Big Trees Inc Helps Restore Landscape in Stanwood Park

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, was contacted recently by a community in Stanwood, WA where a homeowner had cleared some large evergreen trees, including incorrectly clearing those on an adjacent park.

A homeowner had taken it upon himself to clear large evergreens from his property in order to improve the view and in turn increase the value of the property he was putting up for sale. His plan worked and the property sold. Unfortunately, some of the trees were removed from a park on Tribal Lands, and when discovered after the sale of the house, the HOA (not the previous homeowner) was responsible for replacing these trees.

In October, Big Trees installed four 16-18’ Douglas Fir trees in the park, in order to reestablish some of the native landscape that had been removed.

“These types of things happen more than you would think,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.  “If you are going to remove trees, you have to be sure you know exactly where your property lines are!”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or  https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

 

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Nine Great Privacy Trees for Your Landscape

By Nancy Penrose

A privacy tree is typically an evergreen or broadleaf tree that can be planted strategically in one’s yard, creating privacy for outdoor spaces, blocking out neighbors, and screening decks and windows.

Here are nine trees that will dramatically improve the privacy of your property.

Emerald Green Arborvitae

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of the most popular and dependable screening trees for the pacific northwest. They are often planted in rows to create a natural fence. The Emerald Green is a dense evergreen that maintains its deep green color all year. Because of its columnar growth habit, and limited spread, the Emerald Green is an appropriate selection for narrow planting spaces or to border property lines. The dense and columnar growth habit of Emerald Greens means they require little maintenance or pruning, eventually forming a low maintenance solid hedge. Emeralds can easily be sheared back to limit their spread and the tops can be trimmed to create uniform heights. If left to their natural growth pattern, Emeralds ultimate height and width is typically 3’ wide by 15-18’ tall, but is slow growing, gaining approximately 6-8” per year.

Excelsa Cedar

A cultivar of our native Western Red Cedar, the Excelsa makes an excellent screening tree. It is known to maintain its density and symmetrical form without reaching such an enormous mature size. It is fast growing, gaining 2-3’ per year, but topping out around 25-30’ in height and 12-15’ in width. Excelsas tolerate hedging and shearing to maintain their growth and overall size.

Leyland Cypress

The Leyland Cypress is an excellent choice for a fast growing, large screening tree. Its growth rate and mature size is often underestimated when it is young as it can be thin in its early stages. Growing up to three to four feet each year the Leyland Cypress fills in quickly. The Leyland requires little maintenance as long as you have adequate space for the tree at maturity. Left to its natural growth habit, these trees can reach 40’ in height and 15-20’ in width. Leyland Cypress can also be used as a hedge as they do tolerate shearing to control growth and overall size but requires long term and regular maintenance.  This is NOT a good choice for small planting spaces.

Green Giant

Green Giant is a vigorously growing, pyramidal evergreen with rich green color. It has no serious pest or disease problems and has been widely grown and tested in commercial nursery production. Green Giant is an excellent substitute for Leyland cypress if you have limited planting space and do not want a high maintenance tree.
They are a good choice if you need screening higher than 15’, but don’t have a lot of width to work with.  It’s a fast growing tree, gaining 1-2’ per year, topping out at 30-35’, and 8-10’ in width.  These trees tend to fill-in and become more dense as they get older/taller and can tolerate shearing as well.

Virescens Cedar

Many Thujas will bronze or brown slightly in winter, but Virescens truly maintains a vibrant green color year-round. The other noteworthy characteristic is the upright growth habit. It grows to be more narrow (20-30’ tall by 10-12’ wide) than the species, which makes it ideal for hedging as it tends to naturally grow into a hedge with minimal pruning. It can also be pruned less intensively for a more casual appearance. Either way, it will form a thick, dense screen that provides privacy and muffles noise. It will tolerate both full sun and partial shade, and has noted deer resistance, which gives it a huge advantage over Thuja occidentalis (a deer favorite).

