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Where Fannin Has Been: Katy Trail Outpost
With fall around the corner, it is time to start thinking about patio time! Who does not love a fall afternoon or evening on the patio with a fire pit, good friends, family, good food, amazing cold drinks, and amazing trees? I know I do! I was delighted when Katy Trail Outpost in Plano, Texas asked us to help them install about 40 new trees in their patio area and surrounding the patio. We installed new Live Oaks to the patio for shade using a crane. Then we installed 34 new Eastern Red Cedar (ERC) to the surrounding of the patio.
An Ongoing Relationship
We have worked with Katy Trail in the past and love the creativity, shade, and ambience they put into their patios. This project was no different working with their general manager, Kyle. He was very hands on during the project. We could not be happier with the way the project turned out or had much fun we had installing the trees.
Stop by for a Visit
If you are ever in the area, stop by, grab a bite, and drink and check out the Katy Trail Outpost, Fannin Tree Farm’s trees and the patio. Tell Kyle we sent you! Don’t forget if you have any tree needs for your home or business, we would love to help you with your project or maybe a patio!
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Five Common Mistakes for New Tree Owners
Here at Fannin Tree Farm, we enjoy helping our customers with any issues regarding their newly purchased trees. From providing expert tree care assistance on our sales lot to professional tree installation at their destinations, our tree specialists love lending our customers a helping hand because we want everybody’s Fannin trees to survive and thrive for many years to come. This being the case, our tree experts have compiled a list of five common mistakes new tree owners tend to make. To protect your tree investment and ensure its livability, be sure to not engage in the following mistakes.
One of the easiest ways to harm your new tree is to water it improperly, which includes under watering and over watering. To ensure you do not under water your tree, keep in mind that new trees need about five gallons of water for every caliper inch. For example, if your tree measures four caliper inches, it needs 20 gallons of water at least three times a week. As a general rule, newly planted trees need to be watered at least three times a week using a deep-watering method (e.g., hand watering, Gator Bags, soaker hoses and zoned drip systems). To keep from overwatering, check the dampness of the soil at the base of your tree. It should have about the same water content as that of a damp sponge – it should never be soggy.
It is essential to have the optimum soil conditions as your new tree strives to acclimate itself to its new environment. Compacting the soil at the base of a newly planted tree is a good way to strangle it and thus inhibit its growth and vitality. Soil compaction has two main effects. First, too much soil density will keep your tree’s root system from expanding and will stifle growth. Second, soil compaction prevents the flow of water and nutrients to the tree’s roots. To prevent soil compaction, do not walk near the base of your new tree or place anything heavy (like lawn equipment) anywhere under the tree’s canopy.
One of the most common, preventable mistakes people make with their new tree is damaging it with lawn mowers, weed eaters, bicycles or other pieces of equipment. Hitting or leaning these objects on your new tree injures its bark, which makes it harder for the tree to repair itself. Sometimes tree wounds are unable to heal if the tree sustains further injury, which makes the tree vulnerable to disease and hinders the proper flow of vital water and nutrients. Be sure to exercise caution when you maintain your yard to be sure you do not damage your new tree in the process.
Pruning a tree is essential for optimum growth and health. It ensures appropriate distribution of sunlight, prevents damage to vital limbs, strengthens trees’ structures and promotes long-term vitality. You should never prune haphazardly to keep branches in check, nor should you severely cut your tree’s topmost branches if they appear to be too tall. To prune your new tree, start with ridding it of dead or damaged branches, and then clear overgrown and smaller branches. The best time to prune your tree is in late winter before the spring flush.
Using chemicals to kill weeds in your yard or to control other non-tree related issues can be a real detriment to newly planted trees. Be very careful to not spray any chemicals on your tree’s foliage or root zone when you’re working in the yard.
If you have any questions about these five common tree care mistakes or how to care for your new tree, do not hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help in any way we can!
Celebrate 2021 Arbor Day with Fannin!
Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2nd
Arbor Day in the United States dates back to 1872 when a man named J. Sterling Morton left his legacy by leading an agricultural awareness campaign to plant more than one million trees in a day. Fannin Tree Farm encourages everyone to carry on the tradition of planting and growing trees. We invite you to celebrate Arbor Day on the farm by taking advantage of our massive sale on all inventory.
Our Arbor Day Sale is an entire weekend-long event from Friday, April 30th through Sunday, May 2nd. Stop by to pick out the perfect tree for your landscape. All trees will be on sale! Some of our best sellers include:
Select inventory will be on sale!
Help preserve the planet, beautify your yard and save money all at the same time. Remember, every tree purchased at our Arbor Day Sale includes professional installation plus Fannin’s one-year guarantee.
Save the date. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!
Want to Win a FREE Tree?
In honor of the season, we are giving away a FREE 45-gallon tree to one lucky winner. If your yard could use a little transformation, be sure to enter our Spring Free Tree Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free 45-gallon tree of your choice (restrictions apply). For more details, click the button below.
Top 5 Flowering Trees for Spring in Texas
Add Some Color to Your Landscape
As longer days of sunshine summon us outside, the prettiest trees in Texas begin to show their true colors, dropping hints that spring has arrived. Whether you are looking for the perfect photo opportunity or a beautiful backdrop for a picnic, these are the trees to keep your eye on when warmer weather rolls around.
Texas Redbud trees enthusiastically announce spring with a vibrant cloud of pink and purple blooms. As one of the most picturesque signs of the season with their heart-shaped leaves and brilliant buds, these are the perfect ornamental trees to brighten up any yard or garden. Redbuds can withstand drought and easily adapt in alkaline soil conditions, reaching heights of up to 20 feet tall.
Available in an array of sizes and colors, the Crepe Myrtle is a southern charmer with its brilliant blooms in both the summer and fall. Because of its extra long blooming period, it has been called the “flowering tree of 100 days.” Add a dwarf variety as a standout addition to a landscape, or plant a large Crepe Myrtle tree as a front-yard focal point. These flowering beauties love sunlight and can grow up to 25 feet tall.
Great for the low maintenance gardener, this hearty desert tree will survive in dry soil conditions with full sun in the Texas heat. A well-drained, raised bed is the best location to plant desert willows, especially in areas where annual rainfall is greater than 30 inches. Its pink and violet orchid-like flowers are members of the bignonia family. Surprisingly, this species is not related to the willow, as the name might suggest.
You’ll know a Vitex tree by its ostentatious canopy of purple flowers it produces in the summer and fall months. The Vitex is a hardy tree that boasts aromatic green leaves and grows quickly in most climate and soil conditions. This gorgeous Southern native grows about one foot per year, reaching anywhere between 10 and 20 feet tall when it is fully grown.
The prominent, large white flowers of magnolia trees are synonymous with Southern style. Little Gem Magnolias, which produce flowers for six months, make a stunning addition to dress up an indoor garden or smaller landscape. Larger varieties like the DD Blanchard Southern Magnolia will flourish as the glorious centerpiece of a yard, standing 60-70 feet tall.
If any, or all, of these trees suit your fancy, head on out to Fannin Tree Farm to pick one out today!
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. It can be expensive, but very effective and mistake-proof.
- 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
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
The added wetting agent enhances water absorption into the soil or potting mix and helps plants take up nutrients
Where can I get Osmocote?
- Garden Centers
Fertilizer Reminders for 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?
How to Treat Freeze-Damaged Trees
I was so glad to see the sun come back out this week and the freezing cold go away. As my granny always said, if you do not like the weather today just hold on, it will be different tomorrow in Texas. As you are starting to recover from the historic low freezing temperatures during the week of February 15th through February 19th and checking everything in your home, I want to remind you to check on your trees and start watering them. The most important thing you can do right now for your trees is water (view the Fannin Water Guide). As the spring starts it will be important to do a deep root fertilization and prune as needed.
