Can I Still Plant a Tree this Summer?

by Nancy Penrose

With summer on its way, and after the difficult times we’ve all been through as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, people are beginning to turn their attention again outdoors. Caring for our lawns, gardens and trees naturally brings a bit of much needed enjoyment. There has never been a better representation of regrowth and rejuvenation than the time-honored tradition of planting a tree.

So it leads to the question: “Can I really plant a tree successfully in summer?” Traditionally in the Pacific Northwest, planting trees is done in Fall, Winter or Spring, because the trees are more dormant during this time. However, planting in summer can be done, provided the tree is consistently irrigated and monitored.

Planting Trees in Summer
The danger with planting a tree in summer is that when you plant a tree, at any time, it puts a lot of stress on the tree. Your new tree is in an unfamiliar environment and hasn’t established its roots to the extent that a mature tree has.

When trees are first planted, they need a lot more water than mature trees. For the first 2 years you should be prepared with an automated watering system.

In summer, trees need enough water to make it through the season, but also to ensure their roots are built up with enough strength to survive the cold of winter. You will need to watch the trees carefully to ensure they are getting enough water, but not so much that the roots get flooded.

Proper watering practices are vital to the survival of a newly planted tree. Watering trees sounds simple enough. Surprisingly, it’s not that easy given that new trees die in the landscape from lack of water every year. The most common cause of decline in newly planted trees is improper irrigation. Here’s the secret: Get water slowly to the root ball to ensure slow delivery so water can gradually soak into the root-ball. Forget sprinkler irrigation, and especially rainfall. Oftentimes, people start up their irrigation systems too late in the season assuming the rain is sufficient. Rainfall WILL NOT water your newly planted tree effectively. Remember, newly planted trees must live entirely off the moisture in their root-ball until roots grow away to surrounding soils. Give them a chance.

Newly planted trees should be irrigated with automated drip irrigation for TWO COMPLETE GROWING SEASONS. This is typically April through October. Water for 15 minutes every day the first year, and 30 minutes 3 days a week the second year. Drip irrigation uses the least amount of water with the highest efficiency. It evenly distributes water directly over the rootball of newly installed trees and it provides consistent moisture levels. Regular pop up sprinkler heads WILL NOT water your newly planted tree effectively, nor will “diligent” hand watering.

Irrigation amount and frequency are dependent on:
Season, Air Temperature, Soil Texture, Soil Structure and Tree Species
With so many factors it is difficult to give an irrigation standard that is appropriate for all trees and landscapes. Generally, no irrigation is needed when trees are dormant. The period of dormancy for deciduous trees is easy to determine because they lose their leaves. Evergreens go dormant also. Use deciduous trees as indicators for the dormancy period for both types of trees. Irrigation should begin when deciduous trees start to bud up or leaf out in early spring. The most amount of water will be required mid to late summer when soil moisture has been reduced and air temperatures are at their highest. In mid to late fall the irrigation schedule can be tapered off back to a watering schedule that was used in early spring. Once fall leaf drop occurs discontinue watering until the next growing season.

So how do you know if you have achieved the right irrigation frequency and timing? One simple method that gives good results requires some investigation:
Use a trowel to dig down at the root zone approximately 4-6”. Pick up a small handful of soil and squeeze it tightly in the palm of your hand. If the soil has formed slightly to the shape of your palm after you have opened your fist, the soil moisture is ideal. If the soil easily crumbles and falls apart the moisture level is too low, and if you are able to squeeze water from the soil when it is in your fist the soil is too wet. All water should be absorbed within 6 hours, and no puddling should occur in the root zone.

Trees absorb both oxygen and water from the soil. Overly saturated soils have little available oxygen and soils that are too dry hold any moisture so tightly that it is unavailable to trees. It is a fine balance that requires continued monitoring and adjustments.

Mulch to Conserve Soil Moisture
Mulch should be used to help conserve soil moisture, and you should replenish the mulch often enough. Bare soil can heat up too much in summer, as water will evaporate quickly. You should generally lay down a couple inches of mulch at a distance about 1 foot from the base of the trunk. Your tree should have a layer of mulch around it all year-long, but in summer this is critical.

Inspect For Tree Health
Keep an eye on your trees to ensure they are remaining strong. If leaves or branches are damaged, they can be pruned. If you notice or suspect any signs of damage or a disease, you can always call a specialist to do an inspection and see what the trouble is. Remedying this quickly could mean the difference between whether the tree will be able to thrive, or not.

