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Best Fertilizer for Trees

Fannin Tree Farm highly recommends using Osmocote Flower and Vegetable on all your trees twice a year in April and August. It is a pelletized slow-release fertilizer that releases its nutrients over several months. It will not burn plants or trees and only requires two fertilizations per year.

Why Osmocote

  • Two applications a year – one early Spring and another in early Autumn
  • Contains everything plants need for healthy growth
  • Releases nutrients at the same rate plants are able to take them up through the roots – no wastage or run-off into waterways and drains
  • Includes a wetting agent to help water and nutrients soak into the soil

Features of Osmocote

Boosted magnesium

To keep leaves green for longer, especially on citrus

Feeds when plants need it

The release of nutrients depends on temperature – more when it’s warm and plants are growing and less when it’s cold and growth is slow

Sustainable & environment-friendly

Scotts Osmocote® uses advanced prill technology that ensures even and controlled nutrient release with no wastage Controlled release means feeding less often and more effectively; less frequent feeding is more economical and environment-friendly

Wetting agent

The added wetting agent enhances water absorption into the soil or potting mix and helps plants take up nutrients

Where can I get Osmocote?

  • Amazon
  • Garden Centers

When should you feed your trees?

  • Trees require a more “well-balanced” or “complete” fertilizer which provides nitrogen for green, healthy foliage and phosphorus and potassium for flowering, fruiting, and root development.
  • Fertilizer isn’t medicine for sick trees. Force-feeding a declining tree can make matters worse.
  • Don’t fertilize during dry periods. Plants can’t use fertilizer without adequate moisture. Fertilize before a rain, or water after application.
  • Fertilizer is especially effective on younger trees.
  • If in doubt about quantity, always err on the low side, as too much can burn trees. Follow the label.

Remember: Your trees are the most enduring, the hardest-working, and often the most valuable elements of your landscape. They protect you and your home from heat and wind, reducing energy costs and cleaning the air while beautifying the world. Isn’t a good fertilizer program the least they deserve?

Memorial Tree for Jay Friestad

Memorial trees are very special to me and it makes me appreciate even more my love for them when a customer shares a story and a picture from their memorial tree experience. LeAnne Sandefer reached out and shared this sweet story about the Harrolle Rattler baseball team and the memorial tree the team dedicated to their coaches’ father, Jay Friestad.

Here is what LeAnne sent to Fannin Tree Farm:

“As part of the Flower Mound Memorial Tree program, our Fall FMYSA 11u Harrolle Rattler team went together to purchase a tree for our coach’s father, Jay Friestad, who passed away right after the season ended after a long illness. Up until the fall season he had been a part of every game rooting from the dugout and cheering them on. When he couldn’t make it to our last tournament, he rooted us on from his bedside and we won the tournament! To honor his legacy, we had this tree planted at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound so it will be right by the baseball fields!  With Pam’s help, and the help of the town, we got the tree planted at the park and were able to present it to him on February 9th. In addition, FMYSA will be donating a permanent bronze plaque that will honor Jay as well.”

 

 

Remembrance Tree: A Living Memorial

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.
 

 

The Symbolism Behind Celebration Trees

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 Celebration Trees

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 celebrations and memorial events in your life.

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Can Squirrels Really Grow Trees?

Squirrels Help Grow Texas TreesEvery March before the leaves on the trees budded out, my dad would drop me off at his mom’s house for a down and dirty spring cleaning of her yard. Granny Halley was a kind, wise, and generous old wrinkly woman who always greeted me with a massive hug and a wet kiss on my forehead. I would return her love with a hug and a loud “I love you too Halley.” (more…)

Selecting Trees and Ongoing Management

selecting a tree from fanning tree farm

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 is 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.

Tree Specialists

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 in 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.

At the Nursery

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. 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-sized 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 that grow well in the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Come by and see our selection and meet with one of our tree specialists.  We have a great team of knowledgeable experts that are ready to help you find trees that will last for generations.  Give us a call at 972-747-9233 and ask to talk to a tree specialist.

