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A Care Guide For The Cedar Elm

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The cedar elm is one of the most popular evergreen trees in Texas. It is an easy tree to care for and makes an excellent shade from the severe Texan summers. However, you need to care for them properly from the moment you plant them or they’ll struggle to thrive.

A Care Guide For The Cedar Elm

Start By Planting It In The Right Season

Don’t make the mistake of planting a cedar elm during the hottest time of the year. The best time to plant them is in late fall or early winter. Why? They are dormant during this period and won’t need as much water.

However, they will grow a little which will make them more ready to grow fully in the spring and summer.

Mulching With Hardwood

Just before spring comes around, spread a hardwood mulch around the base of your cedar elm. This will help keep the water close its roots and help it grow.

Spread it evenly around the base of the tree, in a circle about three or four feet from the trunk. This will fully cover the soil near the base of the tree and help it retain water more fully.

Properly Watering

The cedar elm doesn’t need a heavy input of water to be healthy. Simply stick a small hose into the mulch near the base and let water drain out in a slow dribble. This will very slowly add water to the soil and let it spread out evenly.

Water it in this way at least once a week during wet seasons and daily during dry weather. Water it for no more than four or five hours in this way.

By following this guide, your cedar elm will thrive and provide your home with wonderful shade. To learn more about the cedar elm or other evergreen trees, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Tree Health: The Basics

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Tree Health: The Basics

Trees are beautiful additions to your landscaping projects, and relatively low-maintenance once they are established. Here are a few tips to consider when planting your new tree.

You want to set your tree up for a healthy life, this means planting them with a few key things in mind, starting with oxygen. Tree roots need oxygen to thrive – this starts with the digging of the hole. A saucer-shaped hole is best – roots like to stretch out as they grow and this is easier if they have a wider hole rather than a deeper one. Depth can be determined by the root ball; the top should peek just above the ground. Width can be anywhere from three to five times the width of the root ball, or two to three times the length of the trunk.

Remember to remove the burlap from around the tree so the roots can easily bed themselves into the soil. Take the dirt from digging the hole, break it up, and use it to plant the tree. This native soil promotes water drainage better than denser, fertilized soil – this can prevent suffocation, root rot, and other issues which can harm a newly planted tree. Fertilizer is important and can be done successfully by fertilizing the top soil around the tree so the nutrients can leach down to the roots.

Fertilize the top soil twice a year to provide the tree with healthy nutrients consistently. Pruning promotes nutrient intake into the limbs and thus giving you a healthy looking tree, more importantly for smaller trees. Cut limbs all the way back. Leaving small nubs can invite insects which can decrease tree health.

Mulch can be good for trees, especially in colder climates, as long as the mulch isn’t compacted to the point that it cuts off the oxygen flow through the soil.

There is a lot of great information about growing healthy, beautiful trees. Contact us for more great resources.

Choose Crape Myrtles for a Profusion of Summer Flowers

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Now that fall is yielding and winter is just around the corner you can settle in and start dreaming about summer flowers. When it comes to landscaping planning ahead is always a plus.  The riot of spring’s colorful blooms is beginning to fade, the crape myrtle tree comes to the rescue to restore the landscape with floral beauty.

Choose Crape Myrtles for a Profusion of Summer Flowers

A single crape myrtle used as an ornamental tree makes a striking focal point for a front yard statement planting. Alternatively, a series of crape myrtles gracing a walkway, driveway, or property boundary gives a stunning presentation, especially when the trees are all of the same variety.

North Texas presents the perfect environment for crape myrtle trees to flourish. The trees flower for extended periods during the summer months, and some, if the dried blooms are clipped off, will blossom twice in one season.

For many admirers, the crape myrtle’s unusual bark further enhances the visual appeal of these trees. Southern Living Magazine, which calls the crape myrtle “the essential southern plant,” advises gardeners to “gradually remove side branches up to a height of 4–5 ft.; this exposes the handsome bark of the trunks.”

