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The Top Five Texas Trees for Planting

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Texans love their trees and share a strong relationship with its trees. Whether they’re being used for climbing, forgetting some desperately needed August shade, marveled at as tier role as a local landmark, as easy-to-remember landmarks for locals making plans to meet each other or a gathering place. We are lucky that our climate permits the planting of trees all year long. There are many kinds of trees available for planting in your yard. This is Fannin Tree Farm’s Top 5 list of Best Texas Trees to Plant.

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Top Texas Tree #1: Live Oak

Live Oaks are large stature trees that are commonly around 50 ft tall with a short, stout trunk that casts a massive 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.
 
   

Top Texas Tree #2: Bur Oak

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Bur Oaks are large stature trees, native to Texas, also its large leaf and enormous acorn puzzles artistic interests in people. It great adaptability makes it an excellent choice for the Texas environment, as it can adapt to cold and extreme heat. Finally, Bur Oaks have a long taproot which makes it very drought tolerant and thrives well with small amount of water.
 
   

Top Texas Tree #3: Cedar Elm

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Cedar Elms are known as the most common elm trees in Texas next to American Elms and are widespread throughout East, South, and Central Texas. Cedar Elms can typically grow in many kinds of soils which makes it a more desirable tree in most areas. As well, Cedar Elms are very drought tolerant and cast a very nice shade to fight the Texas heat.
 
   

Top Texas Tree #4: Bald Cypress

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Bald Cypresses are native to Texas and adapt to various soil conditions, most commonly found in a more wet environment naturally. However, they can withstand those poorly drained areas more than most trees. They can be used for shade and have a very defined pyramidal shape with feather-like leaves that make them more aesthetically pleasing.
 
   

Top Texas Tree #5: Magnolia

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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.

Complete Tree Care Services

Caring for trees is more than one size fits all approach. At Fannin Tree Farm, we are professional soil and plant scientist as well as Certified Arborist. In Fall of 2018, we are rolling out our Thrive Program – Advance.

The new Advance program is a holistic approach that is unique to your tree and shrub needs. This will allow us to develop a program that is tailored toward your specific needs and aesthetic goals. This program exceeds the standards of arboriculture (ANSI A300) and the Best Management Practices (BMPs).

We are utilizing an Integrated Pest Management approach to plant healthcare as well as our tailored fertilization program. Our program will require a full assessment by our professionals. This includes soil sampling and a condition assessment of the trees and shrubs. A prescription for proactive care will be provided after the assessment. Our team maintains photographic and field assessment records.

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Quarterly assessments are provided by our arborist. We maintain records for all treatments and closely review prior to an arborist visiting your property. Your program will include necessary treatments to prevent infections for common pest and diseases.

During the quarterly assessment, a health care report card is provided to the client. Our tree service coordinator will contact you to setup these quarterly assessments.

Thrive Program – Advance

  • Prescription Fertilization
  • Plant Pest and Disease Preventative Care Management
  • Quarterly Assessments and Recommendations
  • Winter Dormant Oil

Fannin Tree Farm is the largest tree contractor in the Dallas Fort Worth. We have been a staple in the community for over 40-years. Our tree care service team is ready to advance appropriate arboricultural care for the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding cities.

Learn more about the Thrive Tree Program or to request a quote. Call us today at 972-747-9233 and ask to setup a consultation with our Certified Tree Care Team!

What is the Water Smart Tax Holiday?

​Established in 2016, the Lawn & Garden Water Smart Tax Holiday was created to encourage responsible water use in Texas. During the Memorial Day Weekend event, certain water saving products are tax-free!

When is the Water Smart Tax Holiday?

The tax-free holiday falls on Memorial Day Weekend from Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28.

What water smart item qualify for the tax-free exemption?

Here are the categories of products that qualify for the sales tax exemption

  • Watersense Products: Any product tax free that displays a WaterSense label or logo whether for personal or business purposes.
  • Water-Conserving Products: Consumers can also purchase certain water-conserving products tax free. Unlike WaterSense-labeled items, these items are only exempt when purchased for use at a residential property.
  • Water Conservation Items: These would include items used or planted to conserve or retain groundwater, recharge water tables, or to decrease the ambient air temperature, limiting water evaporation

Here are some examples of items that qualify for the exemption:

  • Soaker or drip-irrigation hoses
  • Moisture control for a sprinkler or irrigation system
  • Mulch
  • Rain barrels or an alternative rain and moisture collection systems
  • Permeable ground cover surfaces that allows water to reach underground basins, aquifers or water collection points
  • All plants, trees and grasses
  • Water-saving surfactants
  • Soil and compost

What items do not qualify for the tax-free exemption?

Examples of items that do not qualify for the exemption include:

  • Construction/building materials
  • Awnings and other items used to create shade
  • Air conditioners
  • Ceiling fans
  • Sprinklers

Fannin Tree Farm is proud to be part of this annual event and help conserve one of our most precious and limited resources in Texas: water.

Fannin Tree Farm – Holiday Weekend Hours:

Saturday 5/26/18: 9am – 5pm
Sunday 5/27/18: 1pm to 5 pm
Monday (Memorial Day) 5/28/18: 10am – 3pm

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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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

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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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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.