Big Trees Establishes Privacy for Mill Creek, Washington Property

SEATTLE, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, was recently involved in a project to enhance the privacy of a property in Mill Creek, Washington (in Puget Sound) with Emerald Green Arborvitaes trees.

When Big Trees was asked to help establish privacy to the property in Mill Creek, luckily Big Trees had just the right larger privacy trees for their needs.

After the client visited Big Trees’ nursery and became familiar with their inventory, they selected the Emerald Green Arborvitae for their situation. While these privacy trees are regularly used in screens through the western Washington area, it is unusual to find them in the larger sizes Big Trees offers. Once measurements of the screening effort were taken, it was determined that 13 of these trees were needed. The client felt that 12’-13’ tall Emeralds would be their choice for this project.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated “The access to the property was limited and wouldn’t allow for a tractor to carry the 400 pound Emerald Green Arborvitaes to their location. But our crews are very capable and we came up with alternative methods to manage getting the trees to the proper location. This process involved plywood planking to mitigate the wet, squishy terrain, and a sturdy ball cart that can handle the significant weight of some of our privacy trees when conditions allow. The trees were planted into the row, and the client was thrilled with the results. The undesirable view was changed to the green. These clients were pretty surprised to have this option available to them. They were ready to settle for smaller trees and having to wait years and years for the result they got with our inventory in a day! It’s always fun to see the changes we can provide for people.”

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, (see Big Trees planting services page at http://bigtreesupply.com/planting-service/), specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. For more tips on tree installation or care go to arboristblog.com. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEP1vudflm0 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

 

BigTreeSupply.com: Preventing Tree Damage During a Storm

By Nancy Penrose

Trees can become damaged by wind, ice and snow. A severe storm can break branches, rip a tree apart or even topple it. When big trees come down during harsh weather, they can cause significant property damage and even serious injury.

There are many preventative actions you can take to prevent or minimize storm damage. To start with, give your trees adequate room to grow. This includes sufficient space for the trunk and branches, as well as the roots. Trees that have strong trunks and branches, and a healthy, robust root system, are less likely to break or fall over during a storm.

If you are planting a young tree, protect its roots with mulching and by keeping foot traffic away from the area. Remove tree stakes as soon as possible so the young tree can build up strength by flexing in the wind.

Planting several trees or moving trees to the same location can also make them more resistant to storm damage. As the roots of the tree grow, they will start to interlock, which will increase the tree’s strength and stability.

Also make sure you regularly inspect your tree for any signs of decay or tree disease. Although decay is a natural process of degradation, decaying tree tissue is relatively weak. Keep an eye out for any leaning trees or trees with low hanging branches or cracks, which can increase the chances of damage or uprooting during a storm.

Issues like these can often be corrected with cables, braces and better or more frequent pruning. Regular pruning will prevent the tree’s canopy from becoming too heavy, and reduce wind resistance. Removing dead wood and weak limbs will stop branches from being torn from the tree during severe weather condition.

Still have questions about tree protection? Ask our big tree arborist or tree specialist for tips and advice. We’ll show you to keep your trees healthy, strong and storm-resistant.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at http://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on big trees care or installation go to arboristblog.com. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEP1vudflm0 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Big Trees Inc. Hired For Tree Transplanting in Redmond, WA

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, has been hired to move and transplant some large trees on a property being developed in Redmond, WA. The trees are currently in the footprint of a large planned apartment development, and once they have been moved to another area of the property, will add peace and tranquility to the property for decades to come.

The property was a former homestead, and two of the large trees are unique. One is a large Japanese Maple, and the other is an unusual variety of Pine. There are also three Douglas Fir trees that are in the 30” tall height range. All five of the trees will be moved to a part of the property that will become a play area, and the tree transplants will provide some shade to the trails surrounding this social area.

The company’s 90” Big John tree spade will be used to dig, transport, and set the trees into their new locations. Additionally, Big Trees is going to be digging and turning the soil from the receiving location, which will help with these trees adjust to their new location. With the soil loosened up, the trees will be able to grow new roots out into the surrounding areas with greater ease and they will have better access to nutrients and hydration.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated “Having an opportunity to move these special trees out of harm’s way and into a location where they will continue to be appreciated is such a fun process to be part of. We’re looking forward to stopping in on these trees in the years to come, and seeing them look like they’ve always been in these locations.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/

BigTreeSupply.com: Enhancing Your Landscape with Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Many of the trees used in landscaping are ornamental trees with interesting features such as bark, leaves or flowers. Even the shape of a tree can enhance a landscape’s appearance. Landscape trees can also be used as privacy trees, to create shade, or as a backdrop for other environmental elements.

Before purchasing trees for your landscape, find out what type of soil you have on your property. Soil requirements can vary from one tree species to another. Also consider the drainage and the depth of the soil when deciding what trees are best suited for your planting environment.