With enough care and attention, you can ensure your trees survive the summer and continue to be a beautiful addition to your yard for years to come.

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.

Tree Transplantation Company Saves Large Maple Trees at Remodeling Site

Mid COVID-19 Pandemic Big Trees Inc Still Committed to Saving Scenic Trees

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in northern Washington State, recently handled the transplanting of 10 large Vine Maple trees at a construction site. The company has over 30 years of experience in the tree transplanting, and they were able to carry out the task with no complications or difficulties.

In January 2020, the owners of a company taking over an old building in the Redmond, WA, area contacted Big Trees Inc., asking for their help with the trees. The 10 large Vine Maple trees were in the way of the company’s remodeling project for the building, but the owners were adamant that the trees be saved. After initial evaluation Big Trees determined that the best plan to move the trees was prior to mid-March, while the trees were still dormant.

However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the plans. That is until May, when the site was opened up again and the transplanting project was resumed. Due to the change in climate, Big Trees employed techniques to treat the trees and put them in a temporary state of dormancy, so the trees could still be moved despite already leafing out. The trees were then moved using a 10,000 lb heavy duty forklift. There was not enough room on site to store the trees, however Big Trees Inc was able to find room for them in their tree nursery, where they will stay for the next 2 years while the company remodeling project is fully completed. At that point Big Trees Inc. will assist in safely returning the trees to their home. The company was very thankful for Big Trees Inc.’s assistance on the site, and the company’s landscape architect stated she was excited to design her plan around the large specimen Vine maples.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees Inc., stated: “I love projects like these. Today, more and more owners of large projects are genuinely concerned about the existing landscape and try to do everything they can to save what is viable.  It is really nice to see – and good for all the parties involved, but particularly the plants!”

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.

 

Big Trees Inc. Moved Large Blueberry Bushes for a Family

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area was hired to move large blueberry bushes for a family whose mother had recently passed away.

The family grew up with 15 blueberry bushes of various varieties at their home where picking and distributing berries for friends, family and neighbors became a long-standing tradition.

The mother passed away in January and the family had to put the home up for sale, but before doing so, they wanted to dig up all the blueberry bushes and distribute them to four of the five siblings. They realized the size of the bushes were too large for them to dig and move on their own, so they contacted Big Trees. “We have a good reputation in the Puget Sound Area, for successfully transplanting large trees and shrubs for people,” says Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees. “We were pleased the family trusted us in our expertise to get the job done successfully.”

Big Trees brought two large trucks, a loader and two crews and were able to get all the bushes dug and loaded in one day. The family had labeled the plants individually with their names. On the second day, Big Trees crews went out to the four siblings’ separate houses and planted the trees in their new homes. Everything went smoothly and according to plan. Big Trees received the following testimonial for the work they did:

“On behalf of my entire family, thank you so much for transplanting our mother’s blueberry bushes to each of our homes. This was an emotional process for us all as they were such a part of our childhood growing up.  We are so appreciative that your crew took impeccable care removing them from her property and planting them at each of our homes. We are looking forward to honoring my mom’s legacy and picking her berries with our own children. Your crew was such a great group of guys – they were friendly, fast, very respectful and did a beautiful job at each of our homes.”

“These kind of messages from customers is one of my favorite parts of this job,” says Nancy. “I love being a part of these cool, personal meaningful moves.”

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.

A Spring Trees and Shrubs Checklist

By Nancy Penrose

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to check your trees and shrubs to evaluate and maintain their health! Below, we put together an easy checklist for you to follow to maintain your trees this spring.

1. Prune dead branches

The best way to have healthy trees is to properly prune them. Pruning your trees protects your home and family from unsafe branches that may fall and cause damage.

2. Inspect all your trees and shrubs

As it gets warmer and snow melts while rainfall occurs, standing water or flood damage may occur. This is the time to pay close attention to the health of your trees. If you see anything that may be wrong, contact a professionally trained arborist right away to treat the tree or shrub.

3. Plant new trees

A great way to add value to your home is to plant new trees. Maybe you’ve noticed that your home gets way too warm in the summer. Well, now is a great time to plant a few trees to add some shade!

4. Add mulch to your landscape

Mulch is important because it secures the trees, conserves soil moisture, and controls weeds. Mulching is a fairly easy process and can do wonders for the health of your trees.

At Big Trees, we are experts in tree care and we know exactly what to look for when inspecting your trees and shrubs. If you want a professional to help you inspect the health of your trees this Spring, let us come out and help, 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. Provided Trees for Garden Creators

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area,, recently provided a large number of trees for various garden creators during the Northwest Annual Flower and Garden Show.

