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How to Ensure a Long, Healthy Life For Your Trees

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When you decide to add more trees to your landscape, you should do it in a way that guarantees their longevity.  Since each tree has its own specific needs, you’ll want to learn the basics that are required in order to ensure a long, healthy life for your trees.

How to Ensure a Long, Healthy Life For Your Trees

Set Them Up for Optimal Growth and Longevity

With proper trimming, you can make sure that your trees continue to grow healthily, which is necessary for them to enjoy a long-lasting life. It is most important to get tree trimming services during the growth stage of trees, but you also want to maintain mature ones with routine trimming as well.

Feel Confident in the Services

When you decide to get tree trimming from professionals, you can feel confident that your trees are handled in the greatest manner possible. Also, if your trees have health-related problems, a professional will make sure to bring them up before they trim them.

Avoid Harming Your Trees

All it takes is a single mistake for a tree to start having long-term issues. After spending so much time nurturing a tree to bring it to adulthood, you do not want to experience this kind of predicament. Also, these professionals can give you any advice that you might want regarding the daily care of your trees.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about our selection of trees and how we care for them.

Choosing the Right Trees for Your Soil

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Choosing the Right Trees for Your SoilMany factors go into choosing the right trees, such as the amount of light that will hit that particular spot in your property on a regular basis, and the visual appearance of an area. However once you have chosen your new tree and the spot it will be planted, it is time to turn your attention to preparing the soil. According to the Texas State Historical Association, there are over 1,300 different types of soil present in our state and each soil type bears its own distinct characteristics. While some of the trees we grow can thrive in a wide variety of conditions, others are much more particular, and will need a little encouragement to be able to grow and thrive under certain conditions.

Trees can be quite an investment, and we understand that you will want to do everything you can to ensure a long, healthy life from the trees you purchase. In order to be certain your new tree will both survive and thrive in your soil, we recommend having your soil tested.

Soil tests are able to determine any mineral or nutrient deficiencies, measure the soil’s pH, or determine its acidity and alkalinity. Since the nutrient needs of various trees vary, we strongly suggest that you have your soil tested before deciding on the tree to be planted. That way, you can either amend your soil appropriately for your chosen tree, or you can choose a tree that is better suited to the soil composition.

To learn more about soil testing, or for help determining which type of tree would grow best in your particular soil, contact us.

The Yellow Rose of Texas: Heartfelt Song and Lovely Rose

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The Yellow Rose is an iconic image in Texas. But why the Yellow Rose? Many legends have evolved over the history of Colonial Texas. Settlers were moving in to stake their claims and tame the land. There were conflicts. There were battles. It was hot and dusty.  It is not hard to imagine why those in the thick of these times dreamed of beautiful roses.

The Yellow Rose of Texas: Heartfelt Song and Lovely Rose

The Song

The Yellow Rose of Texas is a folk song written just before “General Sam Houston led his brigade of Texas loyalists against the army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.” It is a soldier’s love letter to his hearts desire and a song of loss and yearning that comforted those that longed for a sweeter time.

Shortly after being published the song gained worldwide popularity. Minstrels in Europe sang the song as they roamed the countryside.  Civil War soldiers marched into battle singing, “She’s the sweetest little flower…” When the war was over those returning home carried the hopes of returning to the warm embrace of their “Yellow Rose of Texas.”

The Rose

We know from the song that the composer was not singing about a flower but a lovely lady. However, among flowers, there is not a lovelier lady than the rose. “In “Rose” literature, the Old Garden Rose most frequently associated with the “Yellow Rose of Texas” is Harrison’s Yellow.

History goes that a New York Lawyer and rose enthusiast named George Harrison crossed a ‘Persian Yellow’ with a ‘Scotch Briar Rose’ and called his creation ‘Harison’s Yellow.’ People admired his Yellow Rose of Texas for its resistance to disease, hardiness, and vigor.  Settlers carried Harrison’s Rose west and planted it where ever they stopped. Today this species is naturalized as far west as California.

The Yellow Rose of Texas; a heartfelt song and a lovely rose that lives on in the heart of Texas.  Whether the Harrison Yellow is your perfect Yellow Rose of Texas or not does not matter. What matters is that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Contact Chambersville Tree Farm today to find out what roses will fill your heart and your garden joy.

Top 4 Tips For Keeping Your Plants Healthy This Spring

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With spring around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to keep your plants healthy this upcoming season. Here are a few tips for springtime plant care:

Be sure that your soil is fertilized for optimal growth.

Fertilizer can give plants the nutrients they need to grow well, especially if you live in an area without naturally rich topsoil. Be careful not to over-fertilize, however; it’s better to start out with small amounts than to risk burning plants with fertilizer.

Top 4 Tips For Keeping Your Plants Healthy This Spring

Mulch your beds.

Once you’ve fertilized your soil, you’ll probably want to consider mulching your plant beds. This will help plants maintain a more stable temperature, and will also improve water retention. Before mulching, it’s essential to remove any debris that may have built up during the winter months. You’ll also want to be careful not to accidentally smother any new plants.