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Keeping Your Trees Healthy This Winter: Maintenance Guide

Winter

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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Texas Arbor Day 2019

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  Not only is the weather cooling down and college football and tailgating is in full swing, but Texas Arbor Day is the first Friday of November in, which is prime time to buy and plant your favorite shade or ornamental trees. You might be thinking, “Isn’t Arbor Day in April?” Yes, if you live in most of the country.  The first Arbor Day in the United States was celebrated April 10, 1872, in Nebraska, and the idea of an official day promoting and planting trees quickly spread throughout the country.

Why does Texas have it’s own Arbor Day?

One hundred years after its first celebration, a National Arbor Day was declared as the last Friday in April. The only problem with this is that many times (including this past National Arbor Day), North Texas can see temperatures well into the 80’s with heat indexes into the 90s during late April. Although Fannin Tree Farm has a year-round 98% success rate planting trees, fall is most often a better time to establish trees. Cooler temperatures create more favorable conditions for a successful transition into the tree’s permanent home. This is why in 2013, Texas established Texas State Arbor Day, which falls on the first Friday of November.

What are some ways to celebrate Texas Arbor Day?

There are lots of things that you can do to celebrate Texas Arbor Day.  In Texas, the official state Arbor Day celebration is held in a different host city each year on the first Friday in November. On National Arbor Day, Texas A&M Forest Service announced that this year’s state celebration will be hosted in Plano, Texas.   “The idea is for everyone in Texas to take one day – the same day – to truly appreciate trees and plant one,” said Paul Johnson Texas A&M Forest Service urban and community forestry program coordinator. “Planting a tree leaves a legacy for future generations while beautifying the spaces where we live, work and play today.”

Plant the Seeds for the Next Generation

Today, above all, Arbor Day is for children, parents, and grandparents to strengthen the bond between generations by planting trees together. It presents a tremendous opportunity to teach fundamental lessons about stewardship of our natural resources and caring for our environment. There is no more powerful demonstration than helping children plant and care for trees that their own children and grandchildren will enjoy.

Here are some things you can do with your family, school or community for Texas Arbor Day:

  • Celebrate by planting a tree 
  • Take a class of students on a tree identification hike around campus or within your community
  • Plant trees on your school campus
  • Challenge schools within the local districts to create Tree Trails on their campuses
  • Have a contest for students to find the oldest trees in the community and research the history of the tree. For example, when the tree was 10 years old, what was going on in your community, the nation and/or the world
  • Hold an essay contest where students describe the importance of trees to their community
  • Select special trees to plant as a memorial or honorary trees (link to the celebration tree graphic with the tree types and meaning)
  • Invite a local arborist to give a tree-climbing demonstration
  • Ask an arborist or Tree Company to come out and give a talk on trees, how to maintain trees or other tree-related topics for your school, community group, church or scouts group.
  • Take a Family walk at a local park and talk about the trees and what trees provide to our world.

Fannin Tree Farm would love to spend part of your Arbor Day with you, come out the 1st to the 3rd  for our Texas Arbor Day Sale. All of our trees will be on sale and select inventory up to 30% off.  We will have Arbor Day Activity Books for the Kids, a food truck on Saturday and lots of great Texas Shade Tree’s to choose from.

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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.

fall tree care

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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Shaded Koi Pond Backyard Oasis – September 2019 Customer Spotlight

Koi Pond at night with Chinese Pistaches North Texas Plano

Koi Pond Oasis: Carol and Kenneth B., Plano, TX

There is no doubt that Fannin Tree Farm has amazing customers with some pretty cool hobbies and outdoor spaces.

One of our favorites is Carol and Kenneth B, of Plano, Texas. They have the most amazing backyard Koi ponds I have ever seen! In 2005, they were needing shade for their pond because their canopy was no longer working for the space. They came in and bought three Chinese Pistache Trees and returned in 2018 to add another to a newly-designed part of their yard.

