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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.

Leaf Scorch 

  • 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?

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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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.

live oak tree

2. 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.

southern magnolia

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.

Eastern Red Cedar Tree

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.

Elderica Pine Tree

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.

Happy Thanksgiving

As I was driving from our farmhouse to town to run some errands it was quiet in the truck as I was alone. This rarely happens as most of the time the kids are in tow and life is crazy & fast-paced all the time in our little family. It was a misty morning and the fog was clearing from the fields as I drove and I got to looking at the trees and all the color changes that were happening and thinking how beautiful the trees were. I know, I know before you think it…. they may not as magnificent as the East coast, but they are pretty majestic here in Texas in their own right, if you ask me. It struck me it’s like the last goodbye as they go dormant for the winter and a thank you to nature for another year of growing bigger and stronger. It really struck me at this time in our world with all the crazy, the pandemic, and divides we needed to focus on the positive more and not lose sight of the things we are grateful for. I even stopped and took a few pictures so I could put them up on the fridge to remind myself to be thankful more.

It made me start thinking of all the things I am grateful for and don’t remember enough. I thought I would go first and list a few things I am thankful for in hopes that it makes you think of the things you are thankful for:

  • My family. I have an amazing husband who I adore. Fantastic kids, that keep me on my toes and never stop making me laugh or wonder what’s next. My extended family is big and amazing.
  • My work family. I’m so lucky to work somewhere that I enjoy going to everyday and does not feel like a job. I truly have amazing relationships with my co-workers.
  • My Fannin Customers. They are so much fun, have amazing stories and are a joy to work with.
  • Life. Life really is amazing, and I forget that all the time. Don’t get me wrong, we have our ups and downs and sometimes I want to yell really, why? (especially when we have been quarantining together!) But all and all, things always turn out and I remember how good things are.

I could go on and on but I think you get my point, no matter what is going on in the world, we all have something to be thankful for. I know for me there are times I forget but the other morning was very helpful to get me back to being thankful, again, and just in time for the holidays!

As we enter the holiday season and Thanksgiving is around the corning, I encourage you to stop and reflect on all the positives and things you are grateful for and share the positive with the world. After all, we need that more than anything currently.

From the Fannin family & our Fannin work family to your family, we are grateful for all our customers, your continued support and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving full of peace, health, love, and calm!

Thankful…..

C : )

The Top Five Texas Trees for Planting

top texas tree live oak

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.

live oak tree

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 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 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 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

southern 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.

Service is Golden

Fannin Tree Farm has been family owned and operated for over 44 years.  One of our valued attributes is that our sales associates build relationships from beginning to end that last a lifetime.  We support this as a company with our customer service in all departments.  Our customer service is not just during the sale but before and AFTER the sale.  Fannin believes that taking care of customers after the sale is just as important as during the sale.  Because of this belief, we have a service team in place to handle all your tree questions and concerns, even after our 1-year warranty period.  We make our service request process easy.  All you have to do is go on our website and fill out a work order form (found at the bottom of our home page) and from there it lands in our service department to help you.  When you send in a service request with pictures, we can sometimes determine what is going on through the picture, and sometimes we have to make a site visit.  Always remember to check the email you put on the request.  We will alert you of any visit we are making, any recommendation, or changes through email.  No question is too big or too small for our service team.

Chances are when you have a site visit you will meet our service manager, Fernando Vasquez.  Fernando has over 13 years’ experience in the tree and landscape business.  Fernando’s number 1 goal is customer service.  He loves helping our customers learn about the care of their trees and helping keep our Fannin Trees thriving.   To learn more about Fernando, click here.

Texas’ Top 5 Summer Flowering Trees

Texas' Top 5 Summer Flowering Trees | Fannin Tree Farms

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. Spring’s beautiful blooming trees of fresh flowers aren’t just limited to that season. There are many trees that thrive in our Texas climate during the summer and some of them produce the most colorful blooms around.

Here are Texas’ Top 5 Summer Flowering Trees:

  1. Vitex
  2. Desert Willow
  3. Crepe Myrtle
  4. Southern Magnolia
  5. Little Gem Magnolia

Vitex Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Vitex

Blooming Period: Late Spring – Early Fall
Flower Color: Purple
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.

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Desert Willow

Blooming Period:Mid-Spring – Late Summer
Flower Color: White, Pink, or Purple
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.

Learn More about the Desert Willow

Desert Willow Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Crepe Myrtle Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Crepe Myrtle

Blooming Period: Late Spring – Late Fall
Flower Color: Red, White, Pink, or Purple
The Crepe 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 Crepe 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.

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Southern Magnolia

Blooming Period: Early – Late Summer
Flower Color: White
Both a flowering tree and an ornamental tree, the Southern 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.

Learn More about the Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Little Gem Magnolia Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Little Gem Magnolia

Blooming Period: Early Summer – Late Fall
Flower Color: White
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.

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Are you looking to add some beautiful summer blooming trees to your yard? Request a quote and we’ll help you find, install, and maintain your beautiful new trees!

Our Favorites: Kids Books About Trees (At Home Reading List)

Fannin books for kids about trees

If your kids are like mine, they are in need of activities to keep them occupied and learning. One way to do that is by reading. Our favorite reading topic is trees. Yes, I know I am partial to trees. It is one of the reasons I work at Fannin Tree Farm. There are some great books out there about trees for children age 1 – 101.

One of my favorite quotes about reading is from Laura Bush, “As parents, the most important thing we can do is read to our children early and often. Reading is the path to success in school and life. When children learn to love books, they learn to love learning.”

There are many benefits to reading to your kids. Some of those benefits include instilling problem-solving skills, language development, enhancing concentration, teaching about the world, enhancing imagination development, entertainment, empathy development, and, my most favorite reason to read to a child, building a bond with one another. As a busy mom, it has always been a way for me to wind down with my son at night after a long day. I have always tried to remember Emile Buchwald’s quote, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

I asked some of the families that work here at the tree farm what some of their favorite books about trees are and here are some of our staff’s kids’ top picks. I think a lot of these are great reads as well!

The Lorax

The Giving Tree

Chica Chica Boom Boom

Go Dog Go

Winnie the Poo

Secrets of the Apple Tree

One Tree

The Magic Maple Tree

The Tree Lady

We Planted a Tree

The Story of Ferdinand

I also love the idea of creating a Reading-Friendly Environment. Barnes and Noble explains that to keep kids reading, you need to remove as many barriers to reading as you can. That means having books at the ready for kids when they want one and having a comfortable, quiet place where they can lose themselves in a book. As summer starts, you can work with them to create a little reading nook, with stacks of books and comfy pillows. You can also designate a night as a “screen-free” night, in which everyone in the house (including you) must do an activity that doesn’t involve a screen. This took a while for my kids to get used to but once we started the screen-free activity night at our home, reading took off!

If you are looking for some great Tree book reading list, here are three places I recommend you go to find some great books to read.

Happy Reading – don’t forget the Tree Books!