Yearly Archives: 2017

Tips for Preventing Live Christmas Tree Fires

We may not sell Christmas trees here at Fannin Tree Farm, but we are passionate about the health – and safety – of all trees. And when you bring a live tree into the home like so many do during the holiday season, it’s that much more important to exercise important safety precautions.

Christmas tree fires are thankfully rare in the U.S., with an average of only 200 annually nationwide, but with these basic tips, we can hopefully get that number down to zero.

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Keeping Your Trees Healthy This Winter: Maintenance Guide

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It’s that time of year again! Our deciduous trees are changing colors and dropping their leaves. Winter is upon us, although it may not always feel like it here in Texas this time of the year. Now is the perfect time to consider protecting your trees from the harsh winds and colder temperatures to come. There are several actions you can take to ensure your trees will be protected during the winter months.

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Christmas Trees? No, Trees for Christmas!

christmas-gift-card-300x250The Fannin fans out there – the “Fan”nins (okay, we’ll workshop that) – know that we don’t do Christmas trees at Fannin Tree Farm. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t do trees for Christmas.

In fact, a Fannin tree is the perfect holiday gift this year. Trees bring years of warmth, character and personality to any home, perfect for an established property looking to make a change, or a new homeowner looking to plant their very first tree. And no tree farm in DFW has a better selection and the top-quality installation services of Fannin Tree Farm in Frisco, TX. It’s our passion, and what better time to gift that passion to a loved one?

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The Insider’s Guide to Texas Pecan Trees

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How to Care for and Harvest Pecan Trees

As the state tree of Texas, pecan trees are a mainstay of Texas imagery and culture. These stately beauties reach heights between 60 and 80 feet at maturity and have expansive branches. Texas pecan trees make excellent shade trees, and you’ll love having a yearly harvest of pecans. Taking proper care of your pecan tree is vital for it to reach its full potential.

 

Planting or Transplanting

When you first acquire a pecan tree, whether it’s a young or mature tree, you’ll need to make sure it is planted in a location where it can thrive. Pecan trees need to be planted somewhere with deep, rich soil, good drainage and plenty of room to grow. The root system of a pecan tree can extend for many feet underground, so you want to make sure that there aren’t any pipes or additional plants competing for the same space. Without proper drainage, pecan trees are susceptible to root death, reduced transportation of minerals and rot diseases.

 

Additionally, you should consider planting two varieties of pecan trees together. This will allow for cross-pollination and lead to more abundant pecan harvests. Just make sure each tree is given plenty of space, so neither tree is crowded.

 

Maintenance and Care

Pruning is one of the most important aspects of tree care. For young pecan trees, you will need to establish a strong leader branch and a sturdy scaffold structure. Mature pecan trees only need to have dead, broken or diseased branches removed periodically. The best way to make sure your tree is being maintained properly is to use Fannin’s tree pruning service.

 

Proper fertilization is vital for Texas pecan trees. Without plenty of lime, nitrogen and zinc, pecan trees will not produce good harvests. You should not fertilize pecan trees after July, however, as it can make them more susceptible to freezing during the winter months. Participating in our Thrive Tree Program or consulting our certified arborist about the best type of fertilizer to use will help you keep your pecan tree properly nourished.

 

Harvesting

One of the major benefits of having a pecan tree is the yearly harvest of fresh pecans. Pecan trees are usually ready to be harvested by early September, as the husks reach their full size by late summer. When these husks begin to split, the pecans will fall from the tree. Before pecan husks start falling, clear the space around your pecan tree of debris to make picking up the pecans easier. Not all of the pecans will fall to the ground, so you can gently shake the limbs of your pecan tree to get the most out of your harvest.

 

Harvesting pecans can be a labor-intensive task, but tools like a rake or a rolling pecan picker can help. Additionally, it’s important to collect pecans as soon as possible once they’ve fallen from the tree to prevent them from rotting.

 

Once you’ve harvested all the pecans, you’ll need to sort them. If the shell is not a uniform color, feels light or sounds hollow, it is unlikely that the pecan inside is worth it. These pecans can be discarded. Once sorted, pecans should be kept in a cool, dry place in a breathable container for a few weeks after harvesting. This allows them to cure, making it easier to shell them.

