Big Trees Inc. Saves and Transplants 26 Trees from Construction Site

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreessupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, was contacted to save and transplant a number of trees in the footprint of a new major construction effort.

There were 37 trees in total that were slated to be relocated during a construction project at a local community college. The school reached out to Big Trees, Inc., to see if we could provide this service in a tight construction schedule.

Big Trees was able to identify 26 trees that were good candidates for transplant.  The trees were all in manageable size ranges for the Big Trees crew and equipment, and they will be added back to the site once the construction is complete and the final landscaping phase starts.

The trees have all been moved to storage beds for the duration of the project, where they will be watered with automated drip irrigation until they are ready to be replanted on the construction site.

“Thank you! Pablo and his crew did an amazing job. I was very impressed with how much they accomplished.” said the project manager.

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 http://www.bigtreessupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

 

 

BigTreeSupply.com: 5 Great Trees to Plant in Washington State

By Nancy Penrose

Here are some great landscaping trees that will enhance any landscape in Washington state.

5. Douglas Fir

  • Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 80′ Tall x 30′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Evergreen

The Douglas fir is a dense evergreen native to our area. It has a strong pyramidal shape when young and has a tendency to limb itself up as it matures. Its size will be difficult to control in urban landscapes so it is best to have adequate space for this large native tree. Needles are soft and occasionally have a bluish tint.

4. Emerald Green Arborvitae

  • Growth Rate is Slow
  • Mature Size 20′ Tall x 4′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Evergreen

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of the most popular and dependable screening trees for our area. They are often planted in rows to create a ‘Natural’ barrier. 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 small planting spaces.

If planted correctly, Emerald Greens will form a low maintenance solid hedge. The dense and columnar growth habit of Emerald Greens means that they require little maintenance and no pruning. However, Emeralds can easily be sheared back to limit their spread and the tops can be trimmed to create uniform heights. Emerald Greens are often planted on two-foot centers. As with all Big Trees Inc. stock, our Emerald Greens are field grown and are balled and burlapped. Field grown stock is known to be fuller and healthier than container grown stock.

3. Red Pointe Maple

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 50′ Tall x 30′ Wide
  • Like full sun
  • Deciduous

The Red Pointe Maple is a beautiful pyramidal maple with a relatively carefree growth habit, narrower than others, making it an excellent large shade tree for more compact landscapes. Dark green foliage turns a brilliant red in early autumn.

2. Thundercloud Plum

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 20′ Tall x 20′ Wide
  • Like full sun to partial shade
  • Deciduous
  • Flowers: Single pink flowers in early spring

The Thundercloud plum has dependable purple foliage throughout the growing season. It is not fruit bearing but does produce single pink flowers in early spring. A reliable tree that is adaptable to most growing conditions.

1. Weeping Willow 

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate to Fast
  • Mature Size 50′ Tall x 40′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Deciduous

The weeping willow is a great selection for adding character to a landscape. Known for its graceful, low sweeping branch structure and unique shape. The weeping willow is commonly found near streams, lakes and wetlands but is adaptable to drier soils as well. The weeping willow has winter interest due to its golden winter stems.

If you’d like to see samples of these trees or some of the other 120,000 trees that we have available in over 300 varieties, call Big Trees at 360-563-2700, or come visit us in tree nursery in Snohomish and talk to our tree specialists. See the map below.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Seattle / 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 snohomishbigtrees.com.See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULejKnh2MYY and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

 

Big Trees Inc. Helps Relocate a Large Japanese Maple

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, was asked to help relocate a large Japanese Maple tree for a group of residents involved in a local school remodel.

The tree had a long standing heritage at the entrance to the school. When the school started its remodeling project, the locals decided to privately raise the funds to have this large tree moved to the entrance of the new school.

Big Trees was first contacted about this project in early December 2018. Once it was decided that this tree was a viable candidate for proper root balling and transplanting to the new proposed planting location, Big Trees generated some estimates for what the process might involve financially. A local group of volunteers began raising the funds to accommodate this transplant.

The Japanese Maple was originally planted in 1967, and has been seen as a heritage tree to most all who have attended the school over the years. It is now 20-feet tall by 20-feet wide with numerous trunks in a thick diameter. The tree weighed-in at around 25,000 pounds once it was properly dug and bound with burlap and rope. The tree was rigged and lifted onto a truck for transport to the new installation location. Once the crane was set up in the next location, the tree was lifted off of the transport vehicle and planted in its new planting environment.

The tree is going to receive ongoing supervision and care from the volunteers’ group who worked hard to raise the funds.

