Top Tree Care Tips for Winter

By Nancy Penrose

As you’re getting ready for winter, you’ll probably want to ensure you have enough warm clothes, snow tires for your car and other common sense things to ensure you’re prepared for the colder months. But how about your trees? Are they prepared for winter?
Winter can be a hard time for trees. Particularly for younger trees, if they aren’t cared for properly they can sustain damage that is hard to recover from. In the worst case scenario, the tree might not make it. So, knowing how to care for your trees, particularly younger trees, is very important to ensure they have the best chance of coming into spring healthy.
Here are our top tips for caring for your trees this winter.

Pruning

Winter is an ideal time to prune your trees. In particular, you don’t want to prune too early. Pruning your trees once they have entered dormancy is important for several reasons. Pruning a tree BEFORE it enters dormancy encourages it to grow during the winter season, which is bad for the tree. Pruning a tree AFTER it enters dormancy is ideal.
When pruning your tree you want to focus on removing dead, dying, diseased or otherwise damaged branches. If you aren’t sure about which branches need to be pruned, or if you’re not sure how to do it without injuring the tree, it’s best to contact a tree care professional for assistance.

Watering

During the winter months you don’t need to water your trees.  Be sure to turn your irrigation off and bring any timers that are on your hosebibs inside at the first threat of freeze.  When threat of freeze has passed (typically late March or early April) put new batteries in your timers and then set them up again.

Mulch

Mulch is important all year round, but especially in winter! It helps seal in the natural warmth from the ground as well as the moisture the tree needs in order to survive.
To optimally use mulch, cover the soil around the base of the tree in a 3-5 inch layer of mulch. You actually want to start a few inches away from the trunk of the tree and then extend the mulch about 2 feet. Starting the mulch right up against the trunk can cause too much moisture to be trapped in the roots which leads to decay and some diseases.

Protection from Freezing

If you have a particularly vulnerable tree, like a very young tree or one that was recently transplanted, you will want to consider some protection from freezing. You can cover a tree with burlap or a tree-friendly tarp. This can help keep the earth’s naturally accumulated warmth. If the weather drops below freezing, you’ll want to be prepared to protect your more vulnerable trees.

Animals

Winter is a time where rodents may try to seek shelter in your trees. They will also seek to forage for scarce food. All of this can cause damage to your trees and must be handled rapidly when it comes up. Check for this fairly frequently and set out traps if you see them. You can also call an animal control specialist to help get rid of any pests/rodents that are persistent.
Following these common sense tips can go a long way to keeping your trees healthy and able to survive through to spring. If you also consult a tree care specialist as needed, your trees will have an excellent chance of continuing to thrive for many years, no matter how frightful the weather is.

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 Company Hired to Plant 500 Trees on One Property

Large Tree Transplant Job Successfully Completed in Northwest Washington State

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), a tree transplant company in the Seattle area, was recently contacted for a job of planting new trees around a large property. In total, Big Trees ended up planting over 500 trees around the landscape.

The homeowners had owned their 20-acre property for over 40 years. However, trouble started when a neighboring piece of property was sold to developers. The neighboring property had previously been full of native growth and there had never been problems. But with the property sold, the land had been almost completely cleared of growth to make way for development of 300 new homes. The result was that very little growth was left between the homeowner’s piece and the new development.

The homeowners were concerned as the noise from the construction crews was disruptive, and construction was predicted to take 2 years to complete. What used to be a peaceful, private environment for these homeowners literally disappeared almost overnight. The homeowners called Big Trees to come in to resolve the situation by installing layers of new trees which would provide both a visual privacy screen, and effectively cancel out the noise.

Big Trees installed layers of different trees, mostly Laurels and Cedars of different varieties. The trees are of fast-growing varieties, with the result that it won’t be long before privacy is completely restored. “The noise of the construction is still there,” said the homeowner, “but it is reduced and the larger cedars are already covering up the new roads and structures.”

“We met onsite with the homeowner and picked strategic places in front of windows to plant larger cedars and create instant privacy,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.
“After we had those in place, we filled in the other areas with layers of Excelsa Cedars and Laurels. We used different heights to create a more natural look. In 5 years, you won’t even know there is a large new neighborhood behind them!”

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

The Best Ornamental Trees for Washington

By Nancy Penrose

Many trees have different purposes, such as providing shade, a pop of color, or providing a privacy screen for the yard. There are some trees, however, which stand out as specimen trees, celebrated for adding beauty to the whole area around them. These beautiful trees make stunning and unique additions to any yard.

