Planning Your Landscape

By Nancy Penrose

Have you had ideas about what you want your yard to look like but didn’t know how to make those ideas a reality? Most homeowners have no experience with landscape design but everyone deserves to have the vision for their yard to become a reality.

Here’s how you can get a head start on designing your landscape. The tips in this article are not meant as a substitute for the steps needed for a professional landscape design plan. It is always recommended to have a specialist assist with finalizing and executing the design. But, you should have some basic knowledge under your belt so you can better visualize how you want your landscape to be. It can also help you work out your budget right from the start.

What is a Landscape Design?

A landscape design, or landscape plan, is a visual representation of an outdoor area. It uses scaled dimensions to accurately show the area and includes all relevant elements like trees, bushes, flower beds, grass or other turf, etc. It would also include the location of man-made elements like lawn furniture, a shed, fountains, concrete, a deck, etc.

How Do You Start Planning a Landscape?

A landscape plan starts with broad strokes – a basic outline of the area. You then gradually add in the elements you want to include. You would first draw the boundaries and major features of the entire property. Include the buildings, streets around the property, the lawn areas, the fences around the edges of garden areas, etc. You’ll want to note where north is on the design.

Then you would add in the existing features, specifically those that you can’t or don’t want to move in landscaping. This could include the location of walkways, rocks, water features, trees and shrubs. Use appropriate colors to differentiate these features.

Now start adding in new elements. You can show where you want to bring in new trees, shrubs or flowers. Draw in any walkways, pavers, decks, and planting beds. You can include lawn furniture, a shed, a gazebo, whatever fits the vision for how you want the landscape to look. You will have to compare this to the existing features, but your finished design plan should include just the elements that you want in your landscape.

We hope this helps get you started designing the yard you want!

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

Over 200 Large Trees Planted on Property

Tree Transplant Company Helps Bring Over 200 Trees Onto Property in Seattle

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com), a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, recently assisted a homeowner in Seattle with a very large project. The project involved bringing over 200 trees onto the property of a homeowner in Seattle. After careful planning and intensive work from both the company and the homeowner, the project was completed successfully with all parties very happy with the trees in their new home.

Big Trees was contacted by the homeowners of a large old estate in Seattle, located in a busy neighborhood. The homeowners were looking to plant a privacy screen of trees around the property to create an enclosed space of privacy. Initially requesting 100 12’ Leyland cypress trees to be planted, further planning and discussion caused the homeowner to change their plans. The homeowners found Big Trees were able to move some of the larger Rhododendrons and Camilias on the property. This was added to the scope of the work, along with planting 75 Yews and 30 Emerald Greens. With plans finalized, Big Trees began work on the now over 200 tree transplant project.

Prior to planting the trees, the homeowners cleared out large English Laurels and other miscellaneous shrubs and then rebuilt some of the concrete wall and surrounding planting beds. The planting space for the Leyland Cypresses was atop a tall retaining wall, requiring the use of a reach forklift to lift all of the trees up onto the wall. The Big Trees crew then hand carted each tree into place and successfully planted the large trees in place. “There is now a 12’ wall of ‘green’ surround the entire property that looks like it has been there for years,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees. “I love the instant impact these trees have made and the homeowner is ecstatic! The homeowners reached out to us over three years ago and there have been quite a few changes in the plan, but it has finally all come together.”

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

Tree Transplantation Company Gears Up for Spring

Big Trees Inc Advises Public on Best Ways to Enhance Their Landscape This Spring

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, recently released a statement about everything they are doing to help homeowners prepare their landscapes for spring by planting new trees. The company also gave their advice on the best trees to plant for spring but will also work well for any season.

Nancy Penrose, owner of the company, stated: “Spring has arrived! With longer days and warmer temperatures, trees are beginning to bud and flowers are popping with color. Planting in the spring allows trees and shrubs to develop their root systems before being tested by the hotter dryer summers. The spring planting season is underway and Big Trees inventory is fully stocked and ready!

“Big Trees has a wide array of varieties and color choices. Early flowering trees are the ornamental cherries, plums, pears, magnolias and crabapples. These trees are a fun reminder that winter is over, and spring and summer days are just ahead. Later flowering trees, like the stewartia, styrax, and dogwoods, are a nice touch in any yard. Since they flower later, the weather is usually a little better and the flowers tend to last longer. Having a yard designed in a way that has multi season interest can be easily achieved. Layering in trees that bloom early, late, and some that have fall color can give you lots of things to look forward to in your yard year-round.

