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Remembrance and Celebration Trees

When I think about Trees, one of the things that fascinates me the most is their incredible potential for longevity. While there are a few short-lived trees, many of your “normal,” Texas native trees outlive the average person by fifty to a hundred years. And this doesn’t even consider the extraordinary, ancient trees that live a thousand years or more—in fact, some of the oldest living organisms on earth are trees. Knowing this, it makes sense that people in many cultures throughout history have been drawn to the planting of trees to mark significant occasions or cultural rite of passages in our lives, or to honor, celebrate, or remember a loved one.

I often find myself wondering what to give as a gift to celebrate milestones like a birthday, new birth or adoption, wedding, employee recognition, retirements and graduations. Planting trees on someone’s behalf is a great way to honor them – and since trees provide so many natural benefits, it is a gift that keeps on giving. Trees clean our air, absorbing harmful carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They help to clean water for the millions of Americans who depend on a tree every time they turn on their faucets.

When I lost my son, Richard Carol, I wanted something that would continue to grow and bloom every season that was in memory of him and to commemorate his short life. I found myself drawn to a memorial tree for him as a meaningful way to remember and honor him. I did not realize it then, but I have been able to experience the joy of watching the tree grow and knowing it is in his memory for many years now and for many more to come.

When memorial trees are planted in honor of a person who has passed away, these memorial trees sometimes have plaques with the honoree’s name, birth and death dates, or a short motto. Fannin Tree Farm provides a certificate of remembrance on all of our memorial and celebration trees. Memorial trees can be planted with or without the person’s ashes. Some people may choose to select a tree in a park where groves of trees are planted in memoriam. Some families prefer to plant the tree on private property — at the family home or place of personal meaning. Wherever you choose to plant your memorial tree, the practice can be very healing as a life-affirming way to remember and honor a loved one, as it has for me.

Not only are trees a wonderful gift of celebration and remembrance but some people choose to plant a tree for other celebration and memorial events. Some plant trees for each of their children. Some plant a tree in honor of building or moving into a new home. Another wonderful idea that’s gained popularity is a wedding unity tree ceremony, where the bride and groom combine the soil from each of their homes into the pot of a single tree, then plant it in their new home in honor of their marriage. What a great symbol for a couple’s growing love. The traditional gift for the fifth anniversary is wood. The wood symbolizes a relationship that has become solid and long-lasting, representing the growing strength of the marriage bond. Still others find trees they plant to be the perfect lasting, living memorial to someone they have lost.

In honor of a parent who has passed away, one might plant an oak tree where, when it becomes older, they might visit to sit peacefully in its shade and feel connected to their loved one. After losing a pet that was part of the family for many years, planting a tree in their favorite spot in the yard is a good way to remember them. After all, they carved out a special place in our hearts and in our lives. These are just a few of the reasons people plant a celebration or memorial tree.

Fannin Tree Farm would love to help you commemorate a special occasion, celebration or loss in your life or your family’s life. Come in and talk to one of our tree specialists to learn more about the native trees we carry. Fannin has an assortment of tree sizes starting in 30-gallon containers to commemorate these celebration and memorial events in your life.

Selecting Trees and Ongoing Management

Planting a tree is more than digging a hole and setting a tree. It requires proper selection and planning. A tree that is planted in the correct location, can be one of the most valuable assets in your garden. If properly cared for, the tree will provide many benefits that could be shared from one generation to the next. When selecting trees, it’s important to know what you are trying to achieve.

The first thing to do, it to assess your site.

  • What type of soil do you have?
  • Do you have enough space to plant a tree in the location you are considering?
  • Does this location have good drainage?
  • How far away from the foundation am I am going to plant this tree?
  • How much sunlight does this location receive?
  • Are there any overhead utility lines that may limit your tree selection?
  • Are there any site restrictions?
  • If planting in the back garden, how wide are my gates? Can I remove my fence to allow for a larger tree?

Once you have assessed your site, consider what you are trying to achieve.

  • Privacy
  • Aesthetics
  • Flowering
  • Fall color
  • Shade
  • Wind break

When planting a tree in a specific location, ask a tree specialist about the size of the tree at maturity. If planting multiple trees, consider spacing the trees 25 to 30 feet apart. If you are planting a large stature tree, try to plant about 25-feet away from your foundation or more.