 

Pecan trees require a lot of care, but their beautiful appearance, abundant shade and yearly harvest of fresh nuts make them one of the best native Texas trees.

4 Reasons to Purchase a Mature Tree

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Why Mature Trees Provide More Benefits Than Young Trees

At Fannin Tree Farm, we recommend that homeowners purchase mature trees rather than young ones. Adding mature trees to your home landscape can provide many benefits without requiring much upkeep or pruning. Young trees require a considerable amount of pruning and training, and they don’t provide as many benefits to your home and neighborhood as mature trees do.

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Best North Texas Shade Trees

North Texas Shade Trees

The Four Most Beautiful Shade Trees in North Texas

Summer brings family vacations and poolside relaxation. Unfortunately, summer also brings near-100-degree heat. These temperatures can force your air conditioner to work harder, raising your home’s energy bill and putting a damper on your summer fun. Luckily, well-placed shade trees can reduce summer air conditioning costs up to 15%. Placing shade trees near east and west windows, air conditioning units, patios and driveways can lower your home’s energy consumption, electricity bill and carbon footprint.

Fannin Tree Farm offers a variety of shade trees perfect for protecting your home from the North Texas heat. These are four of our most beautiful shade trees.

 

Shumard Red Oaks

The Shumard Red Oak tree is native to Texas and ascends to heights between 50 and 60 feet tall when mature. This tree is deciduous and its leaves turn bright red and orange before dropping in the fall. Because the Red Oak can withstand air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil and drought, it is a great option for homes in crowded cities or large suburbs.

 

Bur Oaks

Once mature, the Bur Oak tree reaches heights of 50 to 60 feet. In the fall, this deciduous tree’s leaves turn red, copper and yellow. The Bur Oak is a hardy, drought-tolerant tree that is capable of thriving in most types of soil. It is difficult to transfer a Bur Oak once it is mature, so it is best for the homeowner to purchase the tree at a young age when transplanting is easier. A Bur Oak tree is an investment that will last for generations, as this type of tree can live between 200 and 300 years.

 

Autumn Blaze Maples

The Autumn Blaze Maple is a strong hybrid of Silver and Red Maples. This tree is named for the dazzling red color its leaves turn before dropping in the fall. The Autumn Blaze Maple can grow as tall as 35 to 40 feet, taller than all other varieties of maple trees. It’s important to note that the leaves of this tree are toxic to horses, so it should not be planted anywhere horses can reach it. The Autumn Blaze Maple is perfectly suited to urban or suburban homes.

 

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The Live Oak tree is incredibly sturdy and can live for hundreds of years. When mature, the tree stands between 40 and 50 feet tall. Live Oak trees are semi-evergreen, meaning they drop their leaves in late winter or early spring then quickly grow new leaves by late spring or early summer. Fannin Tree Farm offers select Live Oak trees that have been masterfully cultivated and cared for by hand as a majestic addition to your yard.

 

Purchasing and planting a shade tree is one of the best decisions you can make for your home, your wallet and the environment as beautiful shade trees reduce energy costs, increase property value between 15 and 20% and reduce your carbon footprint. To find the perfect shade tree for your home, browse our selection online or in person!

Continue Celebrating Arbor Day with Fannin Tree Farm!

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Because Arbor Day is one of our favorite holidays, one weekend of celebration wasn’t enough for us. We invite you to continue celebrating Arbor Day with us by taking advantage of our extended sale.

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Our extended Arbor Day Sale will last all weekend long, from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7. All of our trees will be on sale, so you can find the perfect tree for your landscape. Some of our best sellers include:

 

All Inventory Will Be On Sale!

We have one of the biggest selections of native trees in the DFW Metroplex, and our entire inventory will be on sale. Additionally, every tree purchased at our extended Arbor Day Sale will include professional installation plus Fannin’s one-year guarantee. You won’t want to miss these savings!

 

Celebrate with Sliders

On Saturday, May 6, Easy Slider food truck will be joining the festivities at Fannin Tree Farm. You can enjoy delicious sliders while browsing our selection of discounted trees. It’s guaranteed to be a good time.

