s moisture levels before watering. If you use sprinkler systems, do not rely on them for properly watering your trees because they do not sufficiently address trees’ watering needs. Further, keep in mind other factors while watering like: cloud coverage, rain, soil type, temperature and shade. If you have any questions or concerns about summer watering, be sure to contact our office. We’d be glad to help you!

Fannin Arbor Day Event

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It’s Time for Fannin’s Arbor Day Event!

Come celebrate this great holiday with Fannin

Arbor Day, the special holiday devoted to the celebration and appreciation of trees, is right around the corner! In observance of this special holiday, Fannin Tree Farm is happy to announce that we will be hosting our annual Arbor Day Event from Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27.

Family Event – Saturday,  April 26th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, April 26, we invite everyone and their families to come out to our tree farm and enjoy a day of food and family fun!

This day we will have:

  • Free food
  • Arts and crafts stations
  • A place to pot infant trees to take home and nurture
  • A large obstacle course available for the kids

Arbor Day Specials – Friday, April 25 – Sunday, April 27

From April 25 through April 27, we will be offering special pricing and discounts on select tree sales.

We are offering:

  •  10% off purchases of two or more trees
  • 15% off all Cedar Elm trees
  • 30% off all Japanese Maple trees
  • Up to 30% off select inventory

So come celebrate Arbor Day with us. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

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Fannin Tree Farm | 15700 State Highway 121 | Frisco, TX 75035

Fannin Annual Spring Sale

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Are You Ready for Spring? 

We sure are! To show our excitement, Fannin Tree Farm will host our annual Spring Tree Sale from Friday, March 21 to Sunday, March 23.

This weekend will be offering:

• 15% Off All Cedar Elm Trees

Up To 30% Off Select Inventory

• 10% Off Purchases of 2 or More Trees

Plus, anyone who purchases a tree on Saturday or Sunday will be entered to win a 10′-12′ tall native North Texas Cedar Elm that is 3″ caliper. 

 

We will also be announcing the winner of our Facebook Free Tree Sweepstakes on Saturday. Enter for your chance to win before March 21.

 

So bring the family out this weekend to our expansive sales lot, where you will be able to peruse our large inventory of premium Texas trees and choose a tree or group of trees that will stand the test of time and add beautiful value to your home. Get Directions >

 

Win a Free Fannin Tree

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February 21st – March 21, 2014

Is there a spot on your property that could be enhanced by a beautiful Fannin tree? If so, you’re in luck because Fannin Tree Farm will be hosting a Free Tree Sweepstakes on Facebook from February 21 through March 21. The winner will be announced at noon during the Spring Sale on March 22 and receive one 45 gallon shade tree of his or her choice.*

To learn more about Fannin’s Free Tree Sweepstakes and for further entry conditions, go www.FreeFanninTree.com

*Choice of Live Oak Tree, Red Oak Tree, Chinese Pistache Tree, Cedar Elm Tree and Bur Oak Tree

Six More Weeks of Winter Equals More Time to Prune

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The results of Groundhog Day on February 2 reveled that we are in for another six weeks of winter, for Phil the Groundhog saw his shadow. For some, this news may come as a disappointment because, let’s face it, we Texans are not built for long, cold winters. With all the ice that has accumulated across North Texas this winter, who isn’t (at least a little) ready for springtime? But since we must endure at least six more weeks of winter, now is the perfect time to start pruning your trees to prepare them for new growth in the spring.

Pruning Advantages

As of right now, trees are in their most dormant states, which makes this time, up until early spring, the best time to prune your trees. Why take the time to prune your trees, you ask? Just as we maintain personal upkeep by regularly getting haircuts and trimming our nails, trees require a certain level of maintenance to keep them healthy and looking their best. By ridding them of unnecessary or damaged limbs, pruning helps strengthen and support trees’ structures and promotes long-term vitality. Aside from these advantages, pruning trees also helps:

    • Ensure the appropriate distribution of sunlight.
    • Prevent damage to necessary limbs.
    • Guard against the spread of disease.
    • Promote fast regrowth in the spring

Pruning Pointers

The overall goal of pruning trees is to promote healthy growth and keep the branches that help them develop and maintain their shapes in good condition. Since most trees dropped their leaves in late fall, take advantage of this time while you can see your trees in their entirety without any visual obstructions from leaves. When you begin pruning, start with ridding your trees of dead and/or diseased branches. Then clear overgrown and smaller branches. Be sure your clippers or garden shears are sharp before starting any pruning projects. This will minimize any crushing, bruising or tearing of branches. For the best results, cut branches at a 45-degree angle a quarter inch from buds. If you have any questions or concerns during your pruning efforts, do not hesitate to give the experts at Fannin Tree Farm a call. We’d be glad to assist you in any way we can.

Treescaping Around Your Home

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Shade Trees

Plant shade trees to cool your home & conserve energy. Properly placed trees can reduce home energy consumption up to 15% by providing shade for roofs, wall, windows & air conditioners.

Shade Trees Can include:

shumard-red-oak_small Shumard Red Oak

bur-oak_smallBur Oak

live-oak_small Live Oak

cedar-elm_small Cedar Elm

bald-cypress_smallBald Cypress

 

 

Value Trees

Trees strengthen the maturity and marketability of your home by adding 15% – 20% to its value in most cases. Correct placement of trees allows you to celebrate your home’s architecture.

Value Trees Can Include:

chinese-pistachio_smallChinese Pistache

live-oak_small Live Oak

shumard-red-oak_small Shumard Red Oak

cedar-elm_small Cedar Elm

japanese-maple_small Autumn Blaze Maple

bur-oak_smallBur Oak

lacebark-elm_small Lace Bark Elm

 

 

Majestic Trees

Plant majestic trees in your backyard that can be enjoyed for generations. What better way to honor a friend, a loved one or to commemorate a birth or marriage than to plant a tree?

Majestic Trees Can Include:

southern-magnolia_smallDD Blanchard Southern Magnolia

shumard-red-oak_small Shumard Red Oak

live-oak_small Live Oak

chinese-pistachio_smallChinese Pistache

 

 

Screening Trees

Plant trees to screen undesirable views and to provide a privacy buffer.

Screening Trees Can Include:

eastern-red-cedar_smallEastern Red Cedar

southern-magnolia_smallDD Blanchard Southern Magnolia

 east-palatka-holly_smallEast Palatka Holly

 

 

Ornamental Trees

Plant ornamental trees for accent and beauty.

Ornamental Trees Can Include:

vitex_small Vitex

crepe-myrtle_smallCrepe Myrtle

desert-willow_small Desert Willow

little-gem-magnolia_smallLittle Gem Magnolia