Here are our picks for our favorite ornamental trees that add great beauty to any landscape:

Stewartia ‘pseudocamellia’

This beautiful deciduous tree has green leaves in the spring and then a mix of reds, yellows and orange in the fall. Early summer produces camellia shaped white flowers.  The bark is a stunning patchwork of cream and brown colors that look fantastic year round with uplighting. It likes damp, well-draining soils and is suitable to smaller gardens. The books say ultimate height can be 40-50’ but they are very slow growing and more average heights are 20-25’.

Styrax japonica, Japanese Snowbell

This graceful tree is native to Japan.  The snowbell has lightly fragranced white bell- shaped flowers that bloom in late spring.  It has strong horizontal branches and a rounded crown. Typically, they grow to 20-30’ tall and wide, but slowly, making them a wonderful choice for a compact tree.

Cornus kousa, Korean Dogwood

This dogwood is a small vase-shaped tree that will reach 20-25’ tall. Eventually maturing to a more rounded form at maturity. In late spring it has a prolific off-white star-shaped blooms.  In the summer the layered branches create nice green leaves that are great for shade.  In the fall the leaves turn a bright red and it also has a bright red berry.  Even in the winter the jigsaw like bark offers seasonal interest.

Cornus florida, Florida pink flowering dogwood

This tree grows 20-30’ tall, often low-branching, broadly pyramidal but somewhat flat-topped canopy. It arguably may be the most beautiful of the native American flowering trees. It is native all the way from Maine to southern Ontario, to Illinois and Kansas and down south to Florida, Texas and Mexico. It’s one of the first trees to blossom in the spring, and in the fall the distinctive and beautiful pink-red leaves play a big role in this tree becoming such a show-stopper.

Acer Palmatum dissectum, Laceleaf Japanese Maple

This round, weeping deciduous tree has many qualities that make it an excellent garden plant, including a sculpted form, deeply cut foliage, arching shoots, and depending on the variety, fall colors ranging from bright orange to deep red. These trees have beautiful winter interest with their distinctive trunk structure.  Growing only to 8-10 ‘tall, this delicate looking and very distinctive tree is sure to attract attention for its natural beauty.

Acer palmatum (Upright) Japanese Maple

No list of the best ornamental trees would be complete without the Japanese Maple. There are many sub-cultivars of Japanese maples to choose from.  Some can be broad while others are more narrow.  Some are a purple leaf in the summer and others are green.  They can also have a wide range of fall colors from yellow to bright red. These trees will stun with their natural beauty all year round.  Ultimate height on average is 15-20’ tall.

Parrotia persica, Vanessa Persian Ironwood

The Parrotia ‘Vanessa’ has multi seasonal interest.  This tree has an upright columnar habit, with a canopy shape of an upright oval.  The leaves are a lush green in the summer that turn a sensational variety of colors, typically a mix of yellows, oranges and reds in the fall. The Parrotia Vanessa is a great tree for smaller yards and gardens maxing out in height at 20-30’.

Let us know what your favorite trees are that stand above for the beauty they add to their neighborhood!

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

 

Our Favorite Reasons You Should Plant a Tree This Fall

By Nancy Penrose

Fall is fast approaching, bringing us to the perfect season for planting trees.
There are many benefits to planting a tree in your yard. In fact, I’d bet there are a lot more benefits than you ever realized. Here are a few of our favorite reasons planting a tree helps you and those around you.

Trees Help Improve Your Health

Everyone knows that trees provide oxygen for the environment, but there are other health benefits to living in an area with lots of trees. Studies have been done that show trees can help to boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, increase energy level and even improve your sleep.

Spending time around trees can even reduce stress and help improve your mood. Studies have indicated that patients in hospitals recovered from surgery more quickly when their rooms offered a view of trees. Another study showed that kids in school tended to retain more information from classes when the kids spent a bit of time each day outdoors around plants and trees. Having more trees in an area and spending time around them can help everyone reduce stress.

Trees Help Improve Your Community

There are several ways trees improve a community. Trees can compliment the architecture in a neighborhood. This enhances both the general aesthetic and property values of the buildings.

Many people decide to have privacy screens of trees line their yard. This creates a living barrier between properties or between a property and the street. Many people feel this natural option is better than a wall or fence for ensuring privacy in their yard.
Studies have even indicated that trees lining streets can have a calming effect on the traffic moving through a neighborhood, with vehicles moving more slowly and safely. It all comes back to the natural reduction in stress when people more regularly spend time in an area with trees.

Trees Help the Environment

It is common knowledge that trees provide oxygen for the atmosphere and that this is beneficial. What is not as commonly known is that this isn’t the only way trees help the environment.