 

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

Can My Tree Be Saved? Evaluating Storm-Damaged Trees

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Know When to Replace or Repair a Storm-Damaged Tree

Since North Texas is no stranger to severe weather, it’s important to know how to evaluate storm-damaged trees. Trees that have sustained any amount of damage from hail, wind or lightning can pose a hazard to your home, so you need to know the difference between a tree that can be given time to heal and a tree that needs to be replaced.

 

How to Assess the Damage

Damaged trees present a risky situation for homeowners. You don’t want to unnecessarily remove a storm-damaged tree, but you also need to protect your home from a potentially dangerous tree. In order to make the right decision about repair or replacement, you need to inspect and assess your tree for damage.

To effectively assess the amount of damage sustained, you need to consider the overall health of the tree. A tree that has not been previously storm damaged or affected by disease or pests has a high chance of surviving weather-related damage and not becoming a fallen tree.

One of the biggest factors that will determine a tree’s ability to survive after sustaining storm damage is the health of its crown. If at least 50% of your tree’s crown—the branches and leaves—is intact, it has a good chance of survival. If 50% of the crown is gone, however, the tree is unlikely to receive enough nourishment to survive and will no longer beautify your yard.

It is also important to inspect the tree’s wounds. A two- to three-inch wound on a limb with a 12-inch diameter will heal if the tree is healthy. Larger wounds are unlikely to heal, however, as they make the tree more susceptible to diseases and pests.

 

When to Replace

Usually, trees that have a structural weakness or have been affected by diseases or pests are not capable of surviving damage from a severe storm. These trees are more likely to suffer wounds that are too large to heal or a split trunk, which causes the tree to lose the connection from its roots to its leaves. Trees that have suffered this level of damage are unable to be repaired and must be removed to prevent posing a danger to your home.

 

Contact the Experts at Fannin Tree Farm

At Fannin Tree Farm, we are trained in storm recovery, damage prevention and fallen tree removal. If your trees have suffered any amount of storm damage, we can help you assess the damage and provide tree repair or removal services.

Fannin’s Spring Free Tree Sweepstakes

Win a FREE 45-Gallon Tree

Fannin Tree Farm is celebrating the season by hosting a Free Tree Sweepstakes. We will be giving away a FREE 45-Gallon Tree of your choice* to one lucky winner. Give your landscape some new life with beautiful new tree! Follow the steps below to enter to win:

 

Step 1 – Like Us on Facebook

Step 2 – Fill Out the Entry Form

The entry period for this sweepstakes has ended. The winner of the Free Spring Tree will be announced during Fannin Tree Farm’s Arbor Day Sales Event this weekend (4/28 – 4/30).

*Choice of Live Oak, Shumard Red Oak, Chinese Pistache, Cedar Elm OR Bur Oak.

 
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The “Spring Free Tree Sweepstakes” is sponsored by Fannin Tree Farm. This Sweepstakes is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Fannin Tree Farm, are final in all respects. The Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.
 
ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of their respective countries where not prohibited by law, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access and a valid email account prior to the beginning of the Sweepstakes Period. Entrants must live in one of the following zip codes: 75001, 75002, 75006, 75007, 75008, 75009, 75010, 75011, 75013, 75014, 75015, 75016, 75017, 75019, 75022, 75023 ,75024, 75025, 75026, 75027, 75028, 75029, 75030, 75032, 75034, 75035, 75037, 75038, 75039, 75040, 75041, 75042, 75043, 75044, 75045, 75046, 75047, 75048, 75049, 75050, 75051, 75052, 75053, 75054, 75056, 75057, 75058, 75060, 75061, 75062, 75063, 75065, 75067, 75068, 75069, 75070, 75074, 75075, 75077, 75078, 75080, 75081, 75082, 75083, 75085, 75086, 75087, 75088, 75089, 75093, 75094, 75097, 75098, 75099, 75104, 75106, 75116, 75121, 75123, 75132, 75137, 75138, 75149, 75150, 75164, 75166, 75173, 75182, 75187, 75189, 75201, 75202, 75203, 75204, 75205, 75206, 75207, 75208, 75209, 75210, 75211, 75212, 75214, 75215, 75218, 75219, 75220, 75221, 75222, 75223, 75225, 75226, 75227, 75228, 75229, 75230, 75231, 75233, 75234, 75236, 75237, 75238, 75239, 75240, 75242, 75243, 75244, 75245, 75246, 75248, 75249, 75250, 75251, 75252, 75258, 75260, 75261, 75262, 75263, 75264, 75265, 75266, 75267, 75270, 75275, 75277, 75283, 75284, 75285, 75286, 75287, 75294, 75295, 75301, 75303, 75310, 75312, 75313, 75315, 75320, 75323, 75326, 75336, 75339, 75342, 75346, 75350, 75353, 75354, 75355 ,75356, 75357, 75359, 75360, 75363, 75364, 75367, 75368, 75370, 75371, 75372, 75373, 75374, 75376, 75378, 75379, 75380, 75381, 75382, 75386, 75387, 75388, 75389, 75390, 75391, 75392, 75393, 75394, 75395, 75396, 75397, 75398, 75407, 75409, 75424, 75442, 75454, 75458, 75459, 75485, 75495, 76034, 76039, 76051, 76092, 76155, 76201, 76202, 76203, 76204, 76205, 76206, 76207, 76208, 76226, 76227, 76233, 76247, 76258, 76262, 76266, 76271, 76299, 75071, 75033, 75254, 76209 or 76210. Fannin Tree Farm has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.
 
SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Free Trees Sweepstakes begins at noon (CST) on Friday, April 7, 2017 and ends at noon (CST) on Friday, April 28, 2017. All entries must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the Sweepstakes at their sole discretion.
 
HOW TO ENTER: You can enter the Sweepstakes on Fannin Tree Farm’s website. Entrants must fill out all required fields on the entry form to participate in the Sweepstakes. After submitting the required information on the entry form, the entrant will receive one (1) entry into the drawing. One entry per person; bonus entries may be awarded through Fannin’s Facebook page.
 
WINNER SELECTION: All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database at the end of the Submission Period. A winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced after April 28, 2017. Announcement of and instructions for prize will be sent to the email address supplied on the potential prizewinner’s entry form. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her email account for prize notification and receipt or other communications related to this Sweepstakes. If a potential prizewinner cannot be reached by Administrator (or Sponsor) within fifteen (15) days, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prizewinner shall forfeit the prize. Upon the request of the Sponsor, the potential winner may be required to return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Prize Acceptance Form and IRS W-9 form. If a potential winner fails to comply with these official rules, that potential winner will be disqualified. Prize may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received.
 
PRIZE: One 45-gallon tree of winner’s choice (from Live Oak, Red Oak, Chinese Pistache, Cedar Elm OR Bur Oak). Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prize is permitted. Fannin Tree Farm and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Sweepstakes, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Sweepstakes is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Fannin Tree Farm. Fannin Tree Farm reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Sweepstakes, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Fannin Tree Farm determines that the Sweepstakes cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Fannin Tree Farm’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Sweepstakes. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Sponsor reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Fannin Tree Farm and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.
 
INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless Sponsor and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, the Facebook platform, administrator, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from any liability, damages, losses or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes and the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize that may be won. Sponsor and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies do not make any warranties, expressed or implied, as to the condition, fitness or merchantability of the prize. Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from access to or the download of information or materials connected with the Sweepstakes.
 
PUBLICITY: By participating, each entrant grants Sponsor permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.
 
CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT COMPLIANCE: We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) by not collecting any information from anyone under 13 years of age.

Celebrate Arbor Day with Fannin!

Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30

Arbor Day in the United States dates back to 1872 when a man named J. Sterling Morton left his legacy by leading an agricultural awareness campaign to plant more than one million trees in a day. Fannin Tree Farm encourages everyone to carry on the tradition of planting and growing trees. We invite you to celebrate Arbor Day on the farm by taking advantage of our massive sale on all inventory.

Our Arbor Day Sale is an entire weekend-long event from Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th. Stop by to pick out the perfect tree for your landscape. All trees will be on sale! Some of our best sellers include:

All inventory will be on sale!

Help preserve the planet, beautify your yard and save money all at the same time. Remember, every tree purchased at our Arbor Day Sale includes professional installation plus Fannin’s one-year guarantee.

Save the date. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!

 

Want to Win a FREE Tree?

In honor of the season, we are giving away a FREE 45-gallon tree to one lucky winner. If your yard could use a little transformation, be sure to enter our Spring Free Tree Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free 45-gallon tree of your choice (restrictions apply). For more details, click the button below.

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