“This Japanese Maple will hopefully continue to welcome many more generations of students at the school’s new entrance, as it has done for the last 50 years in its former location.” said Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ Operation Manager.

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 http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

BigTreeSupply.com: Spring Checklist for Taking Care of Your Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Winter is almost over and spring is in sight! This means it’s time to start thinking about tree care for your trees and ensure they’re in tip-top shape for spring and summer. Below, you’ll find a mini-checklist of steps you can take to see if your tree is healthy and what to do if certain signs appear.

1. Inspect your trees and shrubs
Rainfall and melting snow can add more water than normal and you may encounter standing water. Pay attention to your trees; if anything looks unusual, make sure to contact a professional tree arborist to determine the care that might be needed.

2. Prune any dead branches
Proper pruning is a must in order to protect your big trees from any branches that got damaged from the winter weather. Not to mention, pruning will help protect your home, cars, family and passersby from damaged branches that could fall.

3. Think about if you want to plant new trees
Now is the time to start thinking about planting new trees. If you’ve decided to plant a new tree, spring is a great time to do so! We highly recommend hiring a tree installation professional to help you on planting your new trees because there are several factors that come into play, such as where to safely plant it, planting it at the proper depth, etc.

Spring is such a joyful time for many of us! Let’s make sure your trees are healthy and safe. We are professionally trained to inspect trees, give them their proper treatment and plant new trees. Just contact us at (866) 313-2333 and we can go over your specific needs.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://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 installation at https://bigtreesupply.com/planting-service/professional-planting-service/ and for more tips on tree care or tree installation go to http://arboristblog.com/blog/. See our video at https://vimeo.com/291609737 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees- Inc/193731105108.

BigTreeSupply.com: Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Damaged Trees

By Nancy Penrose

In today’s fast paced world, it’s easy to get busy with work and forget to pay attention to your trees. You may overlook damage or forget to properly maintain your trees. While it is totally understandable when life can be busy, we want to stress how important it is to assess damaged trees, especially big trees, and to maintain your trees properly.

What happens if I neglect a damaged tree?

First, it can be very harmful to your neighbors, children, family, pets and people passing by. When a tree is diseased, damaged or unstable, the branches are at risk of falling and can injure those nearby. The scary part is that it can happen suddenly and unpredictably.

Secondly, it can cause property damage if large branches, or even an entire tree, falls onto your car or your home, or worse, that of your neighbor’s.

Thirdly, damaged trees can also cause problems for nearby trees on your property. If a large branch falls on another tree, or if the tree disease from one tree spreads to another, things can get bad quickly.

At Big Trees, we are properly trained tree specialists and can inspect all types of trees and help find the correct solution for diseased or damaged trees. If your tree looks questionable in any way, let us come out and inspect it. Call us at (360) 563-2700 today.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at https://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.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. Helps a Local University on Renovation Project

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, was recently contacted by a local university to help save existing trees from demolition during a large campus remodel.

Big Trees helped relocate the trees to a storage area and save them for future landscape use after the construction is complete. The university is well known for its specimen trees and plants and the reuse of these trees will be appreciated in the coming decades of new students, faculty and public garden tours.

There were eight large trees that needed to be dug, balled and burlapped, and maneuvered to a storage area located several hundred yards to the north of their current locations. Most of these trees weighed one to four tons or more, and included varieties such as Japanese Maples, Fernleaf Hinokis and a spreading Mugo Pine. In addition to the large trees, there were 17 heavy rocks that had been weathered and aged in the garden. These rocks, some weighing upwards of 8,000 pounds, were carefully unearthed from their positions and moved to storage as well.

“It’s very rewarding to everyone involved when we get to see trees with a long, cared for history be saved and valued for a new project,” says Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ Operation Manager. “These trees have a lot of character to offer a new building, to say nothing of the scaling and sizing complementation that some mature landscape trees and heavy-rock can bring to a view scape. It’s very exciting to come see the project once everything is wrapped up and recognize the value that the substantial trees and landscaping provides.”

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 http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc. Helps Transplant Large Trees at a Private Seattle School

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreessupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, recently helped transplant a large number of Linden trees at a private school in the Seattle area.

The project will be accomplished over the winter break so as to not interfere with the daily school traffic. This transplanting effort will be made to create a much smoother process for the construction company for major renovations, and will keep the school in good standings with the city’s efforts to maintain the tree canopy of this neighborhood.

The private school has been planning a major renovation for some time. In moving the 25-foot tall Linden trees out of their current location, the renovation project will be able to work more efficiently, with a much better staging area for loading and unloading materials.

