Trees not only provide shade to your landscaping, they can add a magical bit of majesty, as well. As beautiful as they are, though, they generally only continue the palette of greens, browns and grays. Planting around the base of those trees can bring some color to the landscape, or, if you opt for foliage over flowers, those plant contribute texture to the aesthetics. There are some important things to remember before you start digging, though.
First Rule: Do No Harm
When you are planting beneath trees, you have to consider both the needs of the new plants and those of the trees. The tree roots may be exposed or near the surface, so be careful when you start digging, so you don’t injure them. And dig individual holes for each plant, rather than digging out the whole area.
Also, those roots need oxygen to keep the tree alive, so don’t smother them! Don’t build raised beds or pile on heavy loads of soil. Instead , after you dig the individual plant’s hole, add a little compost in it before the plant. After all the plants are in, add a thin layer of mulch – no more than 3 inches. Leave at least 1 inch between the mulch and the trunk of the tree, as well
Even better, consider a container garden for under your trees. Not only does this prevent damage to the trees’ roots, it allows you to move cold-sensitive plants indoors during the winter or to change them out easily.
Prepare the Area First
Even shade-loving plants need a little sunshine to thrive, so trim back the lower branches of the tree to allow the light through. You want to plant at least 1 foot inside the tree’s drip line, so use that as a guide to choose the branches to trim or remove.
Smother any existing grass by covering it with wet newspaper and then a light layer of mulch. This may take awhile, so plan ahead before purchasing your new plants.
Choose the Best Plants
Whatever variety of plants you choose, go with the smallest ones available. This allows for less disturbance to the ground and to the roots.
Opt for native plants as much as possible. They have already adapted to the growing conditions in your geographical area, so they are more likely to do well, and they will need less care over time. If natives aren’t an option, check the light, water, and soil requirements carefully when selecting plants.
Ground covers, like hosta, sweet woodruff, and Spanish bluebells make good choices, as do sage, periwinkle, violets, lilies, ferns, and primrose. Impatiens add a blaze of color, as well, and they are relatively easy to care for.
Hostas are great choices for adding texture to the plantings, either by themselves or as filler with other plants. The foliage color varieties seem nearly endless, including white with green edges, olive green with white edges, and even gold with dark green edges.
Fringed bleeding hearts have beautiful pink flowers and blue-green foliage, and Dicentra exima will continue to bloom through the summer.
You might also opt for annuals like caladiums, salvia, violas, begonias, and violas. Or, if you prefer a bushier planting, oakleaf hydrangea and azaleas are lovely around a tree.
Are you ready to expand your landscaping? Contact us for tips and suggestions for the best trees for your yard.
Staking is a common practice where support stakes are placed beside young trees to help stabilize them as they grow. While a good asset on its own, improper staking or stakes left in place for too long can cause a lot of damage to a developing tree.
When a tree is supported externally for longer than it needs to be, it can discourage the spread of roots which will anchor the tree as it grows. This lack of anchoring can make a tree very susceptible to being blown down in high winds or otherwise uprooted.
The trunk of the tree accounts for most of its structural support. Each species of tree has a trunk taper that is designed to support the weight of a fully grown tree but only if the taper is allowed to form during growth. When a tree is staked too high or the stakes are left on too long, then the tree may place all of its energy into growing taller instead of adding the necessary diameter around the base of its trunk. As a result, its weight may not be evenly supported once the stakes are removed. Staking a tree too tightly around the trunk can also restrict movement which can make the trunk inflexible in high winds and prone to snapping.
For more about what you can do to help keep your trees healthy, contact us at Chambersville Tree Farm. We’re proud to supply North Central Texas with quality, organically grown trees at competitive prices.
Assessing and treating diseases and pests that negatively impact the health of your trees is important. One particularly unsightly condition that many common types of oak trees are afflicted by is known as an oak gall.
What are oak galls?
Oak galls are round tumor like growths found on various species of oak trees. The abnormal growths can appear on the leaves, stems, and branches of the tree. Normally, oak galls are just an unpleasant looking nuisance, however, the health of the tree may be impacted in more extreme cases, leading to branch dieback.
What causes oak galls?
Oak galls are the result of infestations of gall causing insects and mites. These insects inject chemicals into the tree, which produce a reaction, resulting in the formation of the galls. The galls serve as a source of food for the larvae of gall producing insects.