The crape myrtle could be a “show-stopping addition” to the yard, according to the Arbor Day website. It lists the following aspects among the tree’s many benefits:

  • A profusion of flowers
  • Attraction for bees
  • Habitat for birds
  • Grows in a variety of soils
  • Grows in limited soil space
  • Has some drought tolerance

Crape myrtles grown in North Texas require minimal maintenance. Initial planting with an appropriate boost of fertilizer to nurture their establishment is generally all that is required. The trees are available in numerous varieties for different colors of blossom and ranges of height at maturity. These plants can be grown as trees or as shrubs, depending on the particular cultivar chosen and the pruning strategy employed.

Actually, the height of the common crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is one of the advantages of these trees. Growing to between 15 and 25 feet in height with a 6- to 15-foot spread in what is commonly called a vase shape, the crape myrtles are tall enough to provide shade from summer’s heat yet not so tall as to severely damage nearby structures in case of storms. No worries if you prefer to plant them close to your home for the beautiful view and the benefits of early morning or late evening shade.

Stop by Chambersville Tree Farm to see the extensive selection of crape myrtles that are on hand. Or contact us for more information about how to use this gorgeous southern plant to enhance your home and garden.

Plants: Think Wintergreen and Sustainability

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When we think of gardens, we think of greenery. Over the past several decades, there has been increasing interest in green gardens where green means not just the color, but the degree of environmental friendliness. There are ways to grow a garden that is green in both respects.

Plants: Think Wintergreen and Sustainability

One of the finest shrubs for the winter season is wintergreen. It’s very attractive (and was certainly named appropriately), with large dark green leaves and, in the winter, bright red berries. (It’s like a holly bush in color scheme.) That makes it particularly attractive as a holiday season choice.

Wintergreen is also a sustainability favorite because it is edible! You can chew the leaves and they taste like wintergreen mint.

Now, for the environmentally conscious green! When thinking about how to plant a winter garden, think about how you would go lightly on the earth. That means not taxing Mother Nature’s resources, like water. People in the U.S. use a startling amount of water on their gardens and lawns—according to the National Wildlife Federation, from 30% to 70% of all the water they use.

So the first green step you can take is to conserve water. This is an easy step in the winter. Simply purchase a barrel or tall can from a home store or a garden center. Put it outside to catch the rain. Use rainwater as your gardening water.

Wintergreen is also a hardy plant so is unlikely to need pesticides, a huge pollutant.

Finally, it’s green because, like every plant, is removes carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas from the air and breathes out oxygen.

Contact us today for more information about our inventory.

Plants Create A Year Round Color Blast

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With summer being over now is the time to choose your plants and trees for your landscaping needs. When creating a landscape, it is important to keep in mind selections for all seasons. Our area may not experience the season extremes of our Northern neighbors but remember for optimum color and showiness a tree, shrub, or flower requires different water, fertilizers, and the sunshine at different times of the year. Here are some customer favorites and a few suggestions to get those creative juices flowing.

Plants Create A Year Round Color Blast

Evergreens – At Chambersville Tree Farm we have the grandest of Arborvitae to the smallest of Junipers. Evergreens create year-round color, are easy to care for and house our feathered and furry friends.

Japanese Maples – Bring your lawn chair and sit next to one of our 35 varieties of Japanese Maples and watch the day float by. The color and size choices will surprise you.

Fruit Trees – Which is your favorite? Purple plum, golden peach, bright orange nectarine? The scent of springtime blooms makes the anticipation of the peach juice running down your chin worth the wait.

And who can pass by Crape Myrtles? With 20 varieties and plenty of these summer bloomers on hand, CTF is sure to complete your landscape with these color-filled beauties.

These are just a few ideas for you to choose from here at Chambersville Tree Farm. Located a short drive from Dallas, our stock is organically grown and CTF offers competitive pricing to both wholesale customers and the general public. Please contact us. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to answer your questions.

