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Christmas Trees? No, Trees for Christmas!

christmas-gift-card-300x250The Fannin fans out there – the “Fan”nins (okay, we’ll workshop that) – know that we don’t do Christmas trees at Fannin Tree Farm. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t do trees for Christmas.

In fact, a Fannin tree is the perfect holiday gift this year. Trees bring years of warmth, character and personality to any home, perfect for an established property looking to make a change, or a new homeowner looking to plant their very first tree. And no tree farm in DFW has a better selection and the top-quality installation services of Fannin Tree Farm in Frisco, TX. It’s our passion, and what better time to gift that passion to a loved one?

But, what tree to choose? It’s a highly personal choice, and everything from the home to the soil to the personality of the homeowner matters. That’s why we offer the next best thing: gift certificates!

Gift your family, friends, associates, and distant sort-of relatives a Fannin Tree Farm gift certificate and get them on their way to a beautiful new addition to their home precisely when they’re ready for it. It’s the gift that keeps growing all year long!

To order a Fannin Tree Farm gift certificate, call 972-747-9233 or visit us at the farm at 15700 State Highway 121, Frisco, TX 75035.

4 Reasons to Purchase a Mature Tree

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Why Mature Trees Provide More Benefits Than Young Trees

At Fannin Tree Farm, we recommend that homeowners purchase mature trees rather than young ones. Adding mature trees to your home landscape can provide many benefits without requiring much upkeep or pruning. Young trees require a considerable amount of pruning and training, and they don’t provide as many benefits to your home and neighborhood as mature trees do.

 

Instant Savings on Energy Costs

One of the best benefits of large shade trees is their ability to help lower home energy costs. Because these trees can block sunshine and wind, they can help to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, allowing you to use your air conditioner and heater less. When placed properly, a large-stature shade tree can reduce home energy spending by 15%. If you choose to plant a young shade tree, you will have to wait for it to mature—which takes between 10 and 30 years depending on species—before you will start saving on home energy costs.

 

Mature Trees Add Value to Your Home

Mature trees add value to your home by enhancing the beauty of your yard. A mature tree can increase your property value between 15 and 20%. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a stronger impact on the property value of homes than young trees. If you are looking to sell your home within the next few years, purchasing a young tree is unwise as it takes between 10 and 30 years for a tree to reach full maturity and provide maximum value to your home.

 

Mature Trees Take in More Carbon Than Young Trees

Before 2014, scientists thought that mature trees took in less carbon than young trees, so homeowners were advised to plant young trees to help reduce their carbon footprint. In 2014, however, a study was published showing that mature trees actually take in more carbon on a “tree by tree basis.” If protecting the environment, reducing your carbon footprint or helping to improve your neighborhood’s air quality are priorities, buying a mature tree is the right choice for you.

 

Mature Trees Don’t Have as Many Pruning Needs as Young Trees

While mature trees do need to be pruned regularly, they do not have to be trained in the same way young trees do. While young trees are developing, it is necessary to establish a strong leader and framework of branches. Pruning young trees is intensive and should be done by professionals to ensure that the tree stays strong, beautiful and healthy for its entire life. Buying a mature tree allows you to bypass all of the pruning and training necessary in a tree’s youth.

 

All in all, mature trees deliver more benefits than young trees. By allowing the tree professionals at Fannin Tree Farm to care for trees until they reach maturity, you are guaranteeing that your home and neighborhood receive the most benefits possible from your trees.

Continue Celebrating Arbor Day with Fannin Tree Farm!

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Because Arbor Day is one of our favorite holidays, one weekend of celebration wasn’t enough for us. We invite you to continue celebrating Arbor Day with us by taking advantage of our extended sale.

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Our extended Arbor Day Sale will last all weekend long, from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7. All of our trees will be on sale, so you can find the perfect tree for your landscape. Some of our best sellers include:

 

All Inventory Will Be On Sale!

We have one of the biggest selections of native trees in the DFW Metroplex, and our entire inventory will be on sale. Additionally, every tree purchased at our extended Arbor Day Sale will include professional installation plus Fannin’s one-year guarantee. You won’t want to miss these savings!

 

Celebrate with Sliders

On Saturday, May 6, Easy Slider food truck will be joining the festivities at Fannin Tree Farm. You can enjoy delicious sliders while browsing our selection of discounted trees. It’s guaranteed to be a good time.

 

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Fannin Tree Farm, 15700 State Highway 121, Frisco, TX 75035 >>

Can My Tree Be Saved? Evaluating Storm-Damaged Trees

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Know When to Replace or Repair a Storm-Damaged Tree

Since North Texas is no stranger to severe weather, it’s important to know how to evaluate storm-damaged trees. Trees that have sustained any amount of damage from hail, wind or lightning can pose a hazard to your home, so you need to know the difference between a tree that can be given time to heal and a tree that needs to be replaced.

