Yearly Archives: 2023

Tips for Preventing Live Christmas Tree Fires

 

 

We may not sell Christmas trees at Fannin Tree Farm, but we are very passionate about the safety of all trees. When you bring a live tree into the home during the holiday season, it’s important to consider safety precautions. While Christmas tree fires are rare in the U.S. with an average of only 200 yearly nationwide, these basic tips will hopefully keep that number down to zero.

Tips for Preventing Live Christmas Tree Fires

  • Select a healthy tree with bright green needles that hold well when the tree is touched.
  • Water the tree base daily, with no exceptions. Dry trees are far more dangerous than flush trees.
  • Position the tree at least three feet from any heat source, including fireplaces, candles, heating vents, or lights.
  • Do NOT position the tree in front of a doorway or exit.
  • Confirm that your tree lighting is designed for indoor use – check the box!
  • Replace any damaged bulbs or strings and never use a string of lights with exposed or damaged wiring.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights as you’re going to bed or leaving the house.
  • After the holidays, ditch the tree and remove it from the premises entirely. Many communities have recycling options for old Christmas trees. This is important because old, dry trees present a greater fire risk than healthy trees.

 

So what’s the deal with dry trees? It’s not so much that dry trees are more likely to catch fire, it’s that when they do catch fire, they burn so much more quickly! An entire tree can go up in flames in a matter of seconds.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology published this video showing the difference in how well-watered trees and dry trees burn:

 

Follow these basic steps, and you can enjoy a safe and happy holidays with your live Christmas tree. Thank you and happy holidays from your friends at Fannin Tree Farm.

Take Care of Your Trees in Fall & Winter: Watering & Freeze Guide

 

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Winter is coming soon – December 21st – and we want to ensure your trees are properly planted and taken care of! It is widely spoken that fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. As Autumn comes to an end, be sure take full advantage of the remaining days of the season. Below we’ve compiled tips from Bradley Boobar, Arborist Representative, about which trees to plant, where to plant them, and where NOT to plant them. Additionally – check out our tree watering guide for winter which helps you navigate any freezes that may occur!

 

Planting Guide

 

Planting trees in the fall

Planting trees in the fall is the best time of the year for plant growth, because of the cooler temperatures and most deciduous trees are dormant allowing less stress and damage on the tree.

Planting Deciduous Trees

Many deciduous trees provide a beautiful foliage and if planted in the correct spot, they can help reduce your energy bill. Consider planting a deciduous tree like a Red Oak, Cedar Elm, Bur Oak, or Lacebark Elm on the northwest side of your home. This will cool your home in the summer and allow sunlight in to heat your home in the winter.

Planting trees along the North and South side

If you are looking to plant a screen for vegetable gardens or screen from harsh winter winds, consider planting a row of trees, like Eastern Red Cedars, Magnolias, or other full to the ground growth type trees to protect from the cold northern winds. Planting tree rows along the southside of your property will provide a good wind break as they mature.

Do not plant large stature shade trees close to foundation

Most large stature trees, like Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Magnolias, Cedar Elms, and Bald Cypress, need room to grow. Their roots grow outward to stabilize them as they mature. They require water and can reduce moisture near the foundation. It is important to not plant a tree within 25-ft of the foundation of your home. These large tree species can have roots that grow out 3-5 times the width of their canopy.

Do not plant large shade trees beneath utility lines

Selecting the right tree for the right location is very important. Never plant a large stature tree beneath a power line, or within a 25-35 ft of an overhead line. As these trees mature, they will grow into the utility lines and require invasive pruning. According to International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the correct way to landscape under utility lines is to plant large shrubs or smaller canopy trees that would not exceed the height under the lines.

Don’t forget to water during the fall and winter months

It is a common misconception, that there is no need for watering in the fall/winter months. However, trees always require water throughout the year. We recommend to water as needed to keep the soil moisture at an adequate level during the colder months. To properly prepare for freezing temperatures in the fall and winter, make sure to water the trees an adequate amount the day/night before a freeze to maintain the soil temperature and decrease the chance of plant decline.