Trees for the future

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We live in a world that is forever exploring options for the wisest investments. Our goal is to leave the world in a better place for future generations and give them a place to grow and receive inspiration from their own environments. To plant a tree is to invest in the future of your community, your home, and your planet.Trees for the future

At Chambersville Tree Farms, we offer a wide variety of trees that will enhance any home or garden. Whether you prefer the majesty of a mighty oak or wish to add a southern flair with a graceful magnolia, our inventory has just the right plants for any property.

Create a zen garden with more than 35 different varieties of Japanese maples to choose from. Our ornamental blossoming trees offer some of the most eye-popping shades of the season with pungent scents that are a treat for the soul as well the eyes.

For a true investment in the future, consider planting a fruit tree. The pleasure of a graceful, shady tree is magnified with fragrant blossoms and crowned with the harvest of homegrown, natural fruit–assets that return each year.

Trees add life and vigor to any landscape. They create a sense of stability and add color to rural and urban settings alike. In the mad, scrambling race for security in this world, it is wise to pursue another kind of green that will stand the test of time.

For more information and assistance making your own natural investment in your neighborhood or workplace, contact us.

Join us at the Fall Garden Show in Denison!

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Join us at the Fall Garden Show in Denison!

Sometimes Small Trees Make a Big Difference!

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There is no doubt about it- giant shade trees can be the crowning glory of your property, and a real asset to have during blistering summer heat waves. But that same cooling shade that your massive trees provide can also have a detrimental effect on the growth of foliage that struggles to survive in its shade. Through proper tree trimming and branch thinning, enough sunlight may filter through to the ground beneath to support an adequate amount of lawn growth, but sometimes, even in spite of a property owner’s best efforts, a ragged, splotchy lawn emerges.

Sometimes Small Trees Make a Big Difference!

If you are searching for a small to medium-sized tree that will provide a good amount of shade without killing your lawn, consider the Chilopsis linearis, otherwise known as a Bubba Desert Willow.

With a mature size of approximately fifteen feet high, and fifteen feet wide, a Bubba Desert Willow has the ability to cast a beautiful afternoon shadow on your lawn, porch, or patio, while not blocking sunlight from the ground beneath it. Once established, this tree can tolerate both our sweltering Texas heat, and our dry summer spells. One of the best features about this tree, not counting its rather undignified nickname, is its showy pink blooms that appear throughout the spring and early summer.

It has been said that “good things come in little packages,” and trees are no exception. To learn more about small trees that can provide shade for your property without having a detrimental effect on your lawn, contact us today!

Enhance Your Landscape With Colorful Roses

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Enhance Your Landscape With Colorful RosesOften, when people think of roses, they think of the traditional bouquet consisting of a dozen red roses, usually reserved for Valentine’s Day or another special occasion. Fortunately, we’re here to let you know that it is entirely possible, and affordable, to enjoy a variety of roses anytime you have a desire to add some color and fragrance to your life.

Chambersville Tree Farm prides itself on providing north central Texas with a range of unique, vibrant roses. In fact, with over 200 varieties in stock, you would be hard pressed to find a type we don’t have, or can’t obtain. At our discount prices, you can afford to add a new assortment to your garden every week, creating your very own outdoor oasis.

In line with our Texas pride, we offer one of the most well-known roses, The Yellow Rose of Texas! Although this song actually refers to a lovely lady, the love interest of a soldier in General Sam Houston’s brigade during the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, the yellow rose has become a symbol of the Lone Star State. In fact, history states that a New York lawyer by the name of George Harison, who was also a rose enthusiast, crossed a “Persian Yellow” with a “Scotch Briar Rose,” and called his creation “Harison’s Yellow.” This Yellow Rose of Texas became known for its hardy nature, being resistant to disease, and thereby making it the perfect choice for settlers to bring west. They planted this beautiful flower at every stop along the way, and the Yellow Rose of Texas is now naturalized as far west as California.

Contact us for more information on our extensive selection of roses, or stop by for a tour of our Chambersville Heritage Rose Garden. Life is more beautiful in color.

Top Reasons Why Your Magnolia Is Having Trouble Budding

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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.

Top Reasons Why Your Magnolia Is Having Trouble BuddingThrips 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.