You are a major fan of magnolias and you can’t wait to see your buds open up. Unfortunately, even in warm weather, they don’t seem to want to do that. Even worse, your neighbor’s buds have already opened and look beautiful. What is going on with your beautiful ornamental trees? Find out our Top Reasons Why Your Magnolia Is Having Trouble Budding.
Thrips May Be Out
Thrips are small pests that love feeding on flower buds, especially the magnolia. Look for these small green insects on your buds and treat them with a light dose of pesticide to get rid of them. Wait a few days and continue to apply pesticide, as needed, in order to control their population.
The Tree May Be Dead
A severe winter may actually have killed your magnolia or severely impacted its health. Check it regularly for signs of failure, including bark falling off or leaves and branches creaking when moved. A dead magnolia must be removed to keep you and your family safe.
Your Buds May Be Rotting
Sadly, in extremely cold weather, magnolia buds can actually die and start to rot. Obviously, if they are rotting, they aren’t going to open. Checking your magnolia buds for signs of rotting is simple. Look at the stem for signs that the buds are falling apart or that sections of the flower are falling off. All you can do in this situation is clip the buds and wait for their replacements to grow.
If your magnolia buds are refusing to open and you can’t figure out why, please contact us today. We can help you find a solution and restore your magnolia buds to good health.
Is it time for a yard makeover? Adding semi-mature decorative trees to your yard is a great option for adding instant curb appeal. Time is of the essence for most Texans so here’s a list of our top reasons to make over your yard with pre-grown decorative trees.
Give Your Property an Instant Upgrade
When planting tree seeds patience and proper tree care is a must. Trees take years to grow to a decent size, and you can be left with a pretty boring-looking yard in the meantime. With pre-grown trees, you can give your property an upgraded look right away. This is an especially good idea if you don’t have a mature property.
Healthy Tree Guarantee
There is no guarantee that the tree seed planted will grow healthy. Tree farms offer a wide variety of the same type of tree and you can see the condition of the tree before you add it to your yard. Having a tree that is already grown then planting into your yard will boost its chances of survival due to the care it has received.
Effortless Tree Care
Taking care of older trees can be a lot easier and lot more forgiving. Unless you have a lot of time or are passionate about gardening, you’ll probably be happy to go the easier route so that you don’t have to spend as much time tending to your seedling. Instead, you can simply prune your tree when it needs it and enjoy it the rest of the time.
If you are looking for beautiful, healthy pre-grown trees, contact us at Chambersville Tree Farm. We offer all sorts of decorative trees, so you’re sure to find a few that are perfect for your property.
Many people don’t think about tree health until strong winds, pests, or disease have noticeably damaged their trees. While it’s impossible to protect your yard from all possible risks to tree health, regularly checking your trees for common signs of poor health can often help you take care of your trees before they’re damaged beyond repair.
Your tree is physically injured during a storm.
Trees can easily become damaged during storms, which is why it’s important to check for any cracked or fallen branches after you’ve experienced any strong weather in your area. A damaged tree that is neglected can become a hazard if parts of the tree begin to decay and become structurally unstable.
You notice unfamiliar bark patterns, rot, leaf growths, or other signs of infestation.
In addition to blunt force injuries, many trees are damaged by pest infestations. There are many different types of insect that can cause damage to trees, including mites, moths, and beetles.
You notice decay or blight, or your tree’s leaves uncharacteristically change color.
Aside from deciduous trees losing their leaves in the fall, sudden changes in a tree’s appearance are often signs of a health problem. If your tree begins to drop is leaves, or you notice that the tree’s branches are beginning to rot and lose their bark, this is often a sign that the tree needs treatment.
Now that summer has arrived, many residents across our area are looking to get their home ready for family get-togethers and backyard barbecues. Along with keeping your grass trimmed, pressure washing driveways and sidewalks, and replacing that worn-out door mat that has so faithfully welcomed friends and visitors into your home, we would like to suggest a few other ways to make your outdoor living space perfect for hosting a gathering for your friends and family members.
What is a backyard barbecue without a shade tree? If your property suffers from a significant lack of shade, consider planting one strategically placed, quick-growing variety, such as a maple. Your guests will thank you for your thoughtfulness and be amazed at its change in size at their next visit!
Need to spruce up your deck before your annual cookout? Consider adding a small potted variety, such as a juniper, to your space. Many varieties can take the heat of summer and hold up well in dry conditions, making it the perfect addition to your deck or patio.
Giving overgrown bushes and shrubs a good trim is a great way to freshen up the look of your home before guests arrive, however, if this is a task that has been routinely neglected at your home, it may be easier to simply re-plant the bushes that make up your hedge and also decorate your yard. Or course, re-planting is more of an investment, however, instead of pruning and then waiting for new growth to appear, your curb appeal will be instantly improved as your hedge is transformed by new shrubs.
Whether you need advice on proper pruning techniques or are looking to buy the healthiest and most vibrant plants available, the folks at our McKinney tree farm are always happy to serve you.
To find the perfect plants and trees that will brighten up your property just in time for your summer get-togethers, contact us today!
There’s indisputably something romantic about crape myrtles. Throughout the summer, they become heavy with perfume and drenched in colors that rouse people’s passions. Then when autumn chases away the stifling heat, it’s the crape myrtles‘ leaves that give the trees a dramatic edge. Winter is for pruning and as for spring, it’s the time to plant them throughout Chambersville Tree Farm.
At Chambersville Tree Farm, we’re excited about the 20+ varieties of Crape Myrtles that we currently have in stock. They come in a parade of trendy and classic colors. Among them are burgundy, red, purple, pink and white chocolate. They are all extremely hardy and love the Texas weather. So find a place for them in spots where they’re most likely to experience sun, rain and mildly alkaline or acidic soil.
Just remember that like hydrangea and other southern staples, the soil’s pH level has a heavy hand in determining the Crape Myrtle’s coloring. Thus, to ensure that the blooms stay true to the colors commonly associated with each hybrid, be sure to check the soil. And please, allow each variety to have at least 15-inches of spread space. Otherwise as it matures, it may need to be trimmed sooner than later.
Speaking of pruning, our Crape Myrtle experts would be happy to discuss the best ways to shape the fast growing beauties. Of course there shouldn’t be any need to do that until much later in the year. For now, it’s important to get the root balls into the ground, watered and fertilized before bloom time. Again, the trees tend to do that in the summer months.
And as they bloom, remember to keep an eye out for common pests. Examples include aphids, black and powder molds. To learn more about getting Crepe Myrtles into the ground before most trees are expected to bloom, please contact us today.
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.
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.
Many 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 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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.