Big Trees Inc. Helped a Homeowner with a Large Scale Screening Situation

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, recently helped a client with a large scale screening situation that needed to be resolved before the client could sell their home.

Last month, a couple came to the Big Trees nursery with a difficult situation. A five-story tall apartment building had been built up in their backyard view, and even though it is across the street from their backyard fence, it took away from the privacy of their home.

The couple was attempting to sell their home at the time and knew they had to bring privacy back to their home before they could easily sell it. Big Trees decided to plant large 20-foot Excelsa Cedars and large flowering Cherry trees along the back border of the property to help with the clients’ situation. The problem with installing these trees into this property was that there was no access for tractors to bring these 3,000-pound trees into the backyard. Big Trees called in their associates in the crane industry, and used a 140-ton class crane to safely place the trees into the backyard.

“These kind of large tree installations are extremely satisfying,” said Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ Operation Manager. “From the logistics all coming together, to the set-up of each impressive tree, and all to the moment where we get to step back and see the difference that has been accomplished; it’s a very unique thrill to get 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 http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

 

Increase Property Value by Adding (or Cutting Down) Trees

By Nancy Penrose

You may be ready to sell your house now, or you’re planning on staying in your home for several years. Either way, you’ll want to add as much value to your house as possible, and the outside is just as important as the inside.

The best way to add value to the outside of your property is to add healthy trees or cut down diseased, dangerous trees. Did you know, according to PNW Research Station, a tree in front of a house can increase the home’s sale price by an average of $7,130? That’s huge!

So, which trees should you add to your home?

There isn’t really any specific tree that adds more value over another type of tree. The most important thing is to plant healthy, disease-resistant trees. If you’re in an area where a specific tree is popular, such as palm trees in Florida or California, then adding those trees can help as well.

Some popular trees that could enhance your home value include:

  • Katsura
  • Dogwood
  • Red maple

Which trees should you cut down?

Trees should always be healthy, well maintained and planted in the correct location. Cutting down a tree that looks infected, is covering up too much of the front of your home, is closer than 15-feet from your home, or is completely dead can help increase the value of your home.

We offer tree inspections and have a nursery of over 120,000 trees for you to choose from. Just contact us at (866) 313-2333 to get started.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.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.

BigTreeSupply.com: Trees Losing Leaves in Spring? Here’s Why

By Nancy Penrose

When spring rolls around we expect our trees to bloom with leaves, not lose them. So, what do we do if we notice our trees are shedding or losing leaves during this time of the year? Below, we will cover the two most common reasons leaves drop in spring.

  1. Some trees may hold onto some of their leaves during the winter, making it perfectly normal for their leaves to drop in the spring. Some tree species shed some of their leaves in the spring rather than the fall.
  2. If your tree doesn’t naturally lose leaves in spring, but is losing them this year, it may have an infection.  A good way to tell if your tree may be infected is to look at the leaves on the ground to see if they’re curled up and brown rather than smooth and green.

Trees that naturally lose their leaves in spring:
If your tree is shedding leaves in spring and they are green and healthy looking, then everything is probably fine. Here are some of the most common types of trees that shed leaves in spring:

    • Live oak
    • Holly
    • Hackberry
    • Hickory

How do I know for sure if my tree is healthy?
As mentioned above, you can generally tell if your tree is healthy or not by the way the leaves appear. However, if you want to be safe, having a tree preservation professional inspect your tree is your best bet. We offer inspections and provide treatments for trees. Just contact us at (360) 563-2700.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.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 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. Completed a Privacy Screening Project for a Homeowner in Bothell

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, has recently completed a significant privacy screening project for a homeowner in Bothell.

Previously, a greenbelt (an area of open land around a city, on which building is restricted) had been next door to the homeowner for years. However, the land has now been cleared for new homes. The homeowner had been aware of this development coming for a few months, but once they saw the actuality of it, they realized something needed to be done beyond building a typical fence.

The client called Big Trees’ office hoping to find a solution to their problem. The client had a property line of 120 feet in length and 40 feet of width to plant new trees into. Big Trees suggested Excelsa Cedars be planted into this area as they tend to grow 25 – 35-feet tall and 15-feet in width. The client decided on a taller, 14 – 16-foot tree to get a head start on hiding the development from their everyday life at home. The trees were successfully planted every seven feet in a row.