Big Trees delivered a number of trees including large Vine Maples, Paperback Maples, and Serbian Spruce recently at the Northwest Annual Flower and Garden Show. The Garden Creators take delivery of the trees and set them up as anchor points or showcase pieces of their gardens. Garden Creators are careful to keep the trees well watered and cared for during the week long show. During the show, show goers were impressed by the size of the trees installed in these indoor gardens.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees said, “It’s rare that we lose a tree even after being indoors for a week.  We have worked closely with the Garden Creator’s over the years in caring for the trees and making sure they are returned to us in healthy conditions.” Nancy has been loaning trees to Garden Creators for 20 years now and says, “it’s always an exciting time for me, as it means spring is eminent and our busy season is approaching rapidly. This is one of my favorite times of the year!”

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.

How to Successfully Plant Fruit Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Fruit trees can be an amazing addition to your home. Not only do they look beautiful, but you also get free fruit! In order to get the most out of your fruit tree, you’ll need to know how to successfully plant one so they can have a healthy root system and produce beautiful fruit. Below are a few steps to take before planting your new tree.

Do your research on types of trees

The first step is to do your research on which fruit tree(s) you’d like to plant. Some fruit trees work better in certain climates over others, so keep that in mind as well. Other factors to consider are: size, taste, chill hours, and if it needs a pollinator.

Make sure you have enough space

Make sure you look to see how much space you have to work with. The size you have available will determine which fruit trees you’ll be able to plant. Orchard trees for example (apples, cherries, peaches, plums, and pears) require about 10-12 feet of space in your backyard. Whereas a dwarf tree can grow in a smaller 6-8 foot diameter space.

Know which foundation you’re working with

Some key factors that will determine the success of your fruit tree include:

Soil
Light exposure
Water drainage

You’ll want a location that has a good amount of light, water drainage and air flow, and you’ll want to make sure the soil in that location is of good quality. If your soil is sandy or hard, you’ll need to build it up before you plant your tree.

At Big Trees, we are experts in tree care and we know exactly how to plant fruit trees, which trees would work best for you, and which location in your yard would be best for it. If you want a professional to help you plant your fruit tree, let us come out and help. 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 Couple with a Screening Project for Their Island Home

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, was recently contacted by a couple who needed privacy screening on their property on an island.

The couple’s neighbors had built a very large home next to their property, and the couple wanted more privacy. Big Trees’ large tree nursery and installation crews had what was needed to reestablish the privacy to their island home.

The couple contacted Big Trees in November to begin discussions about what trees might work for their situation and budget. In addition, there was a ferry Big Trees needed to use in order to access the property, adding complications to the delivery of the trees. Ultimately, two 20-foot tall Excelsa trees weighing 2500 pounds each were chosen, along with a few other trees. On the agreed upon date, Big Trees’ crews left the nursery in the pre-loaded truck at 5:30am to make the best traffic time and to be in coordination with the tides of the ferry that day. Once the crews successfully arrived at the couple’s home, the large Excelsa Cedars were installed in the proposed locations and the assorted Vine Maples were installed in other locations around the property.

Todd Holmes, Operations Manager at Big Trees said, “There are some projects that are so remote, the planning is accomplished by way of measurements and emailed photos and information. Things can be accomplished through so many digital means these days, but on a long trip out of town and across the water, it’s exciting when everything has gone according to plan.”

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.

How to Care for Young Trees in Winter

By Nancy Penrose

So, you recently placed two new trees in your front or back yard and you’re wondering how to keep them in good shape through the winter months. The first two years of a new tree’s life are vital and it’s important that you pay extra attention to them. Below, we’ve listed a few tree care tips for young trees in the winter months!

Add mulch around the trees trunk
New trees don’t respond very well to large temperature changes. This is where the mulch comes in! The mulch helps ensure the roots have a layer of protection from ground frost. Plus, it helps prevent the water in the soil from getting too cold.

Cover your new trees
Covering your new trees can help make sure they stay healthy and strong when conditions get rough. It can also help with sunscald, which is when the tree’s bark freezes and then becomes exposed to direct sunlight, leaving visible and permanent damage to the bark. The best time to cover your trees is when the temperature falls below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll also want to make sure the cover is large enough to reach the ground and staked down so that you can prevent heat loss.

At Big Trees, we are experts in tree care and we have the knowledge to help you care for your trees in all types of weather. 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.

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.