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.

BigTreeSupply.com: Should You Keep Outdoor Tree Lights on Year-Round?

By Nancy Penrose

With the holidays now past, the one thing we tend to postpone is taking down the lights from outdoor trees. For some, they love how it makes their home feel warm and magical during the winter months. For others, they don’t want to undo all the hard work it took to put the lights up for a while, which brings us to the question: should you keep outdoor tree lights on year-round? And if so, how to do it safely.

Can You Keep Outdoor Tree Lights on All Year?

The quick answer is: you can leave your outdoor lights on your trees year-round if you want to, although we suggest removing outdoor tree lights around the beginning of Spring. Whether you decide to keep them up for four months or 12, it is important to know how to safely keep your lights on your outdoor trees. Here are our tips:

1. Use LED lights. They can withstand extreme weather shifts and won’t get damaged by too much sun or rain. Plus, they’re energy efficient, which will be very beneficial for yearlong use.
2. Only use lights that are made for outdoor use because they are designed to resist cold and wet weather.
3. Avoid wrapping lights around young trees. Younger trees don’t have as much strength compared to an older tree to carry the weight of holiday decorations.
4. It’s best not to wrap trees tightly with lights, especially if they’re still growing. As trees grow, the string lights can become very tight around the trunk and branches, which can cause damage.

Those are some of our tips! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Big Trees at (866) 313-2333 and we would be happy to answer them for you.

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.

Big Trees Inc. Replaces Several Failed Trees in a Large Neighborhood

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, was recently approached by a local home owner’s association to replace a significant number of failed trees in a large neighborhood.

Big Trees was approached with a request to diagnose some issues amongst a neighborhood’s Birch trees. The trees were determined to be infested, and it was clear they would need to be removed and replaced. Big Trees offered suggestions for replacements, and provided the trees as well as the installation labor. Acer Rubrum ‘Karpick Maple’ trees were decided on as the replacements.

The project was completed and all parties were pleased with the finished product. Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated “This was a substantial effort for our company, considering the multiple angles that a project like this can have. It feels good to have a process originate through one of our services we offer and go on to be a significant project including other services we can offer here. From Arborist assessment and disease diagnosis, to providing sales and installation of new trees, this has been a full package and fun to work on!”

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://snohomishbigtrees.com/blog/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Tree Planting Tips

By Nancy Penrose

Purchasing a tree that is a good match for your planting environment is important. Every species of tree has its own needs. Some require soil that retains moisture, while others will grow best in slightly acidic or highly nutritional soil.

To make sure your tree grows healthy and strong, find out your soil’s pH levels before planning. A soil’s pH is a measure of its acidity or alkalinity, on a scale of 1- 14, with 7 as the neutral mark. Anything below 7 is considered acidic, and anything above 7 is considered alkaline.

Most conifers, for example, prefer acidic soil with a pH of around 5.25, while Acer maples grow best at pH 7.5, which is a more neutral/slightly alkaline soil.

Other factors to consider include light and temperature. Trees convert sunlight to sugars and starches to be used as food energy through a process called photosynthesis. Most trees can tolerate up 12 to 14 hours a day of light. Some trees can grow well without any direct sunlight at all.

The climate requirements for a tree can also vary. Some trees grow successfully in a cold environment, while others prefer the heat. Cold hardy trees include the Thuja emerald green and Norway fir. There are even cold-resistant palm trees. When planting a tree, make sure it can tolerate the temperatures in your zone.

Once you purchase a tree, there are several steps that will need to be taken to make sure it is planted correctly, including staking and fertilizing. When a tree isn’t planted right, it can slow growth, or even kill the tree.

Also keep in mind that rootballs are extremely heavy. Depending on the size of the tree, they can weigh up to 1000 lbs. or more.  Planting a large tree requires knowledge, experience and the right equipment for loading, transporting and installation. When we sell a tree, we also provide professional planting services to make sure the job is done correctly assuring a long and healthy life for the tree.

