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How to Plant Japanese Maples

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How to Plant Japanese Maples

‘Inaba Shidare’ Japanese Maple


Very few trees are as stunning as Japanese Maples. With their vibrant red leaves and charcoal bark they are a lovely addition to any garden or commercial plot. If you have purchased one of these eye-catching trees or are planning to here are a few simple tips to go about planting it.

1. Location location location!

Japanese Maples prefer dappled shade, so any piece of ground near the thick foliage of older trees where sunlight still filters through is ideal for planting these trees. However, if this is not an option in your garden fear not any place that receives diluted sunlight will do.

2. Digging the hole.

You want the hole for your Japanese maple 2 to 3 times wider than the root ball. As this tree has shallower roots the wider you dig your hole the better. Also because of this you do not want to dig your hole very deep, it should be slightly shallower than the root ball.

3. Filling the hole.

To properly fill the hole you just dug, mix the native soil with 50% organic matter such as compost, soil conditioner or leaf mold. Then place the Japanese Maple in the center of the hole and fill it halfway with the soil you just mixed. Water the root ball and soil around it thoroughly, then fill in the rest of the soil. (The Japanese Maple should be slightly above ground level.)

4. Mulching

Surround the Japanese Maple with 2-3 inches of mulch (pine needles, pine bark or finely chopped leaves). This stabilizes the ground temperature and retains moisture.

5. Water!

Like most young trees Japanese Maples need to be watered regularly to successfully take root. So after you’ve planted your maple make sure to water once or twice a week for the first couple years.

If you have any questions or are interested in buying a Japanese Maple please contact us. We carry over 35 varieties of this beautiful tree to choose from in a wide selection of sizes, so we’re sure to have the right tree to suit your needs.


Digging a Proper Hole For Your New Tree

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Digging a Proper Hole For Your New TreePreparing a proper hole is a vital first step to planting a new tree or bush. Many novice gardeners, by failing to prepare a proper hole, set their new plant up for undue stress, which can hinder the establishment of a strong root system. Digging an appropriately sized hole is necessary for long-term tree health, so before you grab your long-handled shovel, consider the following:

  1. Depth – The hole should be as deep as the root ball or root mass. If you are planting in an area with poorly drained soil, dig a hole about two inches shallower than your root system. This will allow your tree to take in oxygen through its uppermost roots, and prevent it from drowning in saturated soil.
  2. Width – Here is where most gardeners go wrong. A good hole should be at least twice the diameter of the root system. Roots will quickly grow into surrounding soil that has been both loosened and improved.
  3. Nutritious soil –  To make sure your new tree or plant has plenty of nutrients to support establishment and new growth, you may need to amend your soil with nitrogen-rich organic compost. Be careful to add the compost to the entire hole, not just where the immediate root system lies. Otherwise, your roots will remain in that small area, and not venture out into the surrounding soil, which hopefully, you have already prepared by digging a hole that is at least twice the diameter of your plant’s root system.

Believe it or not, the Texas State Historical Association’s division of land resources recognizes over 1,300 different soil types in our state. If you are unsure of the attributes of soil on your property, a soil test may help you determine which plants would flourish on you property, or if your soil needs specific amendments. Contact us to learn more.

From Top to Bottom: Important Tips for Tree Health

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From Top to Bottom: Important Tips for Tree HealthA healthy tree is a happy tree. But when a tree’s health is compromised, the obvious signs of its ill-health are like a beacon for aid. Calling out in subtle ways that, when caught early enough, can save the tree.

Trees should be examined regularly for negative and potentially deadly diseases and problems, and late summer/early fall is the best time to be on the look out for hazards that can lead to limb loss or even tree death.

Don’t know what to look for? Here are some warning signs that your tree’s health is in danger.

Begin at the ground. The soil is the first thing you should look at. Near the root entrance, look for signs of fungus growth (an indicator of rot or decay) and other obvious defects, like hollow cavities or dead spots. Cracked soil or raised ground near the tree’s base are also a sign that the tree is uprooting, and it’s time to act.

From there, move to the trunk. A crack or split in the tree could quickly lead to a toppled tree. Identify spots where there is little to no bark. No bark could mean a dead section or a bout of fungus. If you see sawdust, insects have burrowed inside the decay and could be slowly eating the tree inside. Any of these signs means it’s time to call a certified arborist to save the tree.

Finally, take a close look at the branches. Dead branches are natural, but an over abundance of dead branches, or a surprising lack of needles falling from a pine tree might mean that decay is present. For larger, upper-level branches, you’ll need an aerial view. For the best results, hire an aborist to perform an aerial inspection to look for decay that may not be present from the ground.

For more information on how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us for all of your tree needs. Want to visit? We are located just a short drive from Dallas and 12 miles northwest of McKinney in the small community of Chambersville.

Can You Plant Roses in Fall? Yes You Can!

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Can You Plant Roses in Fall? Yes You Can!Though fall is ideal for planting flowers for spring, is it right for planting roses?

While many gardeners would argue that some variety of roses have “special” times of year that work best for things like trimming, does that mean they also have a time of year that works best for planting?

Because we hold roses close to our hearts, and because of what they symbolize, we often view them as having special needs, which includes planting times.

But as it turns out, just like with most plants, roses don’t have a special planting time. Also, as it turns out, fall might just be ideal for planting roses!

This point, while not necessarily true for colder, northern states, holds true here in Texas. So to ensure that your rose planting is successful (even if you wait until next fall), here are a few tips to ensure a great start.

Wait until the nights get just a little cool before planting. Think of how it feels in late September. That’s perfect for roses. You can even wait until early October if the weather is still nice. Otherwise, if you wait until November, you might have missed the opportunity.

Because you want a strong root structure, don’t fertilize when you plant. Fertilizer can encourage too much top growth, and you want your newly planted beauties to grow strong roots for winter, which encourages a lovely spring bloom.

Leave the pruning for after spring. Having an open wound on a newly planted rose bush encourages cold weather to harm the plant, so hold off on the trimming.

Mulch fairly heavily around the rose plant. Mulch keeps the ground warm, which in turn helps roots establish. It also traps moisture and prevents cold from affecting the rose negatively.

Follow these tips and, come spring, watch the fruits of your labor grow into a beautiful, flourished and flowering rose bush.

Fore more information on how we can help you, please contact us any time.

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!