Now that you have assessed your site and know what you are trying to achieve, its time to take some photos of the planting location. Bring these photos into a nursery and discuss your objectives with a tree specialist.
While meeting with a tree specialist, ask them to show you trees that are best suited for your site, that also achieve your goal. We advise our clients to ask us about the species and watering requirements. It is good to know if the tree you are considering is a dry climate, moist environment, or moderate water loving species? You may also ask if this tree will grow in my soils? Some trees prefer well drained soils, so planting a dry climate species in a location that stays wet, might not be the best idea. If you have a soil with a high pH, consider a tree that will grow in an alkaline soil.

While at the nursery, assess the tree before you make a decision. Look at the base of the tree to inspect the root collar. This is sometimes referred to as the root flare. It should resemble the base of a wine glass that tapers outward.

If you are looking for an upright tree, evaluate the tree for good branch structure. A tree with a central leading branch is a good indicator it will grow upright. Then assess the trunk to make sure there are no major scars or damages that jeopardize the health of the tree.

If you are looking to plant a tree for aesthetics, consider the orientation of the tree. Make sure the tree will fit the space. While trees like Live Oaks and Chinese Pistache, are naturally oriented to grow wide. Then there are trees like Red Oaks, Cedar Elms and Hybrid Maples that grow upright and provide height in your garden. Remember to look for overhead utility lines. If you have power lines that are located above the planting location, consider planting a small or medium size tree.

Sometimes we plant trees for shading a home to reduce energy bills. If this is the case, consider planting the tree on the west side of the home. You may consider a deciduous tree (drops its leaves in the winter) to reduce the amount of energy used to heat your home.

Last but not least ask the tree specialist for a watering and care guide. Thoroughly review the guide and discuss any areas of concern with the specialist. If you are confused about ongoing care for your tree, consider hiring a certified arborist for tree maintenance.

At Fannin Tree Farm we have a large inventory of trees of trees that grow well in the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Come by and see our selection and meet with one of our tree specialist. We have a great team of knowledgeable experts that are ready to help you find trees that will last for generations.

We also offer a comprehensive list of tree services. If you are interested in meeting with an arborist, contact us at 972-747-9233.

Fire Blight on Ornamental Pears

February is here and we are fast approaching spring. Most of us are working hard to reach our new year goals. We may even be planning big things, such as Valentine’s day. This time of year, couldn’t be busier for families with school and extracurricular activities. In the midst of all of this busyness, Fannin Tree Farm wants to remind you to think about your trees.

In the month of February, some trees are preparing to bloom. Buds are swelling in preparation for spring. Ornamental Pears, which include Bradford, Cleveland, and Aristocrat Pears to name a few, are ready to flower. Around the third week of February, these pears will provide a floral display that is not easily match, especially for the time of year.

This display is short-lived, approximately 3-to-4 weeks long. While it is when the tree is most beautiful, it is also when the tree is most vulnerable. A bacterium referred to as Fire Blight (Erwinia amylovora) often infects the tree by entering the blooms. This floral infection is very destructive as it develops throughout the tree.

Luckily, there are management practices that have been demonstrated to be effective in suppressing these infections. Our best method for preventing Fire Blight is sanitation pruning.

At Fannin Tree Farm we use Lysol to clean our tools after removing infected plant parts. This reduces the inoculum and prevents further disease spread throughout different parts of the tree.

We also provide weekly spray treatments using antibiotics and bactericides. These treatments are very effective if applied weekly, during the flowering period.

After it’s all said and done, the flowers are gone, an untreated flowering pear, may now be infected. This pathogen over-winters, in canker sites on branches throughout the crown. It is spread by splashing water and facilitated by pollinating insects, such as honey bees. Time will tell if an untreated tree is infected.


In the late spring, early summer, an infected tree should show signs of this disease. Brown, blighted shoot tips will wilt rapidly. This blighted shoot is referred to as, “shepherd’s crook.” At the beginning of the disease development, leaves on the diseased shoots show a blackening along the midrib and veins.

Later, as the disease progresses in the plant, it develops in the water conducting tissue. The bacterium multiplies, reducing the translocation of water and nutrients, and causes cracks in the bark that appear to be sunken on the surface. An amber-colored bacterial ooze may be identified on the bark. A brown-to-black discoloration of the wood beneath the bark may help identify the disease.

You may ask, can an infected tree still be managed? The answer depends on the severity of the infection. A young, healthier, flowering pear may be able to live with this disease for a few years. While an older tree may see rapid decline.

We always recommend sanitation pruning to prevent the disease spread. Appropriate amounts of fertilizer will help the plant maintain vigorous growth and prevent susceptibility to branch cankers. Other treatments using antibiotics and bactericides have been demonstrated to suppress the expression of the disease. We recommend spray applications during the blooming period, but sometimes micro injection through the root flare, or lower trunk may be necessary.