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

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Spring Is Here!

By Nancy Penrose

Spring has arrived! With longer days and warmer temperatures, trees are beginning to bud and flowers are popping with color. Now is the perfect time to add to nature’s beauty and plant a tree in your yard.

Planting in the spring allows trees and shrubs to develop their root systems before being tested by the hotter dryer summers. The spring planting season is underway and Big Trees inventory is fully stocked and ready!

We always ensure we’re fully prepared for spring and this year is no exception. We have a wide array of varieties and color choices for trees suitable for transplanting. Here’s a breakdown of some excellent options for trees you can add to your yard.

Early flowering trees are the ornamental cherries, plums, pears, magnolias and crabapples. These trees are a fun reminder that winter is over, and spring and summer days are just ahead. Right away when you plant them, they will begin to brighten up your yard and the neighborhood around.

Later flowering trees, like the stewartia, styrax, and dogwoods, are a nice touch in any yard. Since they flower later, the weather is usually a little better and the flowers tend to last longer. Having a yard designed in a way that has multi season interest can be easily achieved.

Layering in trees that bloom early, late, and some that have fall color can give you lots of things to look forward to in your yard year-round. Maples, Ash and Oaks are just a few of the trees that burst with color in the fall and make great additions to the landscape.

If privacy is what you need, Big Trees offers a variety of different kinds of evergreen trees to fit in various sized planting areas. Big Trees can help you choose a screening tree that gives you immediate privacy now but won’t outgrow your planting space.

You can consult with your tree care specialist to determine the optimal trees and the optimal locations for planting in your yard. We’ll help you find the trees that are right for what you want to do with your landscape. With the right trees and appropriate tree care, your yard will look beautiful for years to come.

Spring is one of our favorite seasons. It’s bursting with beauty and new growth. Take advantage of the season and take the time to plant a tree in your yard!

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

Things to Know Before Transplanting a Tree

By Nancy Penrose

There are a number of things to know before deciding to transplant a tree. Whether you want to move a new tree onto your property, want to transplant a tree off property, or need to move a tree from one location to another, you will need to know about these things and possibly consult with a specialist on them to ensure it is done safely and successfully.

Here are some of the essential things to know about when transplanting a tree

  • Check your local regulations.

You will need to be aware of and in compliance with all local regulations before transplanting a tree. Digging a hole for a new tree to go in without first ensuring you aren’t going to dig up any pipes or live wires, for example, would be very unsafe. Ensure you meet all local regulations. Get assistance from your local tree transplant specialists if you have any difficulty finding all the information you need to know.

  • Assessing the tree.

First you will need to evaluate the tree that is going to be moved. The size of the tree, species of the tree and health of the tree are important factors to keep in mind.

How big is the tree? A small tree or shrub (such as one under 3 feet tall and 1 inch or less in diameter) is much easier to move than a larger tree. The larger and older the tree, the more likely it is you will need to call in a specialist. There are two reasons for this. One is that any tree needs enough of its roots to be transplanted along with it. When transplanting a tree one of the steps is to gather up what is called a “rootball” of the tree’s roots. This needs to be approximately 10-12 inches of diameter of root ball for every inch of trunk. So assessing the size of the tree to be moved is an essential first step in determining how easy the move will be.

What type of tree is it? Different species of trees have different environmental needs. You will need to understand if the tree is going to be able to thrive in the location you’re moving it into. Different species of trees grow to different sizes, both in terms of their canopy and their root systems. Ensuring there is enough space for the tree to grow into is essential.

  • When do you move the tree?

There are different seasons where it is inadvisable to move a tree. Planting a tree in summer is generally problematic since the warmer weather conditions put more stress on the tree. When moving a tree it needs time to adjust to its new location, and put on new root-growth. The ideal time to transplant a tree in the Pacific Northwest is between October and March while the tree is still dormant.  This also gives the tree sufficient time to grow into its new location and be ready for the more severe heat of summer.

  • Pruning.

Not everyone knows that some roots are more responsible for bringing in water to the trunk than others. The large roots closer to the trunk bring in less water than the many small feeder roots at its edges. Root pruning right before transplanting a tree helps the tree to stimulate growing new feeder roots near the trunk. This is essential for the early stages of a tree adjusting to a new area. Consult a tree care specialist for assistance on this if needed.