Test your soil pH to make sure that it’s right for your plants.

Many people sure don’t realize that soil acidity plays a major role in plant health. If you haven’t had your soil tested, you might want to consider investing in a test kit to check that your soil isn’t too alkaline or too acidic for your plants.

Remember that spring is the best time for transplanting.

Spring is the best time for many plants, such as tress, to be transplanted. This means that now is the time to think about adding new plants to your current landscaping.

Are you thinking of adding more trees to your landscape design this year? Please contact us to find out more about the variety of organically grown trees that we offer.

When To Fertilize Evergreens

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When To Fertilize Evergreens

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If you love evergreens, you know how easy they are to take care of most of the time. Usually, you rarely have to excessively water or fertilize them at all. However, fertilization may be a requirement for evergreens under certain circumstances.

Generally speaking, evergreen trees don’t require as much fertilizing as their deciduous cousins. There’s a simple explanation for that: their needles provide them with year-round energy and help keep them healthy and strong during the tough winter months. In fact, you may not have to use fertilizer at all to promote growth in your evergreen trees.

However, if your evergreen trees are growing slowly or if the needles are off-color (such as brown or blue), you should consider fertilizing. Fertilizer will help promote healthier, stronger trees and even propel them to grow a little faster. However, you have to make sure that you apply just enough fertilizer and at the right times.

You’re going to want to use fertilizer with more nitrogen, rather than phosphorous or potassium. There is a reason for that: evergreen trees respond more quickly to nitrogen than they do other nutrients. The best time to fertilize is in the early spring months, such as April. Fertilizing much later is generally pointless, as it rarely gives your evergreen trees enough time to absorb the nutrients.

And never, ever fertilize your evergreen trees during a drought! The fertilizer will make it more difficult for them to absorb water and can cause tree damage or even death.

If you have any more questions about evergreen fertilization or general care, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more. We can help you take better care of your evergreens.

For a Memorable Landscape Add Purple Pearls

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For a Memorable Landscape Add Purple Pearls

Yes, some North Texas trees have the potential to leave lawns overflowing with gorgeous colors but they’re not the only ones. Select shrubs have the ability to fill a property with lovely blooms too, including purple pearls. You may ask, “What are purple pearls?” For starters, you’ll find them here in three-gallon buckets.  They are a type of shrub that goes by the scientific name, Callicarpa Americana.

Some North Texas tree farms also refer to them as beauty berry bushes. Can you guess why? That’s right; they produce the most fetching, little, edible berries. The berries, which appear in North Texas during the fall months, typically have a striking, purple hue. However, some hybrid berries are known to sport various pink, blue and white hues. As for the shrubs these little beauties call home, they tend to grow wide and tall.

Thus, North Texans may plant them as border shrubs or spot ornamentals. However, the flowering shrubs do need certain conditions in place in order to thrive.  Based on our experience, we’d urge residents to plant them in partially shaded areas that have excellent drainage and access to loam. The loam helps to keep the shrub’s root system moist and stable throughout the year.

If loam is not available, property owners may want to either amend their estate’s soil or choose a location with lots of sand. Sand, as many Texans know, may help shrubs’ root systems retain moisture as well. Similar is true of organic, wood mulch and hay. However, too much of a good soaking may leave the shrubs vulnerable to diseases, including black mold. So care must be taken when it comes to manual watering.

To find out more about beauty berries and other flowering shrubs that do well here, please contact our North Texas tree experts today.

Japanese Maples Are Beautiful Trees

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Japanese Maples Are Beautiful Trees

Japanese maples are beautiful trees. The term “Japanese maple” used to mean any tree that was native to Japan. It now refers to a specific species, the tree species Acer japonicum and Acer palmatum. There are currently over 500 cultivated varieties of Japanese maples.

The trees are popular for their color and their leaves. Some show a second color during the fall. They are created by grafting the top part of the plant to the root-stock. The leaves are variegated. Some parts of the leaves do not contain chlorophyll, and therefore are not green. There can be unusual coloration beyond variegation such as star resemblances, thread-like stripes, tiny dots, and green blotching.

In the 1940’s many Japanese maples were used for firewood. The land where they had resided was converted to food production. There has been a comeback of this beautiful tree since then.

In the hot Texas summers, Japanese maples like to shelter in the shade of larger canopy trees. If they are planted in full sun, the leaves will scorch. Even if the full leaf does not scorch, the tips will. Dappled sun is better. As a matter of fact, it is not only better, but necessary. Along with providing semi-shade for the tree, consider the soil. Japanese maples like moist and well-draining soil. They also prefer slightly acidic soil. The mature tree will grow from six to eight feet wide and 15 to 20 feet tall. Therefore, think about where you plant your tree. You don’t want it too close to the home, business, a sign, a fence, the driveway, road, or power lines.

