Why You Should Care About Tree Health

By Nancy Penrose

“Health care” is not a phrase most people associate with trees. Why do tree experts talk so much about tree health care? Simply because it’s the best way to care for your trees and keep your property looking beautiful.

Here are some of the targets of tree health care:

Pests

Common pests that attack trees are aphids, adelgids and psyllids. They are usually worse in spring when trees put out their tender new growth.

Bacterial Infections

Common bacterial infections affecting trees are Fire Blight, Anthracnose and Fusarium wilt. In many cases, bacteria will enter the tree through a wound, and can remain dormant until the next growing season. When the infection is in full force you will probably notice clusters of brown, dead leaves. Untreated tree infections can lead to severe defoliation and even death of the tree.

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections appear in the fall when they are encouraged by seasonal rains. Infection can be present in the tree even when there are no visible signs. But fungal fruiting bodies may begin to appear along the roots and trunks of the trees. It’s important not to try to remove these until an arborist can assess the situation and prescribe the proper treatment.

Fertilization

Fertilization is one example of being proactive in tree care. Regular fertilization can create a brilliantly green canopy for the tree and make a noticeable difference in the aesthetic beauty of your yard.

Summary

Your arborist will be happy to work with you to help create a tree health care schedule that exactly fits your tree population, concerns and budget. It’s time to get healthy trees!

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 Little Girl Get Tree She Watched for Every Day on Way Home

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, helped a mother get a tree in her yard that her daughter watched for every day on the way home.

Big Trees is on the east side of a busy Snohomish county  highway. By 4:00pm on any weekday afternoon there can be thousands of cars that pass the nursery at a crawl, full of people waiting to get home.

One of these people was little Cora, who beginning around 3 years old kept getting excited about a “Big Grasshopper” she kept seeing out the window of the car in the vicinity of the nursery.

She regularly tried to get her mom, Heather, to see this reoccurring landmark each day on the way home, but it took her a long time and some more vocabulary expansion before Heather realized that her daughter was referring to the top of a contorted landscape tree as this “Big Grasshopper.” It had become an evening ritual that they pointed to and recognized together.

Recently, Heather called and inquired about the tree. In-spite of knowing that it would likely be too much of a frivolous expense, she was curious what the tree might cost. This Alaskan Weeping Cedar tree is 20’ tall and would weigh around 1500 pounds, so all of the handling and installation work would need to be managed by Big Trees.

As Heather imagined, the tree was well beyond what could be justified for a purchase of whimsy. But Nancy Penrose, the owner at Big Trees, found this to be too much fun to pass up. After some further discussion, a price that worked for Heather was determined and the tree was dug, loaded, delivered and installed to Cora’s backyard at home, where the little girl could see her ‘big grasshopper’ continue to grow and shift its shape.

“Some opportunities come along, and in spite of the motive being contrary to the bottom line, you gotta see where it might go,” stated Nancy Penrose. “This one led to Cora’s backyard and the fulfillment of an unexpected Christmas wish.”

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. Transplants Memorial Trees During Winter Street Expansion

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, had an opportunity to transplant memorial trees out of the way of street expansion work this winter.

Big Trees received a standard transplanting request from a contractor involved with a section of street work where the street was being expanded. There were three Paper Bark Maple trees that were around five to seven inches in trunk diameter and the contractor wanted to know if the trees could be moved to a different part of the property. These trees were 12 feet tall and once properly dug into root balls would weigh around 1200 pounds each.

After reviewing the trees, their current location and their new location, including the existence of nearby underground utility lines, it was decided that the trees would best be transplanted using Big Trees’ hand digging techniques and loader tractors to manage the weight of the trees and tricky maneuvering near underground utilities.

“We learned that the three trees we were being asked to dig and transplant were memorial trees for the man’s wife who he had lost to cancer a number of years earlier, and it became clear why these particular trees were important enough to warrant this kind of extra attention. There have been many situations over the years where our projects were more involved than they originally appeared to be. These memorial tree situations can get pretty emotional. Memorial trees situations come with all kinds of circumstances, and each one gets the full attention they deserve.” said Todd Holmes, Operations Manager 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 http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

3 Winter Tree Care Tips

By Nancy Penrose

Ever wonder why trees shed their leaves in the winter? It’s their way of conserving needed water during the cold months and is one way that they protect themselves. There are a few ways we can help protect our trees in the winter so they stay healthy come spring!