  • Water.

A tree needs a lot of water and this is also important before and after transplanting. Water the soil the day before. This will serve to soften the ground and reduce the stress on the plant roots. When the tree is moved to the new location, it will need a lot of water to help it acclimate.

While there are many more steps involved, these are a few of the essential things you will need to know when planning out transplanting a tree.

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

Tree Transplant Company Acquires Heavy New Machinery

Big Trees Inc. Acquires New Equipment for Increasing Ease of Moving Very Large Trees

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://www.bigtreesupply.com), a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, recently had a major upgrade to the equipment they use for tree transplants. The company acquired a Toro Dingo TX 1000, a heavy-duty machine capable of carrying large trees through more narrow spaces. This will expand Big Trees’ ability to move larger trees into smaller yards, or yards with limited access into them.

A common problem when transplanting a large tree is having enough access to a landscape site. In the past, Big Trees has sometimes had trouble getting trees into a back yard as this could require at least 6 feet of clearance for the large tree transplant machinery to get through. Sometimes the only solutions are choosing smaller trees for the site or selecting a different site. The Toro Dingo TX 1000 is capable of lifting large caliper trees, all while fitting through a standard 36” gate. This allows them to get larger trees in yards even if access is limited.

“My business has much to do about ‘instant gratification’ and not having to wait for trees to grow to provide the screening or aesthetic wanted,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees. “Until now, we have been limited in our abilities to get larger trees into people’s yards. A typical gate is 42” wide and not everybody is willing or able to take down fence panels to create the access we need. Now, we can get right through the gate! I am really looking forward to be able to offer even more options to our customer’s now.”

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

21 Memorial Trees Relocated in Somber Ceremony

Tree Transplant Company Moves 21 Memorial Trees for Community

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (www.bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, was recently contacted to explore the feasibility and survivability of moving twenty-one 10’ cedar trees. Big Trees inspected the area and was able to assist in moving the trees to their new location. The community expressed their thanks for Big Trees role in helping to keep the legacy of these memorial trees, which were planted to represent the 21 families who lost lives in a massive mudslide in March of 2014.

Big Trees came to the area where the 21 cedar trees were planted and inspected the area, determining that the trees were acceptable candidates for a safe transplant. The company liaised with the local county and the family members to arrange the moving date for January 11th. Unfortunately, when that date came a snow storm arrived making it necessary to move the date to January 24th and 25th, which turned out to be dry and clear days.

The trees were all numbered 1-21, as were the new planting locations. Big Trees spent the first day digging up the trees and carving out large rootballs to ensure survivability. They also dug out the receiving holes at the space where the trees were being moved to. On the second day all of the trees were moved and replanted.

The day was both somber and celebratory for everyone involved.  The bare slope of the massive slide is visible from the site and a constant reminder of the devastation that happened that day back in 2014.  There were a lot of powerful emotions for everybody involved – the Big Trees crew, the Snohomish County representatives and the family members who were present.

“I love being involved in projects like these,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.  “These trees had been planted to memorialize the loss of one’s life and when it was discovered that the trees needed to be moved, there was such a high degree of sentiment that this had to be done successfully and respectfully.  I am so glad everything went well and was a positive experience for all involved.”

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

Caring for a Newly Transplanted Tree

By Nancy Penrose

Transplanting a tree is an operation that requires experience and care. Being able to transplant the tree is only a small part of the job. Knowing if a tree is a good candidate for transplant, knowing how to safely dig the rootball and transport the tree, and knowing how to plant the tree in its new location are all points that are essential for ensuring that the tree will thrive in its new home.

But that is only the beginning. A lot goes into caring for a newly transplanted tree to ensure it makes it. Here are a few of the things to know when caring for a newly transplanted tree.

A newly transplanted tree needs regulated irrigation. The goal is to keep the soil around the roots moist (not soaked, as that isn’t good for the tree). In general, a newly planted or transplanted tree needs 1 gallon of water per 1 caliper (trunk diameter) per day during the growing season (April – October.)  Meaning, if you have a 2” caliper tree, it needs 2 gallons of water per day.  Trees do NOT need to be watered during the dormant months (typically October-March.)

Another important point to remember with a newly transplanted tree is mulch. Laying down mulch helps any tree (when done correctly) and can be vital for a newly transplanted one. You want to create a sort of “donut” around the base of the tree, putting down mulch 4-6 inches away from the base of the tree. The mulch should be about 2-4 inches deep. This helps keep in moisture, as well as trap heat below the surface during winter.

