Monthly Archives: August 2023

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.


Desert Willow

Southern Magnolia

Crepe Myrtles
















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

Fannin Plants Trees in Downtown Dallas for Claritin’s DiversiTree Project


In June 2023, Fannin Tree Farm was honored to work with Claritin, Downtown Dallas, and Fox Sports Journalist, Erin Andrews, on the DiversiTree Project in Dallas, Texas. Claritin’s DiversiTree Project helps balance out pollen levels by planting trees in public areas.

Fannin planted four Quercus Muehlenbergii, commonly known as Chinquapin Oak, on Commerce Street. Chinquapin Oak’s are drought-tolerant, deciduous trees that grow well in dry, rocky soils in a full sun environment. Flowers will bloom from April to early June and its wood is an integral part of the woodworking industry.

Next time you are in Downtown Dallas, check them out!