Freeze Watering Tips

 

Water 1-3 Days Ahead of Freeze

  • Drought-stressed trees are more susceptible to cold damage, so it’s crucial to water plants a few days in advance of a cold snap.
  • Create warmth for your trees by watering them just before a freeze. Water acts as an insulator and it loses its heat slowly over the hours into the colder temperatures. Tree cells that are plump with water will be stronger against cold damage.

Adopt A Watering Schedule

  • Moist soil will tend to stay warmer than dry soil, so a regular watering schedule in dry, cold weather can help protect plants from freezing temperatures. In addition, if the ground freezes, the underground water turns to ice crystals which cannot be absorbed by tree roots.

Water Trees Year-Round

  • Even dormant trees need and absorb water year-round. If you experience freezing weather only occasionally, and you have had insufficient rain or snowfall, water deeply a day or so before a freeze is forecast. 

Water The Entire Root System

  • A good rule of thumb is to water an area the size of the trees drip line. Water early in the day, so the trees have time to absorb it before the temperature drops at night. Don’t wet the foliage.

 

If you have any questions about your trees, feel free to contact the professionals at Fannin Tree Farm. Our number is 972-747-9233 and we have a team of arborist ready to serve.

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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Top 5 Evergreen Trees in Texas

Evergreens are beneficial in many ways, such as providing full-year screening for privacy concerns and bringing a full dense tree all throughout the year. The term “evergreen” means that trees will keep growing leaves as other leaves fall off. Most people think of Pine and Christmas trees when they think of the word Evergreen. These trees are best known for being able to endure cold weather and dry seasons. Evergreen trees are perfect for planting as privacy screens and windbreaks. And there are many different types of evergreens, from tiny dwarf shrubs to massive trees. Evergreens can add character to your yard, offer year-round foliage, and will enhance your landscape for years to come.

1. Live Oak

Live Oaks are large stature trees that are commonly around 50 ft tall with a short stout trunk that casts a huge amount of canopy to create shade against the Texas heat. Their wood is very hardy making the tree easy to protect in stress. Live Oaks are some of the most popular and well-known landscape trees in Texas.

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2. Magnolia

Magnolias are commonly known as “southern” trees and strive well in the more Eastern part of Texas. They have large, waxy, fragrant white flowers and large glossy, dark green, leathery leaves that appeal to the eye. Magnolias typically prefer full sun which Texas has no problem with providing and require deep well-drained soils to perform the best.

southern magnolia

3. Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedars are large stature tree, natively found full to the ground. However, can be pruned to have a raised canopy in more of a tree form. This native species is drought tolerant and can really found anywhere throughout North and Central Texas. It provides a dense evergreen canopy that can be used for screening purposes and can provide a beautiful blue fruit. The Eastern Red Cedar has a distinctive smell and aesthetically pleasing red wood.

Eastern Red Cedar Tree

4. Elderica Pine

Elderica Pine is more native to desert and arid climates in the Middle East, however, seems to be a promising species throughout a wide range of soils in Texas. Eldarica Pine is a tall, upright tree providing medium size needles and cones. It is a drought tolerant species and does very well in well-drained soils.

Elderica Pine Tree

5. Carolina Sapphire

Carolina Sapphire is an evergreen that produces a beautiful sliver blue foliage and has a relatively fast growth rate. These trees along with Eastern Red Cedars can provide a wonderful screen for privacy purposes. It does very well in Central and North Texas, overall is a very well growing species that is aesthetically pleasing as well.

How-To Care for Your Trees This Fall

Colder temperatures, football back in season, and the leaves are starting to change, which could only mean one thing… fall is here! While we as Texans enjoy our break from the sizzling hot summers, your tree needs a little extra help preparing for the colder months ahead. At Fannin Tree Farm, we recommend following these tips to properly prepare your tree for the colder weather ahead:

Start from the Ground Up With Mulch

Putting down a fresh layer of composted mulch under your tree is a great way for your tree to retain moisture and protect its roots from extreme temperatures. Fall is the perfect time of the year to do this since your tree has not been fully exposed to the extreme cold temperatures that lead to stress.