If you’re planning on buying a new tree, you can get more tree growing tips and advice from a big tree specialists at Big Trees Inc.

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 the care you can receive from our tree specialist at http://bigtreesupply.com/customers-speak/. 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. Replaces a Local Chamber of Commerce’s Damaged Holiday Tree

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreessupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, was contacted by a local Chamber of Commerce to help address a major seasonal problem.

A local Chamber of Commerce contacted Big Trees because their holiday tree was destroyed in a storm and they wanted more information about the variety of trees Big Trees had available that could be a good replacement. Big Trees fortunately had a number of large 20-foot Fir tree options available.

Eventually, an 18 to 20-foot Able Grandis ‘Grand Fir’ was chosen by the Chamber of Commerce to replace their holiday tree. The tree was delivered and placed in a large wooden box in a central park, to be decorated soon after Thanksgiving.  The tree will be permanently planted in the park, after the holiday season.

Todd Holmes, Operations Manager at Big Trees, commented “There are an awful lot of large holiday trees throughout our region that get lit up and celebrated every December, and it’s fun to go visit the ones we have had a hand in getting planted. When we plant a large, mature holiday tree, the recipients get a 20-year jump ahead, and that can make for an exciting event when the lights get flipped on for that first time.”

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.

Landscaping with Maple Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Maple trees are known for their beautiful autumn leaf colors. There are more than 100 different species of maple trees. Most are native to Asia.

Maples range in height from 33 to 148 feet. The wood of larger maple trees like North America’s sugar maple and Europe’s sycamore maple is used in the manufacturing of bowling pins, butcher’s blocks and pool cue shafts. Some musical instruments like violins, bassoons and cellos are also built with maple wood. Maple syrup, a thick, sweet condiment, is made from the sap of sugar maples, red maples and black maple trees.

The maple tree’s leaves grow opposite each other, and are generally veined and lobed. The seeds of the maple tree are samaras, a type of fruit with a flattened wing of fiber-like tissue. Maple samaras look like the propeller of a helicopter. The tree usually flowers in late winter or early spring. The flowers are red, orange, yellow or green.

Maple trees can live for up to 200 years or longer. They are often planted as ornamentals due to their fall color and fast growth.

Several types of maple trees grow extremely well in the Pacific Northwest, including the Rocky Mountain maple, vine maple, bigleaf maple, autumn blaze maple, crimson sentry Norway maple and paperbark maple.

Rocky Mountain maples are relatively small (less than twelve feet tall) with greenish smooth bark. Vine maples grow up to 20 feet tall, with dark red and white flowers, vibrant leaf colors during the Fall and showy bark.

The bigleaf maple, which grows up to 100 feet tall, has green flowers. In the Fall, the tree’s leaves turn gold and yellow. Autumn blaze maples are a hybrid of the silver maple and red maple, with brilliant orange and red Fall leaves.

The crimson sentry Norway maple has crimson leaves that turn to marron during the summer and gold in autumn. Paperbark maples have smooth, orange-red bark that peels in thin layers. The tree’s leaves are dark green, and its flowers are yellow.

If you’re looking for a maple tree for your landscape, ask one of our big tree experts which is the best tree for your growing environment.

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 the care you can receive from our tree specialist at http://bigtreesupply.com/customers-speak/. 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. Sells Giant Sequoia Tree for Community Park in Pasco

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree nursery and transplant company, was asked by a the city of Pasco, Washington to sell them a 14-foot tall Giant Sequoia tree in a community park.

The Sequoia tree that is being installed into the community park is considered a Heritage Tree, which is protected by the city ordinances, and is a large tree with unique value, and is considered irreplaceable. Giant Sequoia trees can get as large as 250 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, making them one of the largest and tallest trees in the world. The city also plans on putting Christmas lights on the Giant Sequoia to mark the beginning of the holidays.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated “We are excited to be part of the effort by the city of Pasco to plant a new Heritage Tree in their community park. These Giant Sequoia trees can live up to 3,000 years, so this is truly a heritage that the city will be creating for its future.”

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.