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Girl Scout Tree Badge
Every day I am thankful to drive into work and see Trees, but I am even more thankful to work for a company that gives back to our community. Fannin Tree Farm does a lot for the community, but I think my favorite thing I have been able to do, in giving back with Fannin, is working with Girl Scout Troop 6544 to get their tree badge. This group of girls are 12 now and have been together since 1st grade. They are what I hope our future is. Leaders that are strong, kind, knowledgeable, always learning, supporting each other and honestly making the world a better place.
To get a Girls Scout badge for Trees there are several things you must do:
- Try some tree fun
- Dig into the amazing science of trees
- Make a creative project starring trees
- Explore the connection between people and trees
- Help trees thrive
We worked in the classroom and on our tree lot to learn about trees, their uses, living green, how to identify them and how to create and make a field guide for scientific research. We went out to our tree yard and worked on identifying trees by leaves, shape, bark and other identifying features. We also started their field guide books and they started their first pages.
I started the training saying, “When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have gone to the root of what trees are all about and branched out as a naturalist.” I hope that the knowledge they left with will keep them encouraged to help our environment, save trees and be advocates for our world’s nature as a naturalist.
I’ll leave you with a reminder of 10 reasons to be thankful for trees:
- Trees shade and cool
- Trees reduce stress
- Trees improve the soil
- Trees reduce violence
- Trees clean the air
- Trees increase property value
- Trees bring people together
- Trees reduce noise pollution
- Trees Support wildlife
- Trees enhance the view
If you looking for new trees, Fannin Tree Farm would be happy to show you around and help choose the perfect tree for you and your family. Call one of our tree specialists at 972.747.9233.
Earth Day Blog
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb
Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities, and service projects. Earth Day is a time of the year to reflect on how your life impacts the planet. On this day, people think about new ways to reduce their carbon imprint and improve water quality. They get together to get their hands dirty and make earnest strides towards making the Earth a better, and healthier, place to live. Earth Day is an important day for people to take time out of their busy lives to consider the impact that humanity has on the environment and for taking steps to minimize these impacts. As a result, we all can live happier and healthier lives in tune with nature. While it would be nice if we all lived as if every day was Earth Day, this holiday serves as a friendly reminder each year, to respect the Earth and to show a little gratitude to Mother Nature.
Started as a grassroots movement, Earth Day created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, and several other environmental laws. The idea for Earth Day was proposed by then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who died in 2005. The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, a monumental day that is widely credited for launching the modern environmental movement. 20 million Americans from all walks of life participated in the very first Earth Day. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.
Earth Day is a time to reflect and be thankful for everything the Earth does for us. It is also a time to strengthen our relationship with nature, to give back, and to think of ways we can work to better support the Earth for future generations. This year the theme for Earth Day is Protect Our Species. Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.
What can we do:
Here at Fannin, we are always looking for ways to lighten our carbon footprint. We re-use all of our plastic container buckets for growing trees. Last year, we stopped buying plastic water bottles for our staff and gave everyone a Fannin Tree Farm bottle. We installed a water cooler that purifies the tap water. We eliminated 100’s of plastic bottles a month.
Earth Day Activities for Kids
Kids are a lot of fun on Earth Day: they have a natural instinct for conservation and preservation, they like to get their hands dirty, and they love any kind of celebration. Planning Earth Day activities for kids is easy; you should start by asking kids what they would want to do to help the Earth. This brainstorming session will help you decide what sorts of things you and your kids can do to help the Earth. Here are some suggestions:
- plant a tree or a group of trees to beautify your neighborhood, provide shelter and food for birds, and prevent soil erosion
- have a recycling party where friends and neighbors gather recyclable materials and turn them in for prizes
- gather a group of kids and clean up garbage at a local park, beach, or other public areas
I found this list that had some great ideas about other things we can do on Earth Day and every day to support a healthy earth. https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/different-ways-to-celebrate-earth-day.php
Valley Ranch Tree Transplant
When Valley Ranch was bought by Centurion American Development Group they asked Fannin Tree Farm to help transplant and preserve the large live oaks on the property. Fannin spent about a month on the property transplanting and pruning the trees for the new housing development that will be going in Legends Crossing. As we celebrate Earth Day in April, we are pleased to be able to work with companies and individuals that want to preserve trees. The same trees that kept Dallas Cowboys players cool during workouts at the Valley Ranch practice facility will now provide shade for the next generation of up-and-coming football players playing in their yards.
