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4 Tree Trimming Tips For Your Japanese Maple

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Japanese maples4 Tree Trimming Tips For Your Japanese Maple are a beautiful tree with their red leaves and dark bark. They are a graceful addition to any landscape, even before they reach full growth. Each type of tree has its own, special appearance to add grace to a garden, yard or commercial landscape. After the first three years, these trees may need some trimming. There are a few easy-to-follow rules for tree trimming when dealing with Japanese maples.

When To Trim

Winter, summer and autumn are the only seasons to trim Japanese maples. During spring, the sap is rising in the tree and trimming damages the tree at that time. Major trimming is always done during the coldest months of the winter because the tree is dormant. This is the time to clean out all the dead leaves and branches. Summer and autumn are for minor trimming issues to make the tree look visually balanced and well-kept.

How Much To Trim From The Top

There are many forms this beautiful tree can take. Some species of maple grow into an umbrella shape. Never take more than one-third off the crown of this tree. For taller and less spread out maple trees, never take more than twenty percent off the top. Neither of these amounts count towards taking out the dead leaves and branches on the lower side of the tree.

How To Make The Cuts

Cutting with a sharp instrument, whether it is a pair of trimmers or a saw, is important. Making cuts with a sharp instrument causes less damage to the tree. Always cut back to the nearest bud when taking off a small branch. The bark will have a texture change at this point, making it easy to tell exactly where to cut.

What To Cut

Always take out dead leaves and branches first. Next look for branches that cross over one another, and choose one of them to cut out. When thinning the branches, choose those that will allow the most light to penetrate to the inside and lower branches of the tree. Thinning this way allows the lower branches fuller growth.

If interested in planting one of these colorful and graceful trees, please contact us today. We have more than 35 Japanese maple varieties available.

Three Ways Trees Make Life Better

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Three Ways Trees Make Life BetterTrees, whether part of a vast forest system or a small backyard paradise, have more purpose behind their existence than simple aesthetics. In addition to their beauty, trees can provide countless benefits to homeowners, communities and the world abroad. The following are three ways that trees make life better.

Trees Moderate Temperature Extremes

The trees right in your own yard can help reduce energy costs and help keep your home cool during the hot summer months. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a single healthy, young tree can have a net cooling effect equivalent to ten room-sized air conditioners that operate 20 hours per day. In fact, a tree planted today on the west side of your home could save up to 12 percent in energy bills over 15 years (Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research).

Trees Add Value

Trees can add value to home and community property. According to Management Information Services/IMCA “Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent.” In addition, most realtors advise that mature trees have a strong positive impact on the sale of homes. In fact, the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers says that “a mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.”

Trees Keep the Air Clean

Just like the trees in the forest, trees planted around homes, neighborhoods and communities help keep the air clean. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and pollutants and emit oxygen back into the atmosphere. In fact, it only takes two trees to provide enough oxygen for a single person per year (U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station).


These are but three of the many ways trees can positively impact our daily lives. Contact the Chambersville Tree Farm to find the perfect tree or trees for your home, business or community.

Improve Your Landscape With Locally Grown Ornamental Trees

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Improve Your Landscape With Locally Grown Ornamental TreesYou take pride in your landscape, spending your free-time mowing, trimming and pruning to keep it looking its best. It’s the gem of your neighborhood, garnering the admiration of everyone who lays eyes on it. When it’s time to add some new ornamental trees to your already gorgeous property, consider locally grown varieties from a grower right here in Texas.

Texas Grown Trees

Buying plants grown in Florida, California, or anywhere else, and expecting them to thrive in the unique climate of Texas is a gamble. Consider some of the plants and ornamental trees that you’ve planted that didn’t survive. You may have thought that you didn’t do something right. Perhaps you didn’t water enough, or you watered too much. Maybe it was planted in direct sun, but needed indirect sun. The truth is, if they were not acclimatized to the weather and soil in Texas, they were simply unable to adapt. When you buy from a grower in Texas, however, you’ll be assured that the plants and trees will grow and prosper in your landscape.

At Chambersville Tree Farm, we understand how important your landscape is and we work hard to provide you with the most beautiful native and adapted non-native species. From Crape Myrtles to Japanese Maples, fruit trees and hardwoods, we’ve got something for everyone. Contact us today to learn more about our growing methods, our inventory, or if you have any questions. Our friendly staff is always ready and willing to help.