How to rid your tree of oak galls?
Luckily, reducing the impact that this ugly problem can have on your trees is relatively simple. The best way to restore your oak trees to their former beauty is to simply remove the galls. This can be achieved by shearing or cutting afflicted branches, stems, and leaves.
Upon removal, the galls should be places in trash bags and thrown out, as they may contain eggs or larvae, which could cause the problem to reoccur if left nearby.
You may be tempted to use an insecticide to attack the problem at its source. This method is not recommended, as it will do little to combat the situation. Insecticides may also be detrimental to other insect populations which are considered healthy and normal for oak trees.
If you have any further questions or concerns related to oak galls, or other issues related to the health of your plants and trees, please Contact Us today!
Have you been checking out your trees lately and wondering if it might not be time to visit a nursery? There are several signs that it is time to replace your trees with newer and younger ones. Here are just a few of the most common.
Your Trees Aren’t Aging Well
If your trees are getting old and showing signs of decay, it is probably a good idea to visit a tree nursery. The experts here can help you find a great tree that is young and full of vigor. They can even deliver and help you successfully plant the tree.
Tree Diseases Are Striking The Area
Various tree diseases often sweep through an area and cause severe damage to these beautiful items. If your area is suffering from these diseases, there is a chance your older trees may be susceptible to them. Thankfully, getting trees from a nursery helps here by giving you access to younger and healthier trees that can more easily handle serious diseases.
Insect Populations Are Increasing
If there are a larger number of insects in your area this year, there is a good chance your trees may be in rough shape. That’s because older and dying trees often attract various insects. Often, these insects lay their eggs in the trees and cause severe damage. Getting new trees can help replace your older and damaged ones.
So if you think it’s time to visit a tree nursery near you, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We can help you find the kind of trees you want and will even provide you with many other services, such as tree trimming and maintenance procedures.
It’s important to trim your trees regularly. Trimming has many benefits, both for your tree and for you. Here are a few reasons why you need to have your trees trimmed.
Remove Unhealthy Branches
Trimming your tree and removing dead branches will allow healthy branches to grow in their place. Trimming your tree will also allow you to remove branches that are infected. Diseased branches can damage your entire tree.
Trimming your tree will thin out the upper canopy and provide more sunlight to the lower branches. This will improve their overall health. In addition, there will be more sunlight for grass and other plants underneath your tree, which will keep your lawn visually appealing.
Improve Tree Structure
Trimming your trees will help your trees develop. By trimming strategically, you can remove even live branches to enable healthier branches to develop. Young trees benefit even more from trimming.
Dead branches can easily fall off and damage or injure yourself, your kids, your guests, passersby, your house or your car. Trimming your tree and removing these dead branches prevents that from happening. It’s also important to remove weak branches that can get thrown around during a heavy storm.
Prune Your Fruit Trees
It’s especially important to prune your fruit trees. More sunlight and a healthier tree will result in thicker, larger and tastier fruit. In addition, the fruit on the bottom of the tree will improve as well; you won’t have to climb dangerous heights in order to pick the upper fruits.
If you would like to learn more or come by and shop our trees, contact us today!
Let’s face it, Texas is a hot place, even during the autumn. All that sun and heat means you need to take extra care of your trees to prevent them from drying out. Here are some tips for maintaining your trees’ health during hot weather.
Make sure your trees get enough water. If it’s not raining, water them yourself. Install a sprinkler or irrigation system so that your trees always get the water they need.
Fertilize and Mulch
Make sure the soil around the trees is healthy. When it’s hot outside, the soil can dry up. Fertilizing it will help keep your trees healthy. In addition, you should mulch your trees. This will eliminate weeds and other plants that compete with trees for nutrition.
Prune and Trim
It’s important to trim your trees as needed. If there are any diseased or broken branches, remove them to improve the overall health of your tree. This will also provide more sunlight for the tree and for the soil underneath. In addition, it will protect your family from falling dead branches.
Have It Inspected
Call an arborist to inspect your tree. You need to find out if there are any diseases, whether you need to trim certain branches, and whether you need to provide additional support to certain branches so that they can withstand harsh storms. Get a professional to trim your tree so that you don’t cause any unwanted damage by trimming it yourself.
For expert tree care in Texas, contact us today!
Trees are everywhere. Even sidewalks in large cities often have some plant life on them. As it turns out, trees have a range of benefits for nearly every project they can be used for or incorporated into. Here are our top 5 benefits of quality trees.