You don’t want to heavily prune the tree during the first year or so. The branches need time to grow and excessive pruning will stunt their growth. Keep pruning to just removing visibly damaged or dead branches. Pruning after the first year becomes very important for maintaining the tree’s health, but in the first year it should be avoided.

If you have any questions or observe something that concerns you about a newly transplanted tree, contact a tree care specialist. At Big Trees we’ve helped many people who have had questions about how to care for their newly transplanted trees. The last thing any homeowner wants is to have something threaten the life of a young tree, but thankfully with some proactive care a tree can thrive and remain as a beautiful part of a home’s landscape!

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

Specimen Japanese Maple Saved and Moved to Permanent Location

Tree Transplantation Company Helps Save Specimen Japanese Maple

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (www.bigtreesupply.com) was recently asked to move a large, mature Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’ Lionshead Japanese maple from a property in North Seattle to the Washington Park Arboretum. The tree was being donated to the Arboretum as it had outgrown its current location. Big Trees checked the site, determined what would be needed for the transplant and was able to successfully transplant the tree to its new home.

In Big Trees’ experience, it is a common problem that trees planted years or even decades earlier will outgrow their spaces. One of Big Trees services is to transplant trees, moving them to another location in the same yard, bringing the trees back to their nursery to rehome, or moving them to another property. The company has also found that there are many reasons why trees may not be a good candidate for transplanting. One of the biggest reasons is if the site doesn’t afford access to where the tree is located or to where the tree is slated to go. Another is if the tree is too close to a house, sidewalk, or other structure that prohibits digging a large enough rootball to ensure the tree’s survival. If these factors can be handled then the tree can be moved safely.

When Big Trees was asked to inspect this Lionshead maple they found it had no major impediments and was a great candidate for transplanting. Big Trees spent the first day digging and securing the rootball. Then the canopy was tied up and the tree was ready to be lifted. The second day they used a 10,000lb reach forklift to remove the tree, load it onto a flatbed and tie it down to move it across town to the Arboretum. The receiving hole was pre-dug by the staff at the Arboretum and when the tree arrived, it was carefully rigged, lifted and unloaded. Once the tree was in the hole and turned the way the Arboretum staff wanted, all rigging, burlap and ropes were removed prior to finishing the planting. The rootball was then top dressed with mulch and the transplant was complete.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated the following on the successful transplant: “I love projects like these. A local community member appreciated the value and beauty of this specimen maple and went through the expense and effort to find a permanent home for it. How cool is that? They now have a new tree that looks as if it has been growing there for decades and it’s there to greet people as they come to visit the Japanese Garden in the Arboretum.”

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

Tree Transplant Company Helps Move Heirloom Trees

Big Trees Helps Family Move Special Trees to New Home

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (www.bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and transplant company in the Seattle area, recently was contacted by a family looking to move trees with special sentimental value to two new homes. This prevented the trees from being bulldozed when their previous house was sold. Big Trees came in and, despite potential complications, was able to move the trees successfully to their new homes.

Big Trees was contacted recently to move some specimen Hydrangea plants. Two sisters contacted Big Trees to see if they could move six (6) large Hydrangea plants from the home they grew up in to each of their homes. The sisters grew up in this family home that they have owned since the early 70s in Seattle. Their mother passed away in 2008 but their father lived there until 2020 when he passed on. They just recently sold the home, but part of the sale included the removal of six 7-8′ Specimen Hydrangeas. Both parents were avid gardeners, the large Hydrangeas being some of their favorite plants.

Not wanting to lose the trees, the sisters called in Big Trees to help save them by having them moved to their new homes. Four plants were to go to a home in Snohomish and two plants were to go to a home in Bothell. A potential complication came up when Big Trees arrived at the site, only to find that there was no equipment access to get to the trees. Big Trees proceeded to hand dig the trees and wrestle them out with a hand cart. The transplant was successful and the trees were moved to their new homes.

After reinstallation in their new homes, the sisters said, “Thank you so much for helping bring a bit of our mom and dad home. It’s nice to have a part of mom and dad here now.”
“I love projects like this,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees. “It’s so satisfying not only to save plants that would otherwise have been bulldozed but help with the grieving process and leave a permanent memory of somebody’s loved ones.”

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