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.
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. 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.
Although 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.
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.
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!
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.
Of 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!
There are many important reasons for tree trimming, otherwise known as pruning. If you are wondering why you should bother with trimming your tree, then you have come to the right place. To learn more about why pruning your tree is so important, then read on.
One of the most important reasons for tree trimming is so we can keep others safe. Tree branches can often become too heavy for the tree to support so, by trimming them, we can keep them from collapsing and falling on people, cars, and other property. We also trim trees to keep them from touching power lines, which can also be dangerous.
Healthy Tree Growth and Structure
Another reason that you should consider trimming your tree is because it can positively affect your tree’s growth and structure. When your trees are properly pruned, the branches can be trimmed to help the tree grow into a certain configuration of limbs and branches to ensure that the tree’s structure is more secure. Pruning the tree will result in an all around healthier tree that will experience less broken and damaged limbs and branches. Not only is pruning good for the healthy tree, but it is good for the dormant tree as well.
These are just a few reasons why you should consider trimming up your tree. There are many more reasons why you should prune your trees, however. If you have any questions or concerns about trimming your trees, please do not hesitate to contact us.
You know that trees are beautiful and good for the environment, but did you know that trees can also have a positive impact on your health? From improving the quality of the air that you breathe to boosting your immune system, there are many reasons to consider enriching your home and community with trees!
1. Trees clean the air you breathe by removing airborne pollution that can contribute to lung disease and reduced cardiac function. Planting more trees can help reduce overall rates of premature death by preventing airborne pollution from aggravating existing lung and cardiac diseases (U.S. Forest Service). And in addition to cleaning the air, trees provide much of the oxygen that our bodies need in order to survive!
2. Trees help you focus. The presence of trees can help relieve mental fatigue and improve brain functioning by providing a visual break from the demands of modern life. Exposure to trees and natural settings can actually improve attention and performance on cognitive tasks.
3. Trees reduce stress. One study found that people who are exposed to trees have lower levels of stress hormones in their systems. This is important because, in addition to being psychologically damaging, stress has been linked to several chronic diseases including heart disease, asthma, and diabetes.
4. Trees boost your immune system. Spending time among trees can increase the number of immune cells that your body produces, which reduces your susceptibility to infection. The immune benefits can last for up to a week, showing that trees truly are powerful healers!
Trees are a healthy and beautiful addition to any home or business. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help you find the best trees for your space!