Hydrate Even in The Cooler Months

While the temperatures may be cooler, your tree can still suffer from drought. Much like a summer drought, occasional watering (especially with younger trees) in the fall and winter can be lifesaving. 

Fall Tree Maintenance Tips

Rule of “tree”: Only water when both the tree and its soil are cool but not frozen.

Protect Your Tree from Harmful Outdoor Elements

Ice and snow accumulation are one of the main causes for limb breakage or splitting during the cooler months, right along with gnawing and rubbing by animals. These two factors can be easily avoided by wrapping the tree at its base with a solid plastic guard or metal hardware cloth. These forms of protection are another means to also prevent temperature damage in the winter months.

Rule of “tree”: When spring arrives, be sure to remove the base cover to avoid any potential damage during tree growth.

Prime Pruning Season

Late into the fall season is a good time to prune trees. This is the time of the year when trees become dormant due to the colder weather. When in their dormant state, trees drop their leaves and make it easier to see the structure of the tree, allowing you to identify any signs of disease and insect problems. Pruning is a vital component to the health of your trees because it helps relieve any stress on trees and tender new growth. 

Fall Tree Care Tips

Rule of “tree”: When your tree has dropped all of its leaves, that means your tree has become dormant and is ready for pruning. Pruning later into the fall season, the better, to prevent any chance of injuring your tree. 

Fall Time is The Best Time to Plant Trees

Not only is fall the best time of the year, but it’s also the best time to plant trees! After the cooler temperatures have been around for a while, conditions are prime for stimulating root growth in new trees. Set you and your tree up for success this fall by following our Fall and Winter Tree Planting checklist.

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If you’re needing more help on how to care for your trees this season, feel free to contact the professionals at Fannin Tree Farm at 972-747-9233. Our team of Tree Experts are ready to answer any questions you may have and work with you to find your next tree!
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Fall Tree Checklist and Recommendation

 

  1. Never forget to water during the Fall and Winter months.
    • It is a common misconception, that there is no need for watering in the Fall/Winter months. However, trees require water always throughout the year; we recommend to water as needed to keep the soil moisture at an adequate level always during the colder months.
    • To properly prepare for freezing temperatures in the Fall and Winter, make sure to water the trees an adequate amount the day/night before a freeze to maintain the soil temperature and decrease the chance of plant decline.
    • Visit our website to find our post-planting tree care guide and watering instructions.

 

  1. Rely on mulch. 
    • Put mulch under your tree in the fall or early winter to help retain water and reduce temperature extremes in the soil.
    • A thin layer of mulch will act like a blanket and give the tree’s roots a little extra protection. Never put more than 1 to 1.5” of mulch over the root ball.
    • If you have a Fannin Tree with a tree well, now id the time to refresh your tree well by turning over the mulch and refreshing the tree well.

  1. Prune your trees.
    • Late fall is a good time to prune your trees. Not only are trees dormant in the colder months, but it is also easier to see a tree’s structure when there are no leaves on the branches.
    • Proper pruning is vital to the health of trees and plants, in part because it helps relieve stress on trees and keeps them growing. Just be aware that each tree is different and pruning at the wrong time or the wrong way can injure a tree making it more susceptible.”
    • Fannin does not recommend pruning trees for 2 to 3 years after the tree was planted. This allows the tree to recover from planting stress. It is ok to prune dead branches from a newly planted tree.

 

  1. Plant more! 
    • Since autumn is the time of year for colorful, falling leaves, many people do not realize that it is also a prime time to plant new trees.
    • After cooler weather has set in, conditions are perfect for stimulating root growth in new trees. Once roots are established throughout the fall and dormancy of winter, spring showers and summer warmth encourage new top growth.

 

If you have any questions about your trees, planting trees, need a quote for pruning or tree well clean up and mulch, feel free to contact the professionals at Fannin Tree Farm.  Our number is 972-747-9233 and we have a team of tree experts ready to serve.