English Laurel

A large evergreen shrub with dense, erect branches and brilliant green foliage. In spring, it has fragrant white flowers and fruit that attracts birds. A popular choice for formally pruned hedges, group plantings or privacy screens. English Laurel are fast growing, gaining 1-2’ a year in height and can get 20’ tall and 12-15’ wide.  They are great screening choice if your yard has the space for their growth, but are an annual pruning project to keep them sheared. English Laurel tolerates both shade and salt spray.

Compact English Laurel

A slower growing, dense shrub with glossy green leaves and white flower spikes in the spring. It takes full shade to full sun with a moist, well-drained, acidic soil. This is a good plant for hedging and will respond to shearing.  The ultimate height and width is 10’ by 10’.

Schipka Laurel

Similar to the English Laurel, but with a slightly narrower leaf and smaller mature size.  Schipka Laurels are a good alternative to the English for smaller planting spaces or a wish for less maintenance.  Their ultimate height and width is12-15’ by 8-10’. The Schipka tolerates shearing, salt spray and shade.  

Portugal Laurel

Prunus lusitanica is a bushy, evergreen shrub or tree with a dark green leaf. The leaf size is much smaller than that of Prunus laurocerasus. Portugal Laurel has reddish new shoots (stems) that look attractive against the dark green leaves. If left untrimmed, it produces masses of small fragrant white flowers in early summer followed by small red to dark purple fruits. The Portugal Laurel can get 20’ tall by 15’ wide, but will take to shearing.  Another good plant for shady areas.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Big Trees Inc Helps Save Tree in Urban Development

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, was recently contacted by a developer to help them save a tree and consequently move them forward with their building permits.

An old building in downtown Seattle was purchased by a developer who had plans to demolish and rebuild a new building.  In front of the building was a 15’ palm tree that the city was requiring to be saved in order to move forward with the project.

Big Trees was contacted to assess the tree and survivability rate if moved.  The tree was located in the planting strip in front of the building, surrounded by street and sidewalk.  After meeting with the developer and explaining what was needed to be done in order to remove the tree safely, a plan was put in place.  All of the concrete surrounding the tree was removed and fortunately, there weren’t any underground utilities in the area.

The developer had all the preparation done prior to Big Trees arrival, including providing parking for trucks and trailers, street use permits and traffic control.  Consequently, the tree was dug, rigged, loaded onto a flatbed and planted temporarily in the Big Trees nursery all in one day.

Big Trees will store the tree until fall of 2024 when the new building is slated to be completed and replant the tree per the City’s requirements.

“I know it can be a hassle for developers to deal with city tree requirements, but there are very good reasons they should be trying to save the trees they can,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.  “In the past developers tended to meet these requirements begrudgingly, or even ignore them altogether and just pay a fine.  Today, it feels more and more that the developers want to do their part to not just minimize negative environmental impact, but improve upon it.  It’s win-win for everybody if a tree can be saved and reused.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or  https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

 

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

How to Choose a Tree Nursery

By Nancy Penrose

So you want to get a tree planted in your landscape to gain the benefits of shade, beauty, temperature reduction and more. How do you select a tree nursery? What are the most important points to look for?

Both new and experienced gardeners rely upon a well-run and informative nursery for all their tree and landscaping needs. Picking a tree nursery that is reputable and has healthy zone appropriate trees can be the key to a successful landscaping project.

  • They should have a wide selection of trees for you to look at. The selection should include privacy trees, fall colors trees, deciduous, evergreen, flowering, and specimen trees.
  • They have both young and mature trees for you to choose from, and can transplant either from their nursery to your landscape, including large trees.
  • They are knowledgeable about trees and can advise you on the best selection for your situation.
  • They know and can advise you on what trees work best in your part of the country.
  • They can tell you the size and growth rate of different trees, plus their preference in how much light and water they need.
  • They have a good reputation in the community.
  • Ideally they have a website that has information on a wide variety of trees, including pictures, plus info on size and growth rate, light and water needs, fall colors for deciduous trees, and flower characteristics.