There is an “urban heat island effect”: areas where the trees or vegetation in an area have been largely replaced by concrete and pavement tend to get hotter. Usually, the trees and other vegetation help to mitigate this and cool an area off, but with very few trees the heat is trapped in the area and this can actually result in rising energy costs (such as air conditioning), more air pollution and other problems. Planting more trees in an area mitigates this factor and cools the whole area down.

There is a bit more to be said about what trees do for the atmosphere. They filter out harmful dust and pollutants such as ozone and carbon monoxide. So having an abundance of trees in an area helps to naturally filter the air and reduce air pollution.

Trees Can Have Economic Benefits

There are actually a few ways that trees can help a property economically.

Evergreen trees on a property can act as a windbreak and reduce heating costs for a home in winter. In summer, having trees around your home can help reduce cooling costs by providing shade that cuts down on the amount of sun your home gets.

Trees also tend to improve the value of a property. A property that is well landscaped with trees can raise property value by an appreciable amount.

In summary, there are many benefits to planting trees. They help you, your community and the environment in countless ways. We’d all benefit from a few more trees being planted, so this fall let’s do just that!

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

Help Do Your Part to Prevent Summer Fires

By Nancy Penrose

As we get into the full swing of summer, visions of sipping lemonade on the porch watching kids play in the yard fill our heads. While this is certainly a happy time full of memories, it is also the time with the greatest risk of fires. We all play a part in reducing this risk so summer stays a good time for all. Read more »

Tree Transplanting Company Helps Salvage Landscape After Fire

Big Trees Inc Saves Trees from Being Demolished in Local Neighborhood

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com), a tree transplanting company in the Seattle area, was recently called in to help salvage a landscape that had fallen prey to a fire. A local homeowner had been utilizing a weed burner to handle weeds in their yard when a row of trees caught on fire. Thankfully no one was injured and the fire was contained. Big Trees was called in to assist the homeowner in replacing the trees which had previously provided a privacy screen for the yard. Read more »

Privacy Screen Trees Help Settle Dispute Between Neighbors

Big Trees Inc. Helps Neighbors Using Privacy Screen Trees Between Properties

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (www.bigtreesupply.com) a tree transplanting and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, recently helped resolve a developing dispute between two neighbors. When one neighbor wished for more privacy between them during the summer months, they contacted Big Trees Inc., who examined the site and was able to locate and execute a solution which left both sides feeling resolved with no further upset. The tree transplanting company has an extensive history of over 30 years of helping homeowners resolve issues with tree planting.

A homeowner in the Seattle area contacted Big Trees about a situation they had with lack of privacy between their yard and that of their neighbor. In this case, the neighbor’s property had a raised deck that looked directly into the homeowner’s back yard.
Furthermore, the neighbors would frequently come onto the deck to smoke, which would cause smoke to waft over into their yard. Wishing to avoid continued disputes, the homeowner contacted Big Trees looking for a solution.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees Inc, stated: “This homeowner came into our nursery hoping to find some trees that would eventually block out her neighbor. Instead, we were able to offer an immediate solution. After seeing the homeowner’s yard and the planting area we had to work with, we recommended English Laurel trees. It was a fairly shady area, and the English Laurel can handle the shade and actually thrive in that environment. Although English Laurels make a great screening barrier, they are not always the trees we recommend because they grow very quickly and can get 18’-20’ tall by 12’ wide. In this case, their yard had the room for it, and in fact these trees would not only block the neighbor’s yard and afford more privacy, they would also work well in helping to disperse the smoke. She was ecstatic at the thought of being able to use her backyard this summer without the nuisance of a neighbor and their habits impacting them.”

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

Top 7 Tips for Summer Tree Care

By Nancy Penrose

With summer now here, we have to consider how best to care for our trees. If a tree is not set up to properly withstand the hot summer months, it could harm its growth or cause the tree to fail entirely.

Some people automatically assume that because it’s summer, their landscape will look wilted and dry. Well, if you follow these tips you can reverse that and have healthy, beautiful trees throughout the summer.

  • Mulching

If you haven’t had the chance yet to spread mulch around your trees, the beginning of summer is an ideal time. Mulch helps keep the moisture in the soil and roots, cuts down on weed encroachment and can stabilize soil temperatures. So, mulch can go a long way toward combatting the effects of the summer heat.

  • Fertilizer

On a similar note, fertilizer can be very important for ensuring trees have the necessary nutrients to keep growing. A younger tree in particular should be fertilized to ensure it keeps growing despite the high-stress temperatures of summer. If you are concerned if your tree needs fertilization or not, or are not sure of the right fertilizer to apply, consult your local tree care expert.