Protecting the tree’s roots

Healthy roots are essential for a healthy tree. A few ways you can protect the tree’s roots include:

Insulate your trees with mulch if you don’t have a lot of snow to protect it. The snow adds protection and insulation to trees, but if you don’t have a lot of snow, mulch will do the trick.
Keep road salt away from your trees. They’re pretty harmful to the roots and can dry them out and alter soil structure.

Protecting the trunks

If you live in an area where the day is warm, but then gets freezing at night, we highly recommend wrapping the trunks with a plastic tree guard to prevent sunscald.
Pay attention to any deer that may come around wanting to use the tree’s trunk as a way to smooth out their antlers. This can result in large chunks of wood being taken off of the trunk. If you notice any deer doing this to your tree, you can build a barrier or use a protective wrap.

Protecting the branches

Winter is the best time to prune trees and remove weak branches so the tree is fresh come spring.
Don’t remove ice from branches. Ice can be difficult to remove, which means you may do more harm than good. The best thing to do is wait for the ice to melt.
Do, however, remove piled snow. Snow that gets piled up on the branches can cause them to snap, which hurts the tree and can also hurt you or another person.

At Big Trees, we know exactly how to take care of your trees in the winter months. If you ever have any questions, please contact us. Call us today at (866) 313-2333 to get all your questions answered.

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. Helped a Seattle Company Transplant Large Trees

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, was asked to help an iconic Seattle company transplant some large trees as part of the company’s relocation of their headquarters.

There was a large Japanese Maple in the courtyard of the company’s corporate campus. This Maple and a large Leyland Cypress tree had been planted as a memorial tree and were the trees that needed to be moved to the new campus headquarters 20 miles away. The Japanese Maple was scheduled to be root pruned a year prior to the final transplant effort. The tree was dug into a reasonable root ball and the trench was backfilled with heavy material that encouraged new fibrous growth of the root system at that time.

Roughly a year after this initial root pruning effort, the Big Trees crews returned to the property to finish root balls on both trees and move them to the new headquarters. The Japanese Maple was in a difficult position to reach, which called for an extendable boom forklift to fish it out to the flatbed truck for transport. Once the trees arrived at the new location, a tower crane was used to lift the trees off the flatbed truck and into their new garden locations.

“Our services and crews can make projects like this come together seamlessly for our clients. There are a lot of intricacies involved in this kind of work, and while it’s not rocket science, having a team that heads off difficulties with this scale of landscaping is always appreciated.” said Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ operations 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.

Should You Fertilize Your Grass in the Fall?

By Nancy Penrose

Did you know that lawns improve air quality and generate oxygen? These are just a couple of reasons why we need to make sure our lawns stay healthy, and one of the best ways to keep grass healthy and vibrant is to fertilize it. We believe Fall is the best time to fertilize grass, and here’s why.

Summer heat is stressful on lawns – During the summer months, lawns go through a lot of stress with the heat and the cooler temperatures in the fall months are a great time for grass to regain its strength.

Morning Dew – The morning dew in the Fall delivers moisture to help the fertilizer be able to absorb better.

Stronger Roots – The grass gets a chance to build some stamina before the winter months and by giving the roots a chance to get stronger in the fall allows the grass to be healthier and greener in the spring.

When should you apply fertilizer in the fall?
The best time to fertilize your lawn in the fall is about three weeks before the ground freezes – usually mid-October or early November.

At Big Trees, we are experts when it comes to taking care of your lawn and trees. If you ever have questions, we’re happy to help! Just contact us today at (866) 313-2333 to get started.

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 http://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. Successfully Transplants Four Fruit Trees

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, was asked to look into a construction project on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. An older property was being renovated into a new animal sanctuary and there were older fruit trees and shrubs that the new owners wanted to preserve and transplant to other locations on the property.