Contact us if you are considering carrying Japanese maples for your retail sales, or if you want to use them in your commercial landscaping. We currently have over fifty different varieties in stock.

A Nursery is an Ideal Place for Improving Your Landscape

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A Nursery Is an Ideal Place for Improving Your LandscapeAlthough it is certainly possible to go to a home improvement store to make your plant or tree purchases, the employees that work at these stories are generally not strong specialists in the field. If you do not have landscaping experience, you want to exercise great caution with the decisions that you make. As a result, you will benefit from going to a nursery to get the things that you need to improve your landscape.

Well-Maintained Plants and Trees

Nurseries are known for having plants and trees that are well-maintained, which is exactly what you need to create a beautiful landscape that is bound to thrive with appropriate care.

Extensive Knowledge

Another quality that nurseries boast is extensive knowledge from the employees. If they specialize in certain plants or trees, they can typically provide you with all of the information that you need for general care, and you can call them at any time to get details about fixing problems that you might have.

Impressive Selection

Since a nursery’s focus is to provide plants and trees for their customers, they will undoubtedly have an impressive selection to choose from. A large selection is perfect for customizing your landscape to meet your exact wants and needs. Nurseries also carry various sizes for most or all of the plants and trees that they carry, so you can start with young plants or get a large and semi-mature tree right away.

Improving your landscape is a tough thing to accomplish when you decide to do it on your own. If you want help with making the best decisions for your landscape, contact Chambersville Tree Farm today!

Keeping Fruit Trees Healthy Year-Round

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Keeping Fruit Trees Healthy Year-Round Gardeners or hobby farmers who are fortunate enough to have fruit trees on their property can testify to the feeling of accomplishment and self-reliance that comes when being able to walk out to your yard, pluck a perfectly ripe piece of fruit, and savor its juicy sweetness only moments after picking. Being able to grow your own fruit takes the concept of “fresh fruit” to a whole new level.

As any seasoned gardener will tell you, maintaining proper fruit tree health all year, not just during the growing season, will result in a big pay off when harvest time rolls around. In order to ensure your fruit trees are strong and ready to bear, we would like to offer the following suggestions for your consideration:

1. Ensure your fruit trees are receiving adequate water. Watering is especially important after the tree has set fruit, but routine watering during the entire year will contribute to the overall health of the tree. Many times, novice gardeners neglect to provide sufficient water while the tree is still a sapling and during the dormant season. While a tree’s need for moisture is less during these times, it still needs a regular drink, even if a small one.

2. Ensure your fruit trees are receiving proper nutrition. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are all necessary for trees to bear fruit, and maintaining a healthy balance among the three nutrients is important. A soil analysis would provide valuable information regarding deficiencies.

3. Remember, sometimes less is more. Reducing the overall pieces of fruit a tree bears is a technique known as “thinning.” By strategically removing some of the fruit while it is still small, the tree is able to put its energy into increasing the quality of the remaining fruit. Some trees, such as apricot trees, will drop fruit before fully developed if not thinned.

4. Proper care of your fruit trees does not end with the harvest. Avoid inviting pests and disease-causing pathogens into your yard by cleaning up any overripe or rotting fruit at the end of the growing season.

In a perfect world, the care and keeping of fruit trees would be effortless. Unfortunately, growing your own fruit isn’t quite as easy as sticking a sapling in a hole, then returning to find fruit on it at harvest time. However, the experts at Chambersville Tree Farm are standing by to answer any questions you have, or offer our suggestions on how you, too, can see an extravagant harvest from your trees. Contact us to learn more.

Add a Splash of Color to Your Yard with Crape Myrtles

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Add a Splash of Color to Your Yard with Crape MyrtlesOf all the plants we sell at Chambersville Tree Farm, crape myrtles are one of the most popular. With its beautiful, showy flowers that appear late in the summer, and its delicate crinkled bark, this tree is a great addition to any property because of their unique versatility. Crape myrtles can be planted in a linear fashion to form an interesting hedge to divide a yard from a neighboring property, or, because of its color, can be used as a focal point in a corner of a property.

Crape myrtles come in a variety of colors. The ‘Centenial’ species produces bright purple flowers that provide an amazing pop of color against the tree’s grayish bark. The ‘Natchez’ variety produces white flowers that stand out in contrast to its cinnamon colored brown bark.  If you are looking to add a splash of red to your surroundings, consider planting the ‘Watermelon Red’ variety, which changes to a golden auburn hue in the fall.

The crape myrtle prefers moist, well-drained soil and grows very well in warm, sunny locations. It is drought tolerant, but requires some deliberate watering during unusually dry summers. The tree grows quickly, and can quickly take on a bush-like appearance if not properly cared for. Suckers will insistently sprout from its trunk; removing them will help the tree put more energy into flowering and will contribute to the neat, clean look you desire on your property.

To learn more about maintaining your crape myrtles or for more information about how crape myrtles can add a splash of color to your property, contact us today!