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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.

One of the Good Ones & Many More

One of our long-term employees retired this month.  Bill has been with Fannin Tree Farm over 40 years. He wore many hats here over the years at Fannin, from tree installation, to crew chief, to tree expert in the sales office. I know one thing for sure: Bill will be missed by all of us.

Bill plans to spend his retirement on the lake catching up on his passion for fishing (and hopefully catching a few fish while he’s at it.)

As I thought about Bill’s departure, I realized how many long-term employees we have here at Fannin Tree Farm. Fannin is a family owned and operated business that has served the North Texas community for over 43 years.  Not only is Fannin Tree Farm family run, we have a lot of families that work here: brothers, cousins, uncles and their grown children. As we move forward, I realize we need to not only celebrate those who have given so much to Fannin, but we should also celebrate those who still do. Be on the lookout for more “Get To Know Fannin” pieces in our monthly newsletter.

 

Bill and the Retirement Party

Texas’ Top 5 Summer Flowering Trees

top 5 flowering summer trees

When summers in the air, the kids are out of school & we are spending more time outside who does not want to be surrounded by summers flowering trees. Beautiful blooms of fresh flowers aren’t just limited to spring. There are many trees that thrive in our Texas climate during the summer and some of them produce the most colorful blooms around. Here is Fannin Tree Farms Texas Top 5 Summer Flowering Trees.

Vitex

This multi-trunk tree is known for its breathtaking displays of purple blooms on long spikes that jet out at every growth tip during the late spring into summer. The Vitex has aromatic green leaves and is a rapid grower in most climate and soil conditions. It prefers summer heat for more colorful blooms. The Vitex is a drought-tolerant, pest-resistant tree that grows to reach a height between 10 and 20 feet at maturity. The Vitex’s twisting trunks under the bright flowering canopy gives this tree a unique, grand appearance. Its canopy is large and layered, which allows sunlight to penetrate the ground below. The Vitex requires minimal water and little maintenance while its blooms attract many pollinating insects, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Desert Willow

The Desert Willow is one of Texas’ best trees. Overall, it is somewhat delicate yet can withstand all the heat Texas can bring. Its leaves are long and narrow, its flowers are orchid-like and have a lengthy flower period. The flowers emanate from new branch growth, and therefore pruning accentuates the process. This water-wise and drought tolerant tree produces magnificent blooms of exotic trumpet-shaped purple flowers. The Desert Willow has an airy canopy and is visually appealing in many landscape styles. The flowers range in color from light pink to light violet. The seeds of the desert-willow are eaten by wildlife, and the flowers often attract hummingbirds.

Crape Myrtle

The Crape Myrtle has something to offer for every season but stands out in late spring to summer when it begins producing stunning blooms of purple, pink, red, and white flowers that are pleasing to the eye. The Crape Myrtle is known for its long and constant bloom cycle and works well in just about any landscape. One of the most beautiful characteristics of this tree is its slick, light-colored bark and small leaves that turn yellow and red in the fall. It grows 1.5 to 2.5 feet annually until it reaches a height between 10 and 25 feet at maturity. Is well-suited for hot, sunny climates.

Southern Magnolia

Both a flowering tree and an ornamental tree, the Magnolia is sure to turn heads in any landscape. Its large spoon-shaped leaves provide a thick canopy of shade and produce magnificent large billowing white blossoms that have a fragrant smell to them. They prosper in many conditions, and there is very little maintenance with this tree. It is loved for its year-round foliage and ability to look fantastic in many different landscapes. This magnolia grows one foot annually until it reaches a height between 60 and 70 feet at maturity.

Little Gem Magnolia

The Little Gem Magnolia is the perfect tree for your yard if you are seeking a smaller version of the evergreen magnolia without sacrificing any of the usual beauty. This is a stunning small tree for interior landscapes. The Little Gem Magnolia produces large, fragrant and saucer-shaped flowers that are creamy white in color and reach a width of 8 inches. It will continue to produce flowers for 6 months every year. This magnolia’s leaves are leathery with a deep, glossy green color on top and a bronzy brown, fuzzy underside. The Little Gem reaches only 20-25 feet with a spread of 8-12 feet and has a slow growth-rate, approximately 1½ feet per year.

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:

  1. Try some tree fun
  2. Dig into the amazing science of trees
  3. Make a creative project starring trees
  4. Explore the connection between people and trees
  5. 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:

  1. Trees shade and cool
  2. Trees reduce stress
  3. Trees improve the soil
  4. Trees reduce violence
  5. Trees clean the air
  6. Trees increase property value
  7. Trees bring people together
  8. Trees reduce noise pollution
  9. Trees Support wildlife
  10. 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

Get a tree-house ready trees are now available at Fannin Tree Farm in Frisco

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

Get a 3”x50’ roll of tree wrap at Fannin Tree Farm

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

 Fannin Tree Farms’ Live Oak Trees get a new home at the Katy Trail Ice House 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

 

Caring for dead trees in the winter

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.