One average sized tree can produce enough oxygen in a year to keep a family of four breathing comfortably. Trees also absorb a portion of the harmful gases and pollutants in the air which helps to lower the carbon footprint of the area.
Trees are great for lending support to the local ecosystem. Even small trees can also provide shelter for small creatures such as bugs, birds, and squirrels. Larger groves can hide deer and other large wildlife as well.
3. Economic Benefits
If you’re buying trees to help landscape a business, then it’s good to know the potential economic benefits. Not only do trees provide material for thousands of products in a renewable, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly way, they also encourage shoppers to spend more money.
4. Mental Health
Nature has also been shown to have a calming effect on people, making workers more productive while lowering heart rate and general stress levels.
5. Higher Property Values and Business Traffic
Tree-lined streets tend to slow traffic enough for drivers to read storefronts, resulting in an uptick in business. Likewise, neighborhoods with a lot of trees can see property values rise by around 15 percent.
Do you have a project that would benefit from having quality trees? Contact us at Chambersville Tree Farm today! We’re proud to supply North Central Texas with high quality, organically grown trees at competitive prices.
It can surely be disappointing, nearly heartbreaking to find out a beautifully flowering plant you have spent so long cultivating has been infected with a disease. What seems to be a near epidemic in the American Midwest, South, East and even parts of Canada, the Rose Rosette Virus (RRV) is one that has plagued many otherwise beautiful and healthy rose bushes. The virus is characterized by multiple symptoms which include deformed buds or flowers, new and abnormally fast-growing shoots appearing red (and not fading to green as they usually would in a healthy plant), a curved or spiral shape to the canes and foliage known as “witch’s broom” and an overabundance of thorns.
RRV is spread by the tiny eriophyid mite, which feeds on the apex of the rose’s shoots. When the mite feasts on an RRV infected plant, it will then be transferred either by wind, a gardener’s clothing or tools to a healthy plant. RRV is also spread via the wild multiflora rose, which can take over many gardens, both floral and vegetable. It can take months or even years to see signs of viral transfer and infection, but the effects can be devastating. Unfortunately, the Rose Rosette Virus is incurable, but there are measures we can take to prevent the spread of this disease.
Most gardeners and horticulturists agree that proper bush spacing is ideal and necessary to cut down on RRV transmission between plants. There is no proof that miticides are a potential cure for an already infected plant, but may be used as a preventative measure for new rose bushes to discourage mites from making a particular plant a suitable home. If you find your plant has been infected, total removal of the entire plant seems to be the major consensus among experts. It is important that the plant is bagged before it is cut and burned. The roots must also be removed as completely as possible. The dirt will be safe to plant new roses in, thankfully. Contact us today for more planting tips for North Texas.
When you are interested in buying high-quality trees to add to your yard, it is important to find a provider that will give you the best possible trees. You also need to find someone who will eliminate dangers foreign pests that can destroy the health of all of your foliage. Thankfully, a tree nursery will work to eliminate these pests.
Identification Of Possible Pests
When a nursery starts growing a tree, they regularly inspect it to ensure that no pests are growing on it. These inspections take place as often as possible as a way of keeping the tree healthy. As a result, your tree will be healthier and more resistant to serious damage.
Treatment For Pests
In an instance when pests do infest a tree, the constant inspection process is more likely to find them before it becomes a serious problem. Then, they will treat the tree to eliminate any dangerous vermin. In this way, the tree will be stronger and healthier for a longer period.
During certain times of the year, trees are more likely to get infected by pests. Tree Farms keep the pests at bay and provide the trees with a healthier and safer place to grow strong and healthy.
If you are interested in purchasing a high-quality tree from a nursery, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We can provide you with the great tree that your yard needs to look beautiful.
Tree fences are a great way to provide privacy to your yard while keeping it nice and pretty at the same time. However, the type of trees you should use will depend on your needs, wants, and goals. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect tree to use.
Evergreen or Deciduous?
Evergreen trees are a great way to keep your privacy all year round, even in the winter. Deciduous trees will shed their leaves before the winter, but they are also more aesthetically pleasing. In addition, they block more sunlight from your home, which can be advantageous on hot days. Evergreen trees, on the other hand, require less maintenance. There are also semi-evergreen trees that you can use.
It’s very important to take spacing