Good luck on your tree planting projects.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

7 Great “Specimen” Trees for Your Landscape

A “specimen” tree is defined as a tree chosen as a point of focus in a landscape. It usually has an unusual shape, texture, color or other feature that distinguishes it from other trees and shrubs in your landscape.

Here are 7 great specimen trees that could provide the perfect focus of attention in your yard.

Japanese Maple
Japanese maple trees can provide a striking focal point in your landscape. They are generally grown for their attractive foliage and shape. Mature trees are up to 25’ tall and 25’ wide. There are hundreds of Japanese maple varieties that come in various sizes with a large assortment of leaf shapes and colors.  The leaves are typically red or green in the spring and summer, and then fade before their fall color explodes to bright red, yellow or orange.  Add some up lighting down below to really accentuate the branch structure at night.

Korean Dogwood
Cornus kousa, commonly called Kousa dogwood, is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 15-30’ tall, with a vase-shaped habit in the early years but eventually maturing to a more rounded form. Bloom occurs in late spring or early summer. The showy parts of the Kousa dogwood “flower” (3-5” across) are the four narrowly pointed petal-like white bracts which surround the center cluster of insignificant, yellowish-green, true flowers.  Varieties have either pink or off-white flowers.

Acer Palmatum Dissectum
This round, mound-forming, deciduous Japanese maple has many qualities that make it an excellent garden plant, including a sculptural form, deeply cut foliage, arching shoots, and orange to bright red autumn color. Often, the branch structure can be stunning – making it a beautiful tree even in the winter.

Crape Myrtle
The Crape Myrtle is known for its striking summer flowers and handsome bark.  There are many different kinds of varieties, but the average height is 10-25’ and width 15-20’.  Flower colors range in shades of pink, red, lavender or white and fall color ranges from yellow to orange to red.  The exfoliating bark as it peels, bares handsome shades of brown and grey.  Up lighting will really accentuate this at night!

Parrotia
The Parrotia tree’s main feature is its fall color.  Typically, they are a vibrant mix of yellow, orange and red all at the same time. It has small maroonish, reddish flowers in spring, but not very significant.  The Parrotia can get 30’ tall and 15-20’ wide.  It’s a very hardy tree and pest resistant as well.  They come in single trunk and multi-trunk.

Stewartia Pseudocamillia
The Stewartia ‘Pseudocamillia’ tree is a beautiful, deciduous tree with green leaves, early summer flowers, a mix of fall color and stunning patchwork bark with cream and brown colors.  The flowers are white and camellia shaped and the fall colors range from yellow to orange to red – often all at the same time. They like damp, well-draining soils and are suitable to smaller gardens.  A full sun scenario can lead to leaf tip burn, so pick a partially sunny area in your yard, and up light it to show off the bark.

Ginkgo
The Ginkgo is one of the oldest living tree species in the world, dating back before even dinosaurs roamed the earth.  It’s a slow growing tree known mainly for its fall color.  They have distinctive fan shaped green leaves that turn a bright yellow in the fall.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

When is the Best Time to Plant a Tree?

By Nancy Penrose

Knowing how and when to plant trees is crucial to their success. In the Pacific Northwest, the optimal time for planting is October – April.  However, planting outside of this window can be successful too, so long as the trees are planted correctly and have the proper irrigation in place.  

Fall is typically considered by many the best time of year to plant new trees. Usually, late September, October and November are the best months. The conditions you’re looking for are when the hottest summer days are gone but the ground isn’t frozen yet. In the Pacific Northwest, rarely is the ground frozen enough to prevent planting.  December, January and February can also be great planting months as well.

Why should I plant a tree in fall?

In fall there is less chance of drought or hot sun scorching a fragile, newly-planted tree. The cooler temperatures help encourage new root growth, which is vital. Trees actually focus on growing new roots in fall, so planting new trees at that time helps them develop stronger roots. The more time a tree has to establish roots, the more quickly the tree will grow and the better life it will have overall.

Planting in the fall gives trees an extra growing season before the stress of hot summer conditions. The cooler temperatures plus the fall rain allows trees to establish roots, making it easier on them to survive to extreme summer heat or drought.