Some of this content provided by the International Society of Arboriculture, a non-profit organization dedicated to tree-care research and education. Fannin Tree Farm is a member in good standing with ISA.

 

 

 

 

Tree Considerations When Planting in the Fall

 

As autumn approaches, be sure to take full advantage of the season. It is widely spoken that fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Here are a few things to consider when planting trees at your home.

 

1st: Planting trees in the fall

• Planting trees in the fall is the best time of the year for plant growth, because of the cooler temperatures and most deciduous trees are dormant allowing less stress and damage to the tree.

2nd: Planting deciduous trees

• Many deciduous trees provide beautiful foliage and if planted in the correct spot, they can help reduce your energy bill. Consider planting a deciduous tree like a Red Oak, Cedar Elm, Bur Oak, or Lacebark Elm on the northwest side of your home. This will cool your home in the summer and allow sunlight to heat your home in the winter.

3rd: Planting trees along the North and South side

• If you are looking to plant a screen for vegetable gardens or screen from harsh winter winds, consider planting a row of trees, like Eastern Red Cedars, Magnolias, hollies, junipers, or other full to the ground growth type trees to protect from the cold northern winds.

• Planting tree rows along the south side of your property will provide a good wind break as they mature.

4th: Do not plant large stature shade trees close to the foundation.

• Most large-stature trees, like Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Magnolias, Cedar Elms, and Bald Cypress, need room to grow. Their roots grow outward to stabilize them as they mature. They require water and can reduce moisture near the foundation. It is important to not plant a tree within 25-ft of a foundation. These large tree species can have roots that grow out 3-5 times the width of their canopy.

5th: Do not plant large shade trees beneath utility lines.

• Selecting the right tree for the right location is very important. Never plant a large stature tree beneath a power line or within 25-35 ft of an overhead line. As these trees mature, they will grow into utility lines and require invasive pruning.

 

If you have any questions about your trees, feel free to contact the professionals at Fannin Tree Farm. Our number is (972) 747-9233 and we have a team of experts ready to serve.

How to Take Care of Your Tree During Summer Heat & Droughts

 

During severe heat, with temperatures regularly reaching over 100-degree Fahrenheit, don’t forget that your trees need water and can show signs of heat stress during this drought-inducing weather. Trees signal drought stress with several symptoms, starting with foliage turning from dark green to light green, then browning at the leaf margins, wilting, and eventually prematurely dropping its leaves. During high temperatures, healthy trees can drop a significant portion of its leaves to conserve moisture. This usually doesn’t kill the tree, but can hold them back for a while until they recover.

What about my Evergreen?

Evergreen is a bit of a misleading term because even evergreen plants have to shed older leaves and needles, the same way you have hair on your head all the time, but still lose hair every day. Healthy trees can regularly drop up to 10% of their existing leaves during a drought as a way to conserve moisture and maintain health. If they didn’t drop these leaves, they would lose too much moisture through transpiration, effectively a breathing process that takes place in the leaves.

Continue to follow our watering guidelines for newly planted trees and remember your established trees, as well.  They need some extra relief from the heat. Download our guide HERE.

 

 

Fannin also recommends you start spraying the entire tree canopy a few times a week for 30 minutes either in the early morning or the late evening during 100-degrees weather to help the tree get a break from the heat. It will also knock off any dead leaves or small limbs and reduce the stress.  An oscillating sprinkler with an adjustable spray that goes back and forth to cover the entire tree canopy will be helpful in this endeavor. Stay on track with your fertilizing schedule and increase your SUPERthrive treatment to every other week if your tree shows signs of stress for at least two months.

Signs of Drought Stress in Trees

Signs of drought will be most visible in the foliage of trees. Look for the following symptoms in times of short-term drought.