 

How to Assess the Damage

Damaged trees present a risky situation for homeowners. You don’t want to unnecessarily remove a storm-damaged tree, but you also need to protect your home from a potentially dangerous tree. In order to make the right decision about repair or replacement, you need to inspect and assess your tree for damage.

To effectively assess the amount of damage sustained, you need to consider the overall health of the tree. A tree that has not been previously storm damaged or affected by disease or pests has a high chance of surviving weather-related damage and not becoming a fallen tree.

One of the biggest factors that will determine a tree’s ability to survive after sustaining storm damage is the health of its crown. If at least 50% of your tree’s crown—the branches and leaves—is intact, it has a good chance of survival. If 50% of the crown is gone, however, the tree is unlikely to receive enough nourishment to survive and will no longer beautify your yard.

It is also important to inspect the tree’s wounds. A two- to three-inch wound on a limb with a 12-inch diameter will heal if the tree is healthy. Larger wounds are unlikely to heal, however, as they make the tree more susceptible to diseases and pests.

 

When to Replace

Usually, trees that have a structural weakness or have been affected by diseases or pests are not capable of surviving damage from a severe storm. These trees are more likely to suffer wounds that are too large to heal or a split trunk, which causes the tree to lose the connection from its roots to its leaves. Trees that have suffered this level of damage are unable to be repaired and must be removed to prevent posing a danger to your home.

 

Contact the Experts at Fannin Tree Farm

At Fannin Tree Farm, we are trained in storm recovery, damage prevention and fallen tree removal. If your trees have suffered any amount of storm damage, we can help you assess the damage and provide tree repair or removal services.

Fannin’s Spring Free Tree Sweepstakes

Win a FREE 45-Gallon Tree

Fannin Tree Farm is celebrating the season by hosting a Free Tree Sweepstakes. We will be giving away a FREE 45-Gallon Tree of your choice* to one lucky winner. Give your landscape some new life with beautiful new tree! Follow the steps below to enter to win:

 

Step 1 – Like Us on Facebook

Step 2 – Fill Out the Entry Form

The entry period for this sweepstakes has ended. The winner of the Free Spring Tree will be announced during Fannin Tree Farm’s Arbor Day Sales Event this weekend (4/28 – 4/30).

*Choice of Live Oak, Shumard Red Oak, Chinese Pistache, Cedar Elm OR Bur Oak.

 
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The “Spring Free Tree Sweepstakes” is sponsored by Fannin Tree Farm. This Sweepstakes is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Fannin Tree Farm, are final in all respects. The Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.
 
ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of their respective countries where not prohibited by law, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access and a valid email account prior to the beginning of the Sweepstakes Period. Entrants must live in one of the following zip codes: 75001, 75002, 75006, 75007, 75008, 75009, 75010, 75011, 75013, 75014, 75015, 75016, 75017, 75019, 75022, 75023 ,75024, 75025, 75026, 75027, 75028, 75029, 75030, 75032, 75034, 75035, 75037, 75038, 75039, 75040, 75041, 75042, 75043, 75044, 75045, 75046, 75047, 75048, 75049, 75050, 75051, 75052, 75053, 75054, 75056, 75057, 75058, 75060, 75061, 75062, 75063, 75065, 75067, 75068, 75069, 75070, 75074, 75075, 75077, 75078, 75080, 75081, 75082, 75083, 75085, 75086, 75087, 75088, 75089, 75093, 75094, 75097, 75098, 75099, 75104, 75106, 75116, 75121, 75123, 75132, 75137, 75138, 75149, 75150, 75164, 75166, 75173, 75182, 75187, 75189, 75201, 75202, 75203, 75204, 75205, 75206, 75207, 75208, 75209, 75210, 75211, 75212, 75214, 75215, 75218, 75219, 75220, 75221, 75222, 75223, 75225, 75226, 75227, 75228, 75229, 75230, 75231, 75233, 75234, 75236, 75237, 75238, 75239, 75240, 75242, 75243, 75244, 75245, 75246, 75248, 75249, 75250, 75251, 75252, 75258, 75260, 75261, 75262, 75263, 75264, 75265, 75266, 75267, 75270, 75275, 75277, 75283, 75284, 75285, 75286, 75287, 75294, 75295, 75301, 75303, 75310, 75312, 75313, 75315, 75320, 75323, 75326, 75336, 75339, 75342, 75346, 75350, 75353, 75354, 75355 ,75356, 75357, 75359, 75360, 75363, 75364, 75367, 75368, 75370, 75371, 75372, 75373, 75374, 75376, 75378, 75379, 75380, 75381, 75382, 75386, 75387, 75388, 75389, 75390, 75391, 75392, 75393, 75394, 75395, 75396, 75397, 75398, 75407, 75409, 75424, 75442, 75454, 75458, 75459, 75485, 75495, 76034, 76039, 76051, 76092, 76155, 76201, 76202, 76203, 76204, 76205, 76206, 76207, 76208, 76226, 76227, 76233, 76247, 76258, 76262, 76266, 76271, 76299, 75071, 75033, 75254, 76209 or 76210. Fannin Tree Farm has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.
 
SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Free Trees Sweepstakes begins at noon (CST) on Friday, April 7, 2017 and ends at noon (CST) on Friday, April 28, 2017. All entries must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the Sweepstakes at their sole discretion.
 
HOW TO ENTER: You can enter the Sweepstakes on Fannin Tree Farm’s website. Entrants must fill out all required fields on the entry form to participate in the Sweepstakes. After submitting the required information on the entry form, the entrant will receive one (1) entry into the drawing. One entry per person; bonus entries may be awarded through Fannin’s Facebook page.
 
WINNER SELECTION: All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database at the end of the Submission Period. A winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced after April 28, 2017. Announcement of and instructions for prize will be sent to the email address supplied on the potential prizewinner’s entry form. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her email account for prize notification and receipt or other communications related to this Sweepstakes. If a potential prizewinner cannot be reached by Administrator (or Sponsor) within fifteen (15) days, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prizewinner shall forfeit the prize. Upon the request of the Sponsor, the potential winner may be required to return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Prize Acceptance Form and IRS W-9 form. If a potential winner fails to comply with these official rules, that potential winner will be disqualified. Prize may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received.
 
PRIZE: One 45-gallon tree of winner’s choice (from Live Oak, Red Oak, Chinese Pistache, Cedar Elm OR Bur Oak). Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prize is permitted. Fannin Tree Farm and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Sweepstakes, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Sweepstakes is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Fannin Tree Farm. Fannin Tree Farm reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Sweepstakes, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Fannin Tree Farm determines that the Sweepstakes cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Fannin Tree Farm’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Sweepstakes. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Sponsor reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Fannin Tree Farm and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.
 
INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless Sponsor and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, the Facebook platform, administrator, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from any liability, damages, losses or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes and the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize that may be won. Sponsor and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies do not make any warranties, expressed or implied, as to the condition, fitness or merchantability of the prize. Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from access to or the download of information or materials connected with the Sweepstakes.
 
PUBLICITY: By participating, each entrant grants Sponsor permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.
 
CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT COMPLIANCE: We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) by not collecting any information from anyone under 13 years of age.

Celebrate Arbor Day with Fannin!

Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30

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 28th through Sunday, April 30th. Stop by to pick out the perfect tree for your landscape. All trees will be on sale! Some of our best sellers include:

All 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.

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Get Directions

Fannin Tree Farm, 15700 State Highway 121, Frisco, TX 75035

Top 5 Flowering Trees for Spring in Texas

Add Some Color to Your Landscape

 

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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.


Redbud

redbud_smallTexas 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.


Crepe Myrtle

crepe-myrtle_smallAvailable 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.


Desert Willow

desert-willow_smallGreat 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.


Vitex

vitex_smallYou’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.


Magnolia

southern-magnolia_smallThe 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!

 

Fannin’s Spring Tree Service Checklist

Spring Tree Service Checklist

8 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Landscape

It’s been a mild (if not warm) winter so far here in North Texas, so it feels like spring came a bit early this year. This of course means spending more time outside and enjoying the fresh air and sunlight. As you’ve been outside, you have probably noticed various things you can to do to spruce up your landscape for the new season. So, to help you achieve an attractive landscape while caring for your trees this spring, our tree service experts here at Fannin Tree Farm have compiled this spring tree service checklist to assist you.

 

  1. Do an audit of your trees and shrubs.

    Before diving too far into making any landscaping enhancements on your spring tree service checklist, it’s important to inspect your trees and shrubs; be sure to check for any damage, signs of disease and dead limbs.

  2. Prune your trees.

    This is one of the most important items on our spring tree service checklist because pruning your trees and shrubs promotes healthy growth and supports overall vitality. When pruning, be sure to snip any dead, damaged, diseased and broken branches you find. Further, it’s best to prune from mid-winter through early spring.

  3. Spread mulch around your trees.

    Adding mulch around your trees helps with moisture retainment and soil integrity. When adding mulch, apply around the base of your trees, leaving space (i.e., three to five inches) between the mulch and the trunk to guard against pest infestation. Be careful to not use too much mulch, as it can disturb aeration and moisture levels and lead to rotting at the tree base.