  • Pruning

The first piece of advice about pruning in the summer is: don’t. Pruning leaves and branches is generally best done in the dormant seasons of early spring and autumn when the tree is in a period of growth. Pruning in the summer can lead to exposing the tree to excessive heat and can stunt the growth of the pruned area.

That being said, there is never a bad time to prune off a dead or diseased limb. Doing so helps to ensure the health of the tree, not to mention the safety of people and structures around it. So keep an eye out for damaged or diseased tree limbs and be ready to prune them.

  • Tree Inspection

That brings us to the next point: getting your tree inspected. A tree inspection will point up difficulties you may not be aware of, but a certified arboreal expert will find right away. If you suspect your tree may have a disease, damage or pest problem, getting it inspected is vital. It is also a good idea to get your tree regularly inspected, and the beginning of summer is an ideal time to ensure that any problem is resolved before hot and dry weather conditions set in.

  • Storm Damage Prevention

A problem you might not at first consider is preparing for summer storm conditions. Increased risk of thunderstorms and heavy wind conditions is something to get ready for. Consult an arborist to ensure your tree doesn’t have any limbs that could more easily break off in a storm, and to find out if the tree could use extra support to withstand any storms.

  • Shading

Summer weather is hot, but certain conditions can make it even hotter for your trees. Younger trees would benefit from having shading to keep them cooler. Also, keeping landscaping materials near trees with the mid-summer sun beading down on them can mean too much heat for your tree. Keep shading in mind to ensure a younger tree can make it through the summer weather.

  • Irrigation

Last, but most certainly not least, is irrigation. Proper watering is essential during the summer heat for most trees. Younger trees need more water during summer, so consult an arborist to find out how much water your trees need. While it is possible to overwater and cause problems for your trees, summer is the time to ensure your trees have enough water to continue to grow and flourish. So, find out how much water your trees need for your local weather conditions.

Taking the time to keep your trees healthy this summer will result in a beautiful and thriving 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

When Should You Get Your Trees Inspected?

By Nancy Penrose

Caring for your trees is an important part of maintaining your landscape.  Healthy trees add to your property value as well as add beauty.

In previous articles we have covered different aspects of how you can care for your trees in your yard, but how often should you get them inspected by a professional? Here are some guidelines to keep in mind to maintain the health of your trees.

  • Discolorations and any obvious signs of damage
  • Anytime there are extreme weather conditions. High wind, heavy snow, large amounts of rain, any flooding in your yard, are all examples.
  • If you are about to start any major renovation on your house or yard.  Making sure your contractor is aware of any branches or root systems that may be in within the construction zone.
  • Buying a new home. An inspection of the trees on a property that you are thinking about buying could influence your decision to buy.  Getting an inspection done prior to buying could disclose any problems with your trees so you are not left with them after you are living the in the home.

Routine inspections can also help maintain the safety of your yard.  Hazardous branches can fall can cause injury or damage to your home or your neighbors.  Getting routine inspections can identify potential problems and resolve them swiftly.

The above points are all things to keep in mind, but every property is different, and conditions vary.  Trees are living things that need regular maintenance to keep them looking their best and in good health.  If you have concerns or questions, you can reach out to your local tree specialists and schedule an inspection.

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 Saves Local Trees in Northern Washington Neighborhood

Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA (https://bigtreesupply.com), is a large tree nursery that in addition to selling mature trees, can transplant a tree from one place to another.  On occasion a property will be scheduled for either an entire yard overhaul or complete demolition, and there are trees that would be good candidates for transplant to another property, that would otherwise be torn down. That was the case recently for a neighborhood in the Seattle area.

Neighbors of a property that was slated to be torn down completely were walking by and noticed a tree that was worth saving.  They contacted Big Trees and asked if this transplant was possible.  Big Trees jumped into action and did everything from contacting 811 for any underground utility conflicts, to the logistics of moving the large tree to a new property. After every detail was perfectly orchestrated the tree was carefully hand dug and transplanted from one property to the other very successfully.

Nancy Penrose, the owner of Big Trees Inc, has stated “We love when people have the foresight to save trees and appreciate the value they give to properties.  In this case it was a win-win for all parties involved.  The homeowner of the property to be torn down did not have to remove and dispose of a tree and the neighbors received a tree that is well established and will continue to add beauty and value to their property.”

Big Trees Inc is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area, with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. Some types of trees that are available include, spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy screening trees, just to name a few.  Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog or https://arboristblog.com.  They can be contacted at 360-563-2700 or info@bigtreesupply.com.

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