Time Out in a Tree House
As a kid, tree houses were so cool to me. A house in the trees with the birds, squirrels, butterflies and lightning bugs. A getaway from a stinky brother, a private place for a princess. Growing up in the country surrounded by big North Texas trees, I used to dream of a treetop tree house I could live in forever reign; who knew that not only would it become a possibility one day but a trendy way to live! In addition to kid tree houses, now there are adult tree houses–resorts that boasted about on TV where people build most over-the-top ones. I never dreamed that tree houses would become chic for kids and adults alike. In fact, some days I wish someone would send me to timeout in a tree house.
As I look out at all the trees on our Frisco Tree Farm sales lot, I can’t help but think about the majestic Live Oaks, Chinese Pistaches and Bur Oaks that someday may make a tree house come true for a little princess, a fierce pirate, or that grownup trying to escape the daily drudges of adulthood. It brings a smile to my face that one day someone might take up residence in one of our trees. Not only will the tree bring joy to them but they will provide years of special memories for a “no girls allowed” fort, a reading nook, a pirate hangout, a chic adults-only getaway or one of the many other things a tree house can be.
Take a look at some of the cool tree houses we have found. When you find a tree house you are ready for, let Fannin Tree Farm know. We can provide a tree house ready tree, or we can give a tree house tree for the kids or grandkids in years to come.
Winter Tree Wrapping
There are some tree novices that think sunscald and sunburn mean the same, but they don’t.
Sunscald is caused by freezing temperatures preceding or following warm winter day temperature with high levels of sun exposure. The injury tends to happen on the southwest side of a tree with thin bark.
During the spring, as the tree begins to grow in trunk diameter the bark sloughs off and the injury becomes apparent. Wrapping sensitive thin bark trees, regardless of size, is advisable between November and March.
While many trees develop this condition, the Mature Red Oak is no longer considered to be sensitive to sunscald.
If you have any questions about sunscald, the importance of this preventative measure and other tree care related topics, contact Fannin Tree Farms to speak with one of our tree specialists.
Katy Trail Ice House Tree Installation
I recently read something about how we like certain seasons of the year based on the positive things we correlate to them. Whether it was going to football games, campfires or just spending time with friends, some of my best memories have taken place in the fall. I remember as the temperatures dropped, my friends and family could find a great patio and hang out.
That’s why the tree installation we did at Katy Trail Ice House over the last few weeks meant so much to me. They made renovations to their patio which also included Fannin installing 21 large Live Oak Trees. Brian Jeffries, our Commercial Sales Manager, and Large Tree Expert led the project, and it was the second time we’ve had an opportunity to work with the popular Dallas restaurant and beer garden.
When installing large trees, proper tree planting and installation is imperative to the growth and survival of your new trees. Our trained professionals’ follow the essential steps necessary to help your tree get the best start possible, ensuring that your new trees live a long and healthy life. We also work the new tree owners to help them understand all the steps that are needed to be followed during the first few months after the tree is planted to ensure proper health and growth of the tree.
Fannin Tree Farm has over 40 years of growing, transporting and installing large mature trees. We own all of our equipment, and our large tree installation crew chiefs have been working for us for more than 30 years.
Here are a few photos from the installation. If you are ever looking for a great patio to hang out on check out Katy Trail Ice House and enjoy some majestic Fannin Live Oak Trees, we grew from seedlings.
How to Help Your Trees Thrive in the Fall
Fall Thrive Program
By Bradley Boobar
Have you heard about our Fannin Thrive Tree Care Program?
In the Fall, trees slow down to prepare for the dormant season. Plant resources are being reallocated to other areas in the plant to optimize storage and restoration. This is a very good time of year to have your trees assessed by a professional arborist. Plants have the most optimal growth between the temperatures of 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. During the fall, the moisture puts out the highest percentage of root growth. Typically, when the air temperatures are cooler than the soil, root growth is amplified more than new top growth. Increasing the root growth in the Fall also prepares the tree for future Spring growth.