The best way to manage this disease is through prevention. The best time to develop a plan is now. If you would like a free consultation with one of our Certified Arborist, please contact us today at 972-747-9233.

Famous Trees

Texans have a certain affinity for all things Texas, and taking pride in everything related to our great state. As an arborist who is also a native Texan, I am no different. Texas lays claim to many large, beautiful and famous trees, most of which are Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) or closely related. Of course, we can’t forget about the state tree, the Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) and the part it plays in some of our great state’s history.

One particular tree of note is “The Big Tree”, or it may also be known by some as the Goose Island Oak, found at Goose Island State Park in Rockport, Texas. This tree is thought to be at least 1,000 years old, and has survived many hurricanes. Another notable Live Oak is the Century Tree, the famous tree on the campus of Texas A&M University. It is thought to have been planted not too long after the university’s establishment, in the late 1800s. It’s no coincidence that many of the historic Texas trees still standing today are live oaks. These trees are often planted for their durability, resilience and beautiful evergreen form.

Naturally, we have to include some of the great historic pecan trees in our list! There is the towering La Bahia Pecan, called as such because it lies along what was once known as ‘La Bahia Road’. This was once a major trade route for Native Americans and settlers in Texas and Louisiana. The road is located in Washington-on-the-Brazos state park, site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the historic river ferry crossing where the Navasota and Brazos rivers meet. There is also the San Saba Mother Pecan tree. This tree, still standing in San Saba today, has provided genetic material for many of the popular varieties we have today.

At Fannin Tree Farm, we grow many sizes of beautiful Live Oaks. Come in today to choose a beautiful and resilient tree of your own, to leave a lasting legacy. We also have a selection of 30-gallon pecan trees. If you already have one of these trees and would like for it to be a standout tree of your own, our tree services team has expert knowledge in the care of all trees. Give us a call at (972) 747-9233 if you would like us to prune your tree, or if you would like more information on our other tree services.

Sources:

Aggie Century Tree Project. “History”. 2014. https://www.aggiecenturytreeproject.com/. Accessed 08 January 2018.

Bailey, Walt. “Park Pick: Witness to History, Washington-on-the-Brazos evokes the feeling of early Texas through re-enactors and a historic tree”. Texas Parks and Wildlife, January/February 2013. https://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2013/jan/scout4_parkpick_washington/. Accessed 11 January 2018.

Texas Forest Service. “Famous Trees of Texas”. 2012. http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/websites/FamousTreesOfTexas/TreeLayout.aspx?pageid=16138. Accessed 11 January 2018

Winter Pruning and Tree Care

WinterWinter is here and most of the deciduous trees have shed their leaves. The early January freeze reminded us what a winter is supposed to be like. Trees have an appreciation for a good freeze. For the first time in a couple of years, we have had a freeze that last more than a couple days. This slows down the biological processes of trees and allows them to go into full dormancy. As arborist, we love this time of year as well. We can better see structural defects, mistletoe and perform more invasive tree surgery that we have been holding off, until now. The winter is the perfect time to consider tree pruning and other ways to care for your trees.

Structural Tree Pruning

During the dormant season, we are better able to see and correct structural defects in trees. We have trained our arborist and technicians on how to identify structural defects such as: co-dominant stems, included bark, and poor branch attachments. These defects may lead to tree failures if not corrected.

Mistletoe Removal

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that is often identified in Cedar Elms, Hackberries, and many other species of trees. While the trees are dormant, we suggest removing mistletoe prior to blooming to prevent further spread.

Oak Pruning

The window for pruning oaks is closing soon. We recommend pruning your oaks prior to the middle of February and after the middle of June in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This is to prevent an established disease known as Oak Wilt.

Supplemental Support Systems in Trees

Since it is easier to see structural defects throughout the tree canopy in the winter, it is the best time to install a supplemental support system. This may include extra-heavy strength cables, bracing rods, or even props for very old, low branching trees. Support systems help trees withstand the high winds, ice and rain that occur throughout the year. Not all trees need supplemental support, but this should be determined by a trained arborist.

Winter Dormant Oil for Trees

Applying an organic winter dormant oil is an environmentally friendly way to reduce insect and mite populations in your garden. Dormant oils have been used for many years as a proactive method to reduce pest populations. These oils suffocate overwintering eggs of destructive pest. The eggs are laid in the cracks and crevices of your trees and shrubs. In the spring they emerge and feed on succulent plant tissue. This treatment greatly reduces plant injury caused by foliar and stem feeding pest.
At Fannin Tree Farm, our tree services team offers comprehensive list of services. If you are interested in meeting with one of our arborist, give us a call at (972) 747-9233.

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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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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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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