“It’s very shocking how fast neighborhoods can spring up out of the ground next to long-term property owners in our area. Our population in the Puget Sound is growing so rapidly, and developers are building as quickly as they can to accommodate and capitalize on the market. The way some property owners can become a little island amongst an ocean of tract housing is incredibly striking,” mentions 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 http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

BigTreeSupply.com: Will a Late Spring Frost Damage Your Trees?

By Nancy Penrose

It seems to happen without fail that we’ll enjoy the spring weather, but then winter will present us with one last freeze right when we thought it was all over. A dip in temperature isn’t just a shock for us; our trees feel it too.

Will a late spring frost damage your tree?
When there is a sudden drop in temperature, some trees, even big trees, can experience frost damage. Frost damage affects all trees, but the good news is that most trees can fully recover with some of your help. Here are some things you can do to help your tree recover from frost damage:

  • Lock in soil moisture by mulching your tree. Mulch will also provide nutrients for the tree’s new leaves.
  • Prune out dead stems if there are any.
  • Keep track of the weather so you can stay ahead of any future temperature drops. If you notice another temperature drop is approaching, you can water your tree the night before or cover it with burlap (or a different breathable material) if it’s small enough.

How does frost damage trees?
A drastic change in the weather can cause stress to trees. If your tree had new growth when spring arrived, the blooms can be damaged when the temperature drops suddenly. Not to worry though – many trees will sprout again later in the season. Trees that may have a hard time sprouting again are fruit and flowering trees, however.

How do I know if my tree has been damaged from frost?
Generally speaking, you will notice any new growth your tree made will turn brown a few days after the freeze. Frost damage affects differently depending on your tree type, so your tree may show different signs of frost damage than other trees. We offer inspections and provide treatments for trees, just contact us at (866) 313-2333.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplanting 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 nurserytrees.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEP1vudflm0 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108.

Big Trees Inc. is Having a Successful First Quarter

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, has been having a successful first quarter with plenty of new inventory and consistent transplanting work.

Big Trees’ nursery has upwards of 50 flowering Cherry trees ready for sale in several sizes, along with numerous flowering Pear trees, dozens of Stewartias, Styrax and Dogwoods. While the flowering trees are the focal point during Spring, Big Trees has also been stockpiling a lot of evergreen trees from Excelsa Cedars to Leyland Cypress to Hinoki Cypress, and a handful of evergreen Magnolias.

Furthermore, Big Trees has had a number of onsite transplanting projects. Big Trees addresses each scenario from as many angles as they can think of before considering the handling for larger trees. Once they’ve created a realistic plan, the pieces start to come together for the big transplant. It is an excitement for both Big Trees and their client when a tree gets lifted to their new location and planting begins.

“We hope to see you here in the nursery this spring, and help you find the right trees for your landscaping projects. Anyone who simply wants to walk the lanes of the nursery and see what all of these varieties of trees look like are always welcome as well. We’re looking at a busy, exciting season of planting, and we wish you the best with all of your gardening projects.” 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 http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

What Time of Year Do Pine Trees Drip Sap?

By Nancy Penrose

Pine trees are beautiful, but the one time that they’re not is when they drip shiny, gold sap. Along with the undesired sap, problems may arise depending on the amount of sap and its color. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about pine trees and signs there may be something wrong with them.

When do pine trees produce sap?

Sap is very important for pine trees. It allows nourishing ingredients to run throughout the tree. Sap can be produced year-round, but it happens most often when they begin to bud or when the season changes. The most sap will occur during the spring and early summer.

What is considered to be a normal amount of sap?

Homeowners with pine trees can expect a few drops here and there during the spring and early summer. The sap slows down during the winter and picks back up in the spring as the temperature changes.You’ll know if your pine trees are creating an excessive amount of sap if you see these other symptoms:

  • Sap that is not gold in color. Gold sap comes from healthy pines; any other color can mean that your tree has a disease or pest problem.
  • Holes in the tree’s trunk
  • Broken or damaged branches

Can I make pine trees stop producing sap?

A pine tree that drips a little bit of gold-colored sap is normal, healthy and natural. If, however, your pines are producing a lot of sap and it is not gold in color, you should get your trees inspected for disease or pest issues. We offer inspections and provide treatments for trees, just contact us at (866) 313-2333.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.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 http://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. Saves an Oak Tree for an Elementary School

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, was contacted by an elementary school to help save a large oak tree that was in the way of a school renovation project.