  4. Check for signs of pests.

    Various pests and diseases are common during springtime months. As you work through your spring tree service checklist, be sure to routinely check your trees, shrubs and other vegetation for signs of pests. Depending on what you find, you may want to reach out to Fannin Tree Services for professional pest management services.

  5. Give your trees some extra support.

    If you have any young or delicate trees on your landscape, you may benefit from cabling and/or bracing the trees. This enhanced support ensures your trees can stand up to high winds and severe springtime weather.

  6. Be cautious when using chemicals.

    We’ve included this item in our spring tree service checklist because it’s common for people to use certain chemicals when dealing with weeds. If you plan to use chemicals to keep weeds and particular types of grasses at bay, do not spray them near your trees’ foliage or root zone.

  7. Be careful when using lawn care equipment.

    Not only can lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and other lawn care equipment cause harm to your well being, but they can also pose a risk to your trees if they come in contact with them. Nicks, cuts and abrasions on a tree’s surface can injure bark, weaken the tree’s defense system, aid in the spread of disease and lead to further, costly damage.

  8. Plant new trees.

    Spring is a time for new beginnings, so we’ve included planting new trees in our spring tree service checklist. If you want to add new trees to your landscape, take advantage of the warm weather and come on out to Fannin Tree Farm to peruse our expansive tree inventory before the spring rush. As always, every tree purchase comes complete with professional installation and our one-year Fannin Guarantee.

 

If you have any questions about any of the items on this spring tree service checklist, don’t hesitate to call (972) 747-9233 or contact us here. We fortunately have a highly qualified, certified arborist—Barbara Villarreal—on our team, who will be happy to help in any way she can. Further, if you’d like some assistance with checking items off our spring tree service checklist, contact Fannin Tree Services for pruning, tree removal, pest management, bracing/cabling and more!

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Five Common Tree Myths Debunked

Just Because They’re Believed Doesn’t Mean They’re True

Like all living things, trees require the proper living conditions and care to thrive. Be that as it may, there are quite a few myths out there regarding tree health that can negatively affect your trees’ vitality. That’s why we’re here to set the record straight on five of the most common tree myths:

Common Tree Myths

  1. Tree Topping is Okay – Tree topping is a quick way to temporarily cut back unwanted branches, but it also disfigures the overall structure and leads to weak limb growth.
  2. Adding Mulch is Always a Good Idea– While applying mulch to the base of a tree can enhance its health, using too much can disturb soil moisture and aeration levels and cause the tree’s base to rot.
  3. Using Soil Enhancements is Always Okay – A lot of people think using soil enhancements—including chemicals and fertilizers—is always okay. However, they can actually prevent trees from acclimating to surrounding soil and damage root systems.
  4. More Fertilizer is Better­ ­– Applying the right amount of fertilizer at the right time can enhance trees’ health, but using too much at unnecessary times overstimulates crown growth and weakens natural growth abilities.
  5. Planting Trees is Easy – Many people think planting a tree consists of simply picking one out, digging a hole and filling it with dirt. However, there are many factors to take into account, including: the size of the property, the type of tree, soil type, surrounding structures and proper aftercare.

If you are unsure about how to properly care for your trees, don’t pay attention to common myths. Contact Fannin Tree Farm instead! We’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.

Bring in Texas Arbor Day with Fannin!

Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6

Fannin Tree Farm loves all things having to do with planting and caring for trees, so it comes as no surprise that we’re really excited for Texas Arbor Day on November 4. To celebrate this great state holiday, we are hosting one last big sale of the season!

Texas Arbor Day Sale

Our Texas Arbor Day Sale kicks off on Friday, November 4 and lasts through Sunday, November 6. At the sale, you’ll be able to peruse our expansive inventory and pick out the perfect tree(s) to complement your garden—all at a discounted price. Choose from some of our bestsellers.

As an added bonus, you’ll be able to take advantage of up to 30% off select inventory, so you don’t want to miss out—especially if you didn’t make it to our previous sales this year. Additionally, now is the perfect time to take advantage of these great savings because fall is the best time to plant a tree in Texas! What’s more is every tree sold at our Texas Arbor Day Sale comes with FREE professional installation and Fannin’s one-year guarantee.

Be sure to mark your calendars!

 

Want to Win a FREE Tree?

If your garden could use a brand new tree, now is the perfect time to enter our Free Tree Sweepstakes for a chance to win a FREE 45-gallon tree of your choice (restrictions apply). To learn how to enter, click the button below.

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Get Directions

Fannin Tree Farm, 15700 State Highway 121, Frisco, TX 75035