Other factors that you should pay attention to include the tree’s height and diameter when it reaches maturity. Tall trees can interfere with power lines. Pruning can help maintain the tree’s height, but it can also impact its natural shape. Avoid planting trees with low branches next to driveways, walkways or other traffic areas. And make sure that a tree that bears fruit is not placed near pools, fountains or other types of water features.

One way to find out what trees will grow best in your area is to take a walk around your neighborhood. Look for healthy trees that thrive throughout the year.

Develop a landscape plan before making any purchases. To reduce the financial impact of buying a large number of trees all at once, implement the plan in phases.

When you do buy a big tree, make sure it is in good health. Look for good bark, a straight trunk, firm but pliable leaves, as well as well-distributed branches with proper spacing.

Trees can add significant beauty to a landscape. They can also increase the functionality of the space. A big tree arborist can help you choose big trees best suited for your landscape and make sure your landscape plan will work.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree landscapes at http://bigtreesupply.com/sales-inventory/ and for more tips on trees for privacy and landscaping go to privacytree.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAD7E8r51bY and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

BigTreeSupply.com: Supporting Trees with Cables and Braces

By Nancy Penrose

Sometimes trees grow so large they can no longer support their own weight. This is a common problem with a mature tree or big trees that have multiple trunks or large canopies. Trees with branches attached in a “V” shape can have similar issues. The problem can be exacerbated during winter months, when rain and snow increases the weight of a tree’s foliage. Strong winds will also make the situation worse.

Too much weight can also occur when a tree has long and heavy limbs, particularly if they grow downward or horizontally.

If a tree has been planted in shallow or compacted soil, support difficulties can occur as well.

When a tree can’t support itself properly, it can fall, which can lead to property damage and personal injuries.

Pruning is one way to keep tree weight down. However, at some point, cables and braces may be necessary to give a tree the additional and permanent support it needs.

Cables, which are placed high in the tree, reduce branch movement and breakage. Braces are installed below or above the branch that needs support. Many times, cables and braces are installed together.

Both cables and braces come in a variety of materials and strength. Depending on the tree, some will need a single cable, while others will require multiple cables placed in the shape of a box or triangle. How many braces are used will also depend on the tree and branch that needs support.

After installing a cable or brace, make sure to check it for weather damage throughout the year.

If you’re worried about a tree on your property, ask a big trees specialist about your tree care options. Someone with big tree experience will know whether or not the tree can be saved with additional support, or if it would be more cost-effective to purchase a new tree. If cables and braces can save your tree, a big tree expert can show you what type of support to use and where to place it.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree care at http://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to snohomishbigtrees.com. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_x12IYgYbg and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Big Trees Inc. Plants Large Cedars for Local Golf Club

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, has been contracted by a prominent local golf club to help manage a large tree issue on the greens.

Big Trees was contacted about this project 2 years ago, to begin considering solutions and availability of larger trees. There was a specific green in the course that was exposed to distractions and outside activities off the course’s property. The plan was to plant several large trees to form a privacy screen. The club came to agree on 6 large 18’-20’ Incense Cedars to use for this screening effort, and Big Trees located the material and prepared the plants for handling.

Once the materials and trees were onsite, the rest of the project went smoothly. The trees were planted to the club’s satisfaction, and the view that was a distraction became a non-issue. Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated; “We have many relationships with the golfing communities throughout the Puget Sound region. There’s nothing quite like a set of large trees to help settle down and solve issues on a golf course. And it’s really fun to get to see our handiwork in person occasionally when out on the links!”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/

Big Trees Inc. Ships Big Blue Spruce to California

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, shipped a large Blue Spruce tree to Northern California, near San Francisco.

Big Trees was contacted over a year ago by a landscape coordinator for a city near San Francisco. The coordinator had a request for a large Blue Spruce, and Big Trees let him know about the 25’ tall Blue Spruce they had in their nursery. After a number of exchanges and discussions, the tree was shipped out to their location this week to be planted by their team.

Once the details and expenses were arranged and agreed on, a receiving date was set. Big Trees coordinated the appropriate USDA certifications to ship the tree into that region of California, and coordinated the trucking and trailer configuration. Their crews went to work digging and root-balling the tree a few days before the truck’s arrival, getting it ready to be loaded out. The tree dug out at a weight of 10,000 pounds, and had a root ball that was 6’x6’ wide, and 3’ deep. The tree was rigged and loaded onto the deck of the truck, where it was padded and arranged so as to resist much of the settling and impact a root ball can suffer on a long highway trip.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees Inc., stated “The Big Trees team worked hard to accommodate this interstate order, and from the office to the handling crew, everyone put their best effort and experience into making this a successful offering to our associates in the San Francisco area. The experience of sending out one of our large trees to a community states away is an exciting one for sure, and knowing that it will go on to have a new life in a different region, after it came close to being cut down a few years ago, is very rewarding.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://bigtreesupply.com/blog or at http://bigtreemover.net/blog/.