We have a comprehensive program that we call the Fannin Thrive Program. Our Fall services include an assessment by a trained arborist and prescription fertilization services. In addition to fertilization, the arborist will assess each of your trees, provide pest and disease applications that can arise in the Fall and make recommendations for pruning, plant health maintenance, and other services.
If you are looking to improve your tree’s performance, or need help diagnosing a plant problem, the arborist at Fannin Tree Farm are the professionals you can trust. Our team is led by our Board-Certified Master Arborist and each one participates in continuing education programs to stay sharp in our profession.
Our fertilization and treatment services have proven to be effective in peer-reviewed research; all tree services provided by Fannin Tree Farm are in accordance to the ANSI A300 standards for arboriculture operations.
The Top Five Texas Trees for Planting
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Fannin Fun Tree Facts
Tree Facts Are Fun!
I love fun facts about anything. You never know when they will come in handy at a party to break the ice, on a first date trying to impress, playing trivia on a cruise ship or just in everyday conversation. One of my favorite things about working at Fannin Tree Farm, other than the trees, is Mikey. Every day he has a new fact about trees to share, and believe you me, they have come in handy from time to time. I’m pretty sure my children and husband are over my fun tree fact finds but I wanted to share with our Fannin Fans some of my favorite tree facts.
- There are 7.5 times more trees on earth than stars in the milky way.
- An average size tree can provide enough wood to make 170,100 pencils!
- The Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply.
- Cricket bats are made out of a tree called Willow, and baseball bats are made out of wood from Hickory, Ash, Maple, and Bamboo trees.
- Oak trees start producing acorns at 20-30 years of maturity!
- Every Year in Washington DC The National Christmas Tree is put up and the walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree features 56 state and territory trees decorated with handmade ornaments that are unique to each tree.
- Trees drink about 2,000 liters of water each year.
- Pine trees are the only species in the whole world that spread seeds in cones, and those cones also have genders.
- A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
- Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
- The different parts of a tree grow at various times throughout the year. Typically, most of the foliage growth happens in the spring, followed by trunk growth in the summer and root growth in the fall and winter.
- Adding one tree to an open pasture can increase its bird biodiversity from almost zero species to as high as 80.
- The world’s tallest living uncut decorated Christmas tree is a Douglas Fir. It is approximately 160 foot tall, lighted with over 50,000 LED lights and is located in Blue River, Oregon USA.
- Strategically planting trees and shrubs can save you up to 25 percent on your energy bills. Not only do they provide shade in the summer, but serve as a windbreak in the winter, too.
- The Texas State Tree is the Pecan Tree
- Our National Tree is the Oak Tree in the United States
- There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.
- Possibly the most colorful bark found on any tree in the world can be found in Hawaii, and it is referred to as the Rainbow Eucalyptus. Originating in the Philippines, the Mindanao gum tree in its natural habitat can grow up to 6 ft wide and over 250 ft tall. Outside of it, the tree only grows up to 125 ft.
Largest Tree in the US
General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the state of California. It stands 275 feet tall and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain broad high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet in diameter.
Trees Can Talk
A wise old man once made a statement that trees could talk. How could that be? Well, the answer is “of course.” All you must do is listen.
Listen: To the swaying branch of a tree, listen carefully.
Listen: To the leaves clapping their hands with laughter and delight.
Listen: As the trees groan to the weight of their limbs stretching in the early morning sun.
Listen: To the acorns falling to the earth, bouncing limb by limb as they fall gleefully until they rest peacefully on the ground.
Listen: As the limbs rub together like a fine violin and its bow.
Listen: As the sweet dew drops of water splash in freefall of symphony between leaves and branches making a joyous melody.
Listen: When birds land safely inside the limbs and branches and shout out to their friends “it’s safe to build our homes here and raise our families.”
Listen: As animals like trapeze artist swing branch to branch laughing as they play animal games.
Listen: As the moon speaks thru the trees all is well, and you can rest in the shade and darkness.
Listen: As the wind is told to slow down there are children at play in my branches.
Listen: As the sun provides a warm light to grow the young and old trees, and the crackle of new buds and leaves sound a graceful noise.