Crape Myrtles Are The Lilacs Of The South

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Crape Myrtles Are The Lilacs Of The SouthGrown as bushes or small trees, crape myrtles are a flowering tree that will produce blossoms throughout the summer and well into the fall. Their ability to continually flower has earned them the nickname of Lilacs of the South. These trees provide beauty with both their bark and flowers. They have many other positive contributions to make to any yard or landscape.

Sunny Spots Are The Best

There are many beautiful flowering bushes in the world, but most of them require partial shade. Crape myrtles are a plant that requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. These are not shy and bashful lilies. They will proudly blossom in the sunniest spot in any yard. They tolerate hot climates beautifully and provide ground shade with their side spreading growth.

Colorful Flowers And A Beautiful Bark

There is great variety within the family of crape myrtle trees and bushes. Flower colors range from white to pink and red. There are varieties that flower in purple during the summer and turn to red and orange as fall progresses. The leaves are green and the bark of the tree is commonly described as a cinnamon color. These plants will give any yard a colorful focus to enjoy in the landscape.

Fast Growing In A Texas Environment

Crape myrtles vary in height and width depending on the variety planted. These trees and bushes are fast growing. They grow from 12″ to 24″ per year in height and spread until they reach their full growth. They love a hot climate and plenty of sun. They are drought resistant and prefer soil that is moist but well-drained. Texas landscapes are the perfect environment for them to thrive.

We offer 29 varieties of crape myrtles. If interested in finding the perfect crape myrtle for your landscaping, please contact us today.

Growing Roses in Texas

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Growing Roses in TexasMany homeowners spend a lot of time choosing the right type of flowers, bushes and trees for their garden. Roses are a popular choice for most people because they remind people of love and romance. There is something romantic about such a beautiful flower that sprouts thorns to protect itself. Here are some things you might not know about Growing Roses in Texas.

Old, New and Wild

Old roses are a variety of this flower that existed prior to 1867. With 100s of varieties, old roses are lush and fragrant. These sturdy roses are perfect for many climates and growing locations. New roses are species created after 1867 as hybrids. These roses are bred for size, colors and fragrance. Wild roses have grown wild for 1,000s of years. Many people incorporate wild roses into their gardens for character.

Moving Your Roses

It is okay to cut back your roses and move them. However, this needs to be done in either the spring or the fall. In the summer months, the roses might become damaged due to the extreme heat of the summer while moving them. When you move your roses, you will want to dig a large hole to plant them in. After the rose bush is in its new home, add an organic fertilizer.

Pruning Your Roses

You should prune your roses in the Spring ahead of their blooming season, but not in the Fall. During the fall months, you should cut off any dead areas. It is your goal to make sure your roses grow with an open center to allow maximum airflow. While pruning your roses, take the time to remove any dead or dying stalks or weak canes.

At Chambersville Tree Farms, we offer an extensive collection of roses for you to choose from. Please contact us today to learn more about growing roses or the variety that best suits your needs.

Dawn Redwoods on Sale!

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$125 Any Gallon Size

The dawn redwood is relatively maintenance-free and also fast growing. A large, narrow, pyramidal deciduous conifer. Bright green, soft, fern-like foliage turns to fall colors ranging from orange-brown to red-brown. This is a very special tree, historically as well as botanically. Consider giving it a home in your landscape and preserving one of the Earth’s most ancient of known species!


Versatile Landscaping with Japanese Maples

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Versatile Landscaping with Japanese maplesFor those craving a beautiful oriental sensibility in their gardens, you don’t have to look any further than the Japanese maple. A common fixture in Japanese gardening, this tree is known for its vibrant leaf color and unique shape. This tree has now grown in popularity in the US due to their versatility. Their fiery color looks lovely in the autumn season.

The Japanese Maple, or Acer palmatum, is named for its hand-shaped leaves. The trees have been cultivated throughout the world, resulting in many different varieties of these trees. To determine if the Japanese maple is right for your area, there are few considerations to remember!


1. The ornamental tree grows in a 5-8 hardiness zone, and matures to heights of 15-25′ and leaf spread is around 20′. This tree should be planted with plenty of room to grow.

2. Japanese maples prefer acidic, moist, loamy, rich, sandy, and well-drained and clay soils. It has low drought tolerance, so well-drained and moist soils will give the tree its best growing environment.

3. This trees tolerates partial shade and full sun. About 4 hours of unfiltered direct sunlight are optimal for this tree’s development.