Koi Pond with Chinese Pistaches North Texas Plano KOI Usa Magazine

That is when I got the chance to meet them and learn more about their passion for their Koi pond and fish. Their Koi pond was featured on the cover of KOI USA Magazine in their May/June 2019 issue, along with a multi-page spread, complete with Fannin Trees. Their Koi pond is over 15 years old, yet they’ve their oldest koi fish is 16 years old! They bought it as a baby and raised it indoors until it was big enough to go in the pond.

Koi Pond with Chinese Pistaches North Texas Plano


They have been so happy with our service that they have asked Fannin Tree Farm to speak at the North Texas Water Garden Society in October. The topic will be on trees for shade and décor, best practices for care and maintenance of trees, and a general Q&A. We will also be doing a giveaway! Whether you have a water garden or not, everyone is invited to attend on October 8th @ 7:30 pm. You can join us at TD Industries, Inc. 13850 Diplomat Dr. Dallas, Texas 75234. You can find more information here. We would love to see you out there and share some tree tips!

If you are looking for the perfect shade tree call us at 972-747-9233 and let one of our North Texas tree experts help you – Koi pond or not!

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.

 

Remembrance Oak Tree

Oak Tree: Symbolizes strength of character, wisdom, nobility, loyalty, and courage

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.

 

Celebrate Your Loved Ones by Planting a Tree

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 provide so many natural benefits.

A tree is a gift that keeps on giving! Trees clean our air by 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.

 

Red Bud Celebration Tree

Red Bud Tree: Symbolizes a breath of fresh air

 

Remembrance Tree: A Living Memorial

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.

 

Pine Remembrance Tree

Pine Tree: Symbolizes reaching for the stars and eternal life

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.

 

Celebration Trees: The Gift That Never Stops Giving

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, while others 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!

 

Wedding Celebration Trees

Wedding Unity Tree Ceremony: Symbolizes the long-lasting growth and bond of marriage

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 bond of marriage.

 

The Symbolism Behind Celebration Trees

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.

 

Remembrance and Celebration Tree Symbolism

 

 

Fannin Tree Farm Celebration Trees

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 celebrations and memorial events in your life.

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Sale

Fall Tree Sale

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Sale

Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25

It has been an eventful summer here in North Texas. It started out a bit wetter than normal, with a rash of storms keeping our crews busy. Then the heat returned full force to remind us all what Texas summers are really like. Even though summer’s not officially over, fall is right around the corner, which means the perfect time to plant trees is upon us.

That means it’s also time for the Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Sale at Fannin Tree Farm.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Sale Details
We welcome the fall with an awesome sale on our full stock of trees plus a fun party for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s the when and where:

Dates: August 23 – August 25, 2019
Location: Fannin Tree Farm in Frisco, TX

Offers: Sale pricing on ALL Fannin trees

Family Fun: Every sale at Fannin Tree Farm is an excuse to have a party. Here are some of the fun activities to look forward to over the weekend:

  • Food Trucks
    • Easy Slider: August 23, 4pm – 7pm
    • King Kups: August 24, 11am – 2pm
  • Radio Show – See The Hardline sports radio broadcast live on August 23, 3pm – 7pm. Brought to you by The Ticket.
  • Concessions – Beat the heat with soda on us.

It’s the perfect kick off to the fall planting season, and we want to see you there. Don’t miss our Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Sale, August 23-25, 2019.

Why plant in the fall?
When it comes to trees, spring is the time for new growth, and fall is the ideal time for planting. Why, you ask? The soil conditions from autumn rain and cooler temperatures provide the perfect planting environment, allowing trees’ root systems to acclimate to their new surroundings as they head into dormancy and before they wake up for spring growth.

So, if you’ve been thinking about getting a new tree for your residential or commercial property, take advantage of this time to select the perfect one! View our tree inventory here. As always, we are happy to help you during the selection process in any way we can! Feel free to give us a call or contact us here anytime.