In early spring of 2019, Big Trees was approached about an opportunity to help salvage two large apple trees, one large pear tree and a big lilac from being demolished in a large-scale remodel. The trees had significant trunk diameters and were dug into root balls weighing thousands of pounds each. The trees and root balls were rigged with proprietary straps and lifting systems, and were moved to a few locations around the property with loaders and large excavators. Plans were made to ensure the trees remained heathy as time goes by.

“This is a very exciting project and these significant fruit trees will continue to be a source for treats to the humans and animals that will call this new establishment home,” 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 http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Get Some Winter Color by Planting These Trees

By Nancy Penrose

As the days start to get shorter, the skies start to get gray, and the landscape looks bare and brown, you’ll find yourself wishing there was some color other than the holiday lights and decorations. Luckily, there are many types of trees that have colorful blooms, fruit and bark during the winter.

Winter Trees with Colorful Bark

Trees that have colorful bark are a great way to add some color during winter. Some examples are:

Coral Bark Maple trees have bright coral red branches and twigs during the winter, with the younger branches being the most red.
Redtwig Dogwood turns bright red in colder months.
Japanese Red Maple has red bark with vibrant leaves that range from dark reed to bright orange.

Winter Trees with Fruit

Yup! There are some trees that bear fruit in the cold months! They are:

Holly Bush, which has red or gold berries.
Snowdrift Crabapple produces deep orange fruit.
Winterberry Holly gives bright red berries.

Flowers that Thrive in Winter

There are also several flowers that provide color and bloom during the winter, including:

Camellias, a waxy flower that has shades of pink, red and coral.
Snowdrops are white and beautiful! Make sure to plant these in the Fall.
Hellebores bloom from late November through the winter and provide a variety of colors and shades.

At Big Trees, we have a lot of knowledge when it comes to which plants and trees work best for your home. Just contact us today at (866) 313-2333 to get started.

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.

3 Reasons You Should Hire a Professional for Tree Care

By Nancy Penrose

The trees on your property require routine maintenance. As time goes on, you may notice limbs look dangerously low, or maybe signs of health issues look like they’re popping up. Fixing these types of things yourself may be your first thought, but hiring a professional is a better choice, whether it’s a small job or a large project. Here are a few reasons why hiring a professional for your tree care is the right way to go.

1. Professionals know everything there is to know about trees and their health

Trees are susceptible to health issues just like humans or animals. If left untreated, the tree can have major consequences to its appearance and livelihood. The cause of any health condition can vary, but a professional will know exactly how to solve the issue and the best way to do it so you can save time and money.

2. Safety

It’s no secret that tree care professionals have safety at the top of their mind. Especially when it comes to heavy branches, limbs that are too low to walk under, or branches growing too close to the house. A professional will be able to keep your family safe while carefully removing these parts of the tree.

3. Have a beautiful yard

It may seem easy enough to trim your own hedges, but an untrained eye can create quite an eyesore. Professional arborists know how to manicure all types of trees in ways that will add value to your home and make your outdoor space beautiful.

At Big Trees, we are happy to come by and check out your trees for safety and health. Just contact us today at (866) 313-2333 to get started.

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. Assists with Landscaping Between Two Estates

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, was asked to assist with a landscaping situation between two estates in Medina, WA.

There was a row of very tall, older Western Red Cedar trees between two large estates, and the trees had become unstable. It was unclear if the trees would remain standing if a heavy wind event were to occur, and if they were to fall, they would hit one of the residences.

Once the decision was made to remove the trees for safety reasons, there was uncertainty on how to re-establish the privacy that the trees had created. Big Trees was contacted for a solution to the shared landscape. After an on-site consultation, Big Trees suggested a solution.

The measurements were taken of the length of the necessary screening effort, as well as how tall the trees would need to be to accomplish the desired privacy. Excelsa Cedars were chosen to be the best choice for the location because of their 25 to 35-foot height.

“It’s very exciting to see such a large landscape installation occur for our clients, and to feel the appreciation for what we are able to offer them. Our large trees are able to make such an immediate difference for the privacy of both estates.” 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://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.