The landscaping uses of this tree are limitless. In its healthy growing environment, this tree fills out into a beautiful rounded shape, but can also be grown into a shrub, dependent upon gardener choice. Around May and June flowers will bloom through insect pollination. These flowers are reddish stalks of an umbrella shape. One of the best things about Japanese maples are their easy maintenance. They have no known problems with disease, and provide a welcome shelter for all types of wildlife. If you’re looking for ornamental trees that are both versatile and striking, contact us regarding our Japanese maples today. We provide organically grown maples at a wholesale and retail prices.

Looking for Accent Evergreens? Check Out Blue Atlas Weeping Cedars

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Blue Atlas Weeping CedarsWhen many people think of evergreens, thoughts of Christmas trees and pine boughs come to mind. However, there is much more to evergreens than that. There are several species that bring something special to a Texas landscape and Blue Atlas Weeping Cedars are fine examples of that. Their scientific name is Cedrus atlantica ‘Galuca Pendula’ and you’ll find then on sale now at the Chambersville Tree Farm.

Blue Atlas Weeping Cedars are sold in 45-gallon containers or 34-inch boxes. By all landscaping standards, they are a relatively small species of drought-tolerant, slow-growing evergreen, which tends to reach a maximum height of 12 feet. We’d recommend placing Blue Atlas Weeping Cedars in sunny areas, wherever you’d like a great focal point.

Unlike other species of evergreen, Blue Atlas Weeping Cedars’ branches hang over in a manner similar to weeping willows. They stay green all year round and the needles often take on a pretty, silver-blue hue. It does not produce berries or flowers.  However, the trunk and branches may be trained to suit a Texas landscaper or home gardener’s accent needs.

When it comes to soil quality, this type of evergreen tends to prefer acidic, well-drained loam with plenty of space for its root system to grow. Its root system tends to spread out as well as go deep below the soil’s surface. And it will typically need to be watered routinely until the roots become established. In most instances, that will take a year from the evergreen’s initial planting.

Once the Blue Atlas Weeping Cedar has been established and trained, there is very little work that will need to be done to it other than the occasional pruning.  We’d recommend taking on that task in the winter. To learn more about the Blue Atlas Weeping Cedar and other good-looking evergreens, please contact us.

Beautify Your Landscaping With Crape Myrtles

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Beautify Your Landscaping With Crape MyrtlesTrees have long been used for shade in landscaping. They gracefully lend a sense of majesty and beauty. Trees impart a sense of ownership and history as well. Crape myrtles are a flowering tree that lend a sense of style and elegance to modern Texas landscapes.

Summer Flowering

Many trees flower for a few weeks in the spring and early summer. They then grow past the flowering stage as their blossoms turn into nuts or berries. The beauty of the flowers is a transitory condition and lasts a short time. This is not the case with crape myrtles. They display their beautiful flowers all summer and well into autumn for continued color in any landscape.

Large Color Variety

Crape myrtles come in many different colors. These range from white and pink flowers and go all the way through red and purple blossoms. This is dependent on the choice of tree chosen. Each variety of tree has its own color blossoms. This makes pairing the tree with a certain area or garden scheme an easy choice for color matching.

A Range Of Sizes

Making the choice to plant a tree depends on the size the tree will grow. This is not an issue with the crape myrtle tree. Sizes range from only 1 foot to trees that will grow up to 100 feet tall. The range of height gives these beautiful trees a wide variety of location options for the grower. Their use in large or small areas and their size makes them the perfect complement for any garden area.

There are a great deal of choices for crape myrtles and we have nearly 30 varieties available. Please contact us for help with choosing the perfect tree for your landscaping needs.

Testimonial: “I highly recommend Chambersville Tree Farm”

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Chambersville Tree Farm Testimonial:

Ever since I moved into my house 3 years ago, I have been unhappy with my landscaping.  The builders landscaper never listened to me and planted things that I didn’t want. I tried to redo things myself with no success.  I had a quote from another company, but it was $10K.  After finding out that Anna, from Chambersville Tree Farm, did landscape design, I had her come out to give me a quote.  She did an amazing job in completely transforming my beds from mismatched and ugly, to beautiful!  She stayed within a reasonable budget and even reused my existing plants.  For the first time in 3 years, I am proud of how beautiful the front of my house looks!  I highly recommend Anna, and Chambersville Tree Farm, they are a great company who puts their clients first!


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