Protecting Your Trees During the Winter

By Nancy Penrose

Are your trees ready for winter? Cold weather, winter sun and wind, can damage trees in many different ways, especially foliage that is isolated and exposed to the elements.

During winter, temperatures often fluctuate from daytime warmth when the sun is out, to nighttime cold air and freezing.

Daily changes in temperature can cause tree bark cells to rupture, which can lead to cracking between the outer bark and inner wood. If not too severe, most trees will be able to repair the damage.

Cracking can be prevented by insulating the tree bark using a fabric blanket. The blanket is wrapped around the tree to protect it from the cold weather, while still allowing it to breathe. The blanket will also let in moisture and light.

The cold can also damage late growth, which can result in die-off. The best way to minimize this type of damage is to prune a tree after it becomes dormant.

You should also prune during the fall to prevent snow and winter storms from breaking branches.

Mulching is another way to protect trees when it gets cold. The mulch will help insulate the tree and its roots. It will also minimize water loss. Mulching should take place after the ground freezes.

If you have young trees, their bark may need to be protected from rodents, mice and rabbits. Tree bark is a food source for small animals, especially during the winter. Protect the bark with chicken wire, guards and repellents.

When snow starts accumulating on the branches of big trees, it will need to be removed. Take the snow off gently to prevent branch and tree damage. If ice starts forming, it can be rinsed away with warm water by connecting your garden hose to a hot water faucet. Be careful not to scald the tree. Implementing proper tree care for your landscape, privacy trees, and big trees will help them make it safely through the winter.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys (learn more about Big Trees at http://bigtreesupply.com/about-big-tree-supply/), specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. For more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOe3ZpFTjc8 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

BigTreeSupply.com: Tree Storage During Construction

By Nancy Penrose

Remodeling or construction projects can damage trees and bushes. Proper tree care during this time is very important. Any type of soil movement, including changes in grading, can weaken your plants and lead to root issues. Root damage can keep foliage from retaining water and critical supplements. The wellbeing of trees and shrubs can likewise be affected by the expansion of walkways, carports and yards.

It can take years for the damage to become obvious. Early leaf dropping, leaf yellowing, withering, less leaves and dead branches, alongside changes in blooming and seed generation, can be indications that your foliage has been harmed.

Before you start your project, inspect all of the foliage on your property. Identifying trees and bushes you might want to secure is very important. Direct pedestrian activity and equipment paths away from the foliage with fencing and signage. Also make sure any root systems are protected as well.

If you plan to plant new trees and bushes after the project is finished, you can shield the dirt from harm with layers of wood chips. The chips will minimize soil compaction, which can choke out roots.

Sometimes, the project may require the site to be cleared. Site clearing can bring about the loss of expensive and crucial plants. It can also cause remaining foliage to lose their sun and wind protection.

One solution to site clearing is evacuating and temporarily storing trees and bushes in another location until the project has been finished. We’ve stored trees and plants for up to three years.

Transporting big trees can require several people and different types of equipment. Properly preparing the root ball before the move is paramount. Root balls should be wrapped and attached accurately to avoid tree shock. Root balls can be 20 feet or more in width and more than 10 feet in depth.

Once the root ball has been wrapped, it should be kept damp, particularly if the tree is being transported to an area that is far away.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys (view Big Trees transplanting page at http://bigtreesupply.com/transplanting/), specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. For more tips on tree installation or care go to bigtreemover.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vVhNW1XJI and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Big Trees Inc. to Transplant Large Trees at University Village

Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/) a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, has been asked to help transplant several large trees at the campus of University Village. The busy shopping mall will benefit aesthetically from the larger trees.

Big Trees was asked to bring some trees to the campus of University Village and plant them into a bed where a previous tree had struggled. The planting bed is in a location where thousands of people pass every day, and the trees will help bring some life back to the busy location.

There are 3 large trees being requested for the new planting. One tree was a large 20’ tall by 18’ wide Japanese Maple that had been transplanted out of one of the principal owner’s properties and back to Big Tree’s nursery for storage until a use could be found for its beautiful size and structure. There was a need for two more trees, and the team involved chose two large ‘Pink Chimes’ Styrax trees from their nursery collection to use around the large Japanese Maple.

The project had to occur at night, as there is simply too much traffic in the day time. The trucks had to be parked at one end of the campus, and the trees had to be shuttled across the property to the planting bed, as there was no available parking for their large vehicles near the actual work area. The crew got the trees into position and planted in a manner that will help them thrive in what can be a bed with heavy ground water seeping up from time to time. There were additional soils added to lighten the density of the existing planting medium, and the trees were planted high on berms to help keep them out of possibly damp conditions.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, said, “The handling and execution of the process went very well that evening, and the trees look fantastic in their new home! We have had a long, terrific relationship with The University Village staff and property, and it’s very satisfying to drive through and see all the different trees we have handled and how things are cared for. It’s a positive partnership we look forward to maintaining far into the future.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/