Big Trees first evaluated the access to the tree and gave estimates of what all would be involved in handling the oak. The tree is 24 feet tall, 15 to 18 feet wide and was planted in the playground area of the school property.

It was decided that the Big John 90-inch tree spade truck would be the best method for handling the tree. The tree needed to be taken off site and stored at Big Trees’ nursery, since there was no room for the tree on the construction site during renovations. The extraction went well and the tree was tied down “piggyback” style onto the truck mounted spade. Once secured, the tree was driven back to Big Trees’ nursery and put into a storage area that kept the tree stable until the school was ready for it to go back onto their property.

Big Trees received the call that the elementary school was ready for the oak tree to go back to the property roughly one year later, Access was made for the Big John 90-inch tree spade truck to back the tree into its new planting location. The spade truck retrieved the tree from its temporary home in the nursery and delivered it back into the city where it was successfully replanted into its new location.

“The Big John 90-inch tree spade truck doesn’t fit for every tree transplanting process, but when the pieces all come together, it’s an incredible machine to watch!” 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. More information can be found at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://snohomishbigtrees.com/. Big Trees can be reached at 360-563-2700.

BigTreeSupply.com: The European Gypsy Moth

By Nancy Penrose

One of the most destructive tree pests in the State of Washington is the European gypsy moth. In its caterpillar form, it has destroyed millions of acres of foliage around the country.

The moth was brought to the United States in the 1860’s near Boston, Massachusetts to cross-breed with silk worms and escaped into the environment. It is now permanently established in 20 Eastern and Midwestern states.

Gypsy moth eggs are usually laid on tree trunks and branches. Egg clusters can contain up to 1000 or more eggs. The larvae (caterpillars) appear in the spring. Mature larvae are two to three inches long and have five pair of blue spots and six pair of red spots on their back. Adult male gypsy moths are a mottled brown and adult female moths are white.

The moth was first discovered in Washington in 1974. Since then, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has been aggressively eradicating gypsy moths with aerial applications of Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk), a natural soil bacteria. Treatments typically begin in April or May when the caterpillars start feeding on trees and shrubs.

Each year the WSDA conducts trapping programs to locate gypsy moth occurrences. Approximately 20,000 traps are set up around the state and checked from June through September. The traps are made of cardboard and placed on private and public property. Inside the trap is a string coated with synthetic pheromone, as substance females emit to attract males during mating. The inside of the trap is also coated with a sticky substance that catches insects.

Here’s how you can help prevent the gypsy moth from becoming permanently established in the State of Washington:

  • Let the WSDA place traps on your property
  • If a moth infestation is found in your area, allow the WSDA to administer treatments.

You can read more about the WSDA’s treatment program at agr.wa.gov/gypsymoth. Our big tree specialists can also answer your questions about tree pests and how to protect your foliage and big trees.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplanting 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 arboristblog.com. 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. Extracts and Saves Two Large Japanese Maples

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, was offered an opportunity to extract and save two very large Japanese Maple trees from a residence in Bellevue this month.

The trees were slated to be demolished, but are now successfully root balled and back in Big Trees’ nursery. Big Trees was approached by a homeowner with a problem in late 2017; they had two enormous Japanese Maples on their property line with the street. The trees were overwhelming the frontage of their home from the street and the owner wanted to open up their small front yard and get a new layout to their garden, which put the Japanese Maples on the chopping block.

Once a utility locate was performed to make sure Big Trees’ digging efforts wouldn’t break any buried feeds to the house, Big Trees began the project. With large lifting equipment rented, and a low boy heavy hauling trailer scheduled, the Japanese Maples were root balled. The trees weighed 6-10,000 pounds each. Over the next two days, the Maples were transported to the Big Trees nursery in Snohomish. Additionally, a Stewartia tree that was getting too big for its location was moved to a more suitable location in the front yard.

“Big Trees’ tree rescue program is here for situations like this where someone has a tree that doesn’t fit their situation, but could be extremely desirable for some other homeowner. It’s very exciting to see these big Maples show up in our nursery. Japanese Maples are one of the most unique and dramatic of what we call ‘specimen trees.’ There’s a lot that goes into this kind of an operation, and we can’t wait to see these trees leaf out this spring!”, 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 http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.