The trees will have 15,000-pound root balls, and with all the overhead obstructions and branching in the area, Big Trees will be hiring a unique forklift, called a Versa Lift, providing several options on handling weight. The large trees in question will be moved to the other side of the property and replanted. In addition, there are some smaller trees that will be removed and brought to Big Trees’ nursery for storage until the construction is completed.

Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ Operation Manager, stated “This is a fun example of what can be done with large landscape trees as an alternative to the chainsaw. These 20-year trees can continue providing their benefits to the community, and the construction project can be made more efficient. These kind of operations feel really good to be a part of.”

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://bigtreessupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

The Best Time To Get Tree Inspections and Pruning

By Nancy Penrose

If you’re not getting your trees inspected, you should start. It’s important to make sure your trees get inspected to ensure that they’re safe and healthy. The prime time to get your trees inspected and pruned is actually in the winter because:

There aren’t any leaves on the trees, making it easier to see the structure of the tree.

Trees suffer less shock from pruning due to them being dormant.

Pruning can be done without causing damage to nearby landscaping from heavy equipment.

What is pruning and should you do it?

Pruning is the cutting of dead or overgrown branches or stems, which can increase the fruitfulness and growth of the tree. To keep the tree healthy and safe, it’s important to get your trees pruned. See a branch that looks problematic? It should be pruned before it becomes unstable and causes property damage.

Although pruning seems like a pretty easy task, we highly suggest letting a professional do it. Pruning without proper knowledge and training can lead to accidents and cause long-term damage to the tree, causing it to get worse or die.

At Big Trees, we are properly trained to safely prune and inspect trees of all kinds and know exactly which type of pruning needs to be done to which type of tree. If your tree looks questionable in any way, let us come out an inspect it, call us at (360) 563-2700 today.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at https://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.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. Helps Save a Large Dogwood Tree

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, recently helped a man who wanted to save a large Dogwood tree on his property.

The tree was in the way of remodeling and expanding the client’s garage and parking area — both premium features in the neighborhoods of Seattle. The client contacted Big Trees about moving the huge tree. He told them the base trunk had a diameter of over a foot and a half wide, and that the canopy of the tree was 20-feet plus in height. With his daughter having childhood memories with the tree, he felt strongly about saving it.

The tree was positioned very close to some overhead power service lines going to the neighbor’s home. Once the large root ball was dug, it was too heavy for any ground based tractor to lift conventionally. Fortunately, this tree only needed to move a short distance. The crew dug a trench in the direction that the tree needed to travel, and with an extendable boom forklift, the root ball was scooped and slid to the front of the new trench, like a big cookie on a bakers sheet. When all the markers and measurements were checked, it was decided that it was time to re-bury the Dogwood in its new planting location.

“There are a lot of ways to handle these larger trees, and in spite of most situations where it can look really difficult, our crews and techniques have enough experience to see a lot of great things accomplished!” says Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ Operation Manager.

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 http://arboristblog.com/ They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

BigTreeSupply.com: Benefits of Deep Root Fertilization

by Nancy Penrose

Trees require certain nutrients in order to function and grow. Most trees in urban landscape settings are grown in soils that do not contain sufficient nutrients for it to grow and develop properly. This is why fertilization is a very important part of tree care and tree preservation.

Why You Should Fertilize

We frequently remove fallen leaves, organic matter and other potential sources of nutrient recycling that would naturally have helped trees thrive. Fertilization can replace these soil nutrients lost by leaf cleanup.

Tree fertilization can also help new trees expand root systems for better anchorage and overall vitality. Expanded root systems mean better water absorption and better defense against drought and hot weather, which has become more common here in the Pacific Northwest.

For those who want that instant screen, fertilization will increase plant growth.

What’s the Difference Between Deep Root Fertilization and DIY Fertilization?

So, what’s the difference between deep root fertilization and DIY fertilization sold in stores? Most store bought fertilizers (especially for lawns) are quick release nitrogen that are high in salts. The salt can cause “fertilizer burn” which results in scorched leaf margins. Deep root fertilizer is a slow release, zero salt formula, that does not burn or cause drought stress for the tree. Injecting into the soil brings the nutrients to the root zone of the tree and helps deliver more fertilizer directly to the tree. This is especially good for trees in grass and planting beds where competing plants may absorb some of the fertilizer.

Know Your Numbers

It’s important to know what type of fertilizer will give the right balance of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). This can be confusing for many homeowners. Our tree specialist takes the guesswork out of what fertilizer blend is best and handle everything for our clients. For more information or if you have questions about deep root fertilization, call us at (360) 563-2700.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com/), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at https://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.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.