Many people think that young trees can’t withstand the winter. However, that’s not true. Trees go into a dormant state in the winter, basically like hibernation. This state slows down the tree’s growth and metabolism. It’s safe to plant trees until the ground is frozen solid. Even after snow starts, if you can stick a shovel into the soil, it’s okay to plant. When trees are dormant, they usually don’t require any extra care.

Is fall the best time to plant a tree in all states?

Climate is the important factor when determining the best time of year to plant trees. Seasonal weather determines the best planting time. Trees need adequate time to establish roots, especially in areas with hot, dry summers. A good rule of thumb is to plant your tree at least 4-6 weeks before either the extreme conditions of winter or summer are expected in your area

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Big Trees Inc Helps Family to Move Tree with Sentimental Attachments

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, helped a family who needed to move a tree that had sentimental attachments for the family.

The family had planted a beautiful Japanese Maple in their mother’s memory years ago, and scattered her ashes under the rootball when the tree was planted. Then a few months ago, the father of the family passed away and the family needed to sell the house where the tree was planted.

The family contacted Big Trees to see if they would be able to move the tree to their daughter’s house, and it needed to be done in the next few weeks as the house had already sold.  “Moving trees during the summer months is not ideal,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.  “Fortunately, Big Trees has methods to move trees successfully even outside of the dormant months.”

Big Trees set up a day to treat the tree with Rootzone, an anti-desiccant, that puts the tree in a temporary dormant state while the tree is dug up. The following day, Big Trees arrived and hand dug the tree, drum-lacing the rootball and making it large and secure enough to move it safely. Unfortunately, the new planting area was not quite ready so Big Trees brought the tree back to their nursery to store for a week until the new planting area was ready.

The tree was then replanted, scattering their father’s ashes underneath, and now sits in its new permanent home with the husband and wife reunited forever.

“These are the most meaningful jobs for us,” said Nancy.  “Our entire crew knew the situation and worked very hard to make sure the process was seamless.  The tree looks as if has been there for years and everyone involved was pleased with the outcome of a difficult situation.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Picking the Right Spot to Plant a Tree in Your Yard

By Nancy Penrose

Trees add beauty and value to yards, streets, and communities. However, deciding where to plant a tree is an important decision. Choosing the right spot will add to the value of the home, whereas choosing the wrong spot can become a nuisance or liability.

Tree placement

Before you plant, it’s important to know the tree’s height at maturity, as well as its crown spread and root space. Trees often require more space than you think. When in doubt, ask a local tree supplier or local nursery how much space (vertical and horizontal) is needed to keep your tree healthy and your structures safe.

Space for the tree to grow to its expected height and width both above and underground has to be taken into consideration. Some types of trees can develop very quickly. Poor placement can bring growing roots or branches too close to systems (water, sewage lines, sprinkler systems), driveways or sidewalks.

A tree’s root spread is often much larger than its canopy spread, so always allow for plenty of clearance. Before planting, it’s important to be aware of overhead power lines and underground utility lines.

Contact your local power, water, and gas companies before you select a spot for your tree. There are almost certainly cables, wires, and pipes buried in your yard, and you can risk serious injury or costly repairs if you cut into one of these while digging. Each utility should be willing to come out for free and mark off where its equipment and lines are located.

Many troubles can come by not deciding on the right tree location for planting are:

  • Damage to houses through cracked foundations, leaves in gutters, or abrasion of tree limbs hitting the residence
  • Cracked pavement of sidewalks, driveways, porches, and patios
  • Sewer drains or septic tanks clogged or broken by way of roots
  • Blocking scenic views or windows.
  • Blocking street signs from view of cars

Think seasonally

What’s going on in your yard in the spring can be drastically different than in the fall or winter. Thinking seasonally will help you plant your tree with its best interests in mind throughout the entire year.

Fruit or Sap

Will the tree drop messy fruit or sap on sidewalks or driveways? A fruit tree near the sidewalk will require a lot of regular, messy cleanup. Planting a pine tree near the driveway can mean your car will be covered in sap certain times of the year, which can be difficult to get off.