As we shared several weeks ago, trees are going to have stress from the deep freeze we just went through last week. The good news is for most of the tree this will only cause a set-back. Most trees will recover from this type of freeze damage. It often takes months for all of the damage to be evident, if any. You may even find that some trees that look damaged immediately after a freeze actually aren’t. The foliage of some trees may look dark and water-soaked and later turn bright green and healthy again.
Fannin Tree Farm is currently seeing that Evergreen trees have experienced excessive leaf burn due to the freezing temperatures. Typically, when freezes occur those leaves will shed, and new leaves will push but the tree will need time and possibly some fertilization assistance. We will be monitoring this situation closely and will be assessing tree conditions and their response to this historic freeze over the next 4 to 8 months. Our current recommendation is to deeply water your trees 2-3 times per week and to highly consider a deep root fertilization program going into Spring. Fannin Tree Farm will be able to provide a deep fertilization program, pricing for these treatments will vary from tree size and number of trees needed to be treated.
To get a quote on Fannin Tree Farms, deep root fertilization program or pruning needs click here or call one of our tree experts at 972-747-9233.
How to Care for a Tree Before, During, and After a Deep Freeze
North Texas is in for some very cold weather.
Did you know? It is highly important to water your trees before deep freezes. Be sure to use a deep-watering method to water your trees within 24 to 48 hours of a deep freeze to protect their root systems.
It’s common for Winter damage or winter burn to occur during these longer-term freezing temperatures. Most often the damage is cosmetic, and the leaves drop off and be replaced with new growth in the spring. Sometimes pruning is necessary to remove brown, dead, or broken stems or branches. Although the damage may look bad, many tree species are quite resilient. With proper care, a healthy tree without irreparable damage will likely bounce back. Here are a few things you may see with your trees.
- Symptoms are most severe on evergreens such as Hollies, Magnolias and Live Oaks.
- Most damage will occur during winter, but most symptoms will be observed before spring as new growth appears.
Blighting or Browning of New Growth
- Warm temperatures in protected areas in February and March may stimulate buds, flowers, or shoots into growth too early.
- Subsequent cold weather and frosts will kill young buds and tender new growth resulting in fewer flowers and later leaf development.
- Frozen tissue damage frequently appears as blackened buds and leaves that may also drop off.
- Pruning out remaining bare branches will help stimulate new growth later in the spring.
Branch Dieback and Leaf Yellowing
- These symptoms occur from sunscald, frost cracks, root damage, and cold weather following a warm spell.
- Frost cracks can occur during the winter on exposed bark, usually on the west side of a trunk or limb, where warming and subsequent rapid cooling causes expansion and contraction of tissues resulting in cracks.
Ice and Snow Damage
- Symptoms include bent or broken branches from the heavyweight of the ice or snow.
- Heavy snow can be gently knocked from branches but iced-over branches may actually be more brittle and suffer further damage if removal is attempted.
- Wind during ice storms will cause the most damage.
- You can clear ice and snow from small trees and shrubs if you can reach them from the ground. Use a broom to gently knock off snow and ice. If it doesn’t come off easily, leave it alone. Please don’t whack the branches when they’re brittle with the winter cold.
Winter Color of Evergreens
- Symptoms of “winter color” can include gray, yellow, brown, and bronze leaves or needles.
- Causes of ‘winter color’ can include low temperatures and drought stress. Often, the foliage colors will revert back to normal when springtime temperatures return to normal.
What NOT to do After a Snow & Ice Storm:
- Don’t go near a tree that is in contact with utility lines, and don’t attempt to remove the tree yourself. Ice is dangerous! Electricity passes through it, people of all ages and physical conditions slip and fall on it, and only trained professionals should use power tools when it’s icy.
- Don’t stand under a snow- and ice-loaded tree, even if you have a hard hat. A lot of emergency room visits are caused by underestimating risk. Let the snow and ice melt naturally and watch from a safe distance.
- Don’t shake branches to get snow and ice off. Falling snow and particularly falling ice are unpredictable and heavier than you think.
Can Squirrels Really Grow Trees?
Every 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
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.
- Fall color
- 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 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.