  • Temporary Wilting: Wilting and drooping leaves will occur during the day. Leaves will recover and appear normal by morning.
  • Permanent Wilting: As droughts progress, leaves will remain wilted even in the early morning.
  • Yellowing Leaves: Before dropping foliage, leaves will turn yellow and exhibit fall color (Figure 1).
  • Leaf Scorch: Leaf margins will have a brown or burned appearance (Figure 2).
  • Defoliating Trees: Trees will generally begin to lose their leaves from the top and branch ends (Figure 3).
  • Bark Cracks: During prolonged droughts, trees might develop longitudinal cracks in the bark, especially in thin-barked species like maples (Figure 4).

 

Introducing Fannin Tree Farm’s Professional Tree Fertilizer

Fannin Tree Farm Professional Tree Fertilizer

 

It’s August – time to fertilize your trees!

Fannin Tree Farm is excited to announce we are replacing our Osmocote recommendation for newly planted tree after-care to our “slow release” Fannin Tree Farm Professional Tree Fertilizer. Our new fertilizer is designed specifically for trees and is recommended to be used in April and August. In May, Fannin started planting our trees with the Fannin Tree Farm Professional Tree Fertilizer along with a preventative treatment for environmental insect issues such as bores and aphids as an added benefit for our customers at no charge.

Review more information about why you should use our fertilizer below!

 

Why Fannin’s Professional Tree Fertilizer?

In most of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the soil is very high in calcium and magnesium is limited. Fannin’s Professional Tree Fertilizer aids in balancing nutrition and improves uptake of other nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and iron. It also plays a role in developing plant cells and the chlorophyll molecule (which is responsible for photosynthesis).

 

Where can I get Fannin’s Professional Tree Fertilizer?

We have our Fannin Tree Farm Professional Tree Fertilizer in our retail center in Frisco, Texas.  You can buy it with your tree purchase and come in any time and buy a new bottle as needed.

 

What if I still have Osmocote to use for the August fertilizer treatment?

You can still use the Osmocote to finish out what you have, but when getting ready to re-stock we highly recommend you do so with Fannin’s Professional Tree Fertilizer.

 

Can I use Fannin’s Professional Tree Fertilizer on all of my trees?

Yes, you can. While newly planted trees definitely need the fertilizer in April and August, you can use it on all your trees regardless of age.

 

Have additional questions? Please give us a call at 972-747-9233 or come on by the farm!  

Happy World Honey Bee Day: How to Plant Trees That Bees Like


World Honey Bee Day is celebrated every third Saturday in August which means it’s coming soon! This day celebrates the importance of honey bees and raises awareness about the challenges they face in our ecosystem. At Fannin Tree Farm we value the impact these flying insects make on some of our favorite flowering trees and can’t wait to share more about honey bees with you.

For centuries, honey has been used to sweeten various foods and the practice of beekeeping began spreading during early Egyptian civilization. World Honey Bee Day, which was first held in 2009, promotes conservation efforts, sustainable practices, beekeeping, and planting bee-friendly trees to support pollinators. With over 20,000 different species of bees around the world, honey bees offer incredible contributions to our environment and food supply. Bees and other pollinators rank at the top of the list of pollinators, helping produce many important fruits and vegetables. However,  they face significant challenges, including habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change, and diseases. These threats can negatively impact both bee populations and tree pollination. In many areas, parasites and a lack of forage are also threatening bee health and survival. 

Trees and flowers are a critical source of forage for bees, providing nutrient-rich pollen and nectar that bees use for food and to make honey. Flowering trees provide bees with ample and stable amounts of nectar and pollen, plus shade and shelter from the wind. Bees can even make a honey-like substance from the sap of non-flowering trees, including pine trees. Many species of wild bees live inside trees and in return, bees provide much-needed pollination services, especially for fruit trees. One of the many things you can do for these pollinators is to plant flowering trees around your home or business. 

Check out the list of pollinator-friendly trees Fannin has at our farm in Frisco, Texas.

Vitex

Desert Willow

Southern Magnolia

Crepe Myrtles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on our trees please call us at 972-747-9233 or visit our website at www.FanninTreeFarm.com. For more information on World Honey Bee Day, check out these great websites below!