Sunlight

Some trees need and are more tolerant of light than others. Some trees need lots of direct sunlight whereas others need more shade.

Lower Utility Costs

Consider planting trees to lower utility costs. If your yard is big enough, plant three large trees, one each on the west, east, and north sides of your house. These locations can help shade your house in the summer and block wind in the winter. These benefits can result in as much as a 50% reduction in energy costs.

Shade

Plant your tree where it will provide shade for any outdoor equipment or activities, such as playground sets, grills, outdoor eating areas, and decks.

Ask the Right Questions

We recommend that you speak to a local tree specialist to help determine what type of tree would work best in your area. Ask things like how much space (vertical and horizontal) will the tree take up at maturity, and how much space is needed to keep your tree healthy and your structures safe, and how much sun and water it will need.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Big Trees Inc Helps Homeowner Out of a Jam

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, helped a homeowner who had accidentally burned down a row of trees in his yard, a week away from selling his home. He was weed burning out in his front yard and caught an entire row of Arborvitae on fire.  If that wasn’t bad enough, he had been cleaning and weeding because he was putting his house on the market in 7 days!

In desperation, the homeowner called Big Trees and although the company had the trees he needed, their crews were booked out 4 weeks.  The homeowner was not able to plant the trees himself and it being the peak of landscape season, couldn’t find any landscapers available either.

When Nancy, the owner of Big Trees heard about the situation, she took a look at the schedule and was able to move a few jobs around to make this one work.  Within four days of his initial phone call, the homeowner had a whole new row of trees planted and the house went up on the market as planned!

“Thank you once again so much for the heroic effort you put in here.  You saved us and I think you got a couple of referrals out of it because our realtor was blown away that somebody could fix this so quickly,” said the homeowner.

“Big Trees has heard some crazy stories over the years and we relish the fun and challenge of trying to help people out when they’re really stuck in a bind,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Planting and Care of Trees in a City Environment

By Nancy Penrose

Approximately 80% of Americans live in cities, and are not regularly exposed to natural areas like forests. This makes trees extremely important in an urban environment, for providing shade, removing air pollution, reducing stormwater runoff, and giving recreational benefits and providing beauty. Consider these facts:

  • Trees, if properly placed, can reduce heating and cooling costs by 10-20%, 10-15 years after planting.
  • Trees reduce asphalt temperatures by up to 36° F and vehicle interior temperatures by 47° F.
  • Home sale prices for houses with trees tend to be 3.5% to 4.5 higher than similar properties with no trees.
  • Consumers rate retail establishments up to 80% higher in retail districts with trees and other landscaping.
  • Recuperation rates are faster with patients who had window views of a wooded landscape.

 

But urban landscapes can be hard on trees. The average life expectancy of a tree in a downtown urban street is just 13 years, while trees in rural areas can live up to 100 years or more. Common causes of urban tree damage can include:

  • Damage to trees from nearby construction
  • Trees planted in too small an area
  • Poor, compacted soils
  • Damage during maintenance of utilities or sidewalks
  • Not enough watering
  • Polluted air

 

What can you do to help trees planted in an urban environment last longer?

  • Select a good site. The planting site should have at least two cubic feet of usable soil for every one square foot of expected mature canopy). Consider whether the location will create any potential conflicts with existing trees.
  • Improve the site conditions if necessary. You may need to apply compost, peat, lime or other material to improve soil drainage and fertility of the soil.
  • Choose the right tree species. It’s vital to select trees that are appropriate for your climate and soil conditions. A tree specialist can tell you what trees will work best in your environment.
  • Use proper planting techniques. Planting a tree is not difficult, but it must be done correctly to ensure tree health.
  • Proper tree care is vital. It is important to properly care for the tree after planting, including mulching and watering. But not too much mulching. Spread 2-4″ of mulch underneath the tree and keep it 1-2″ away from the base of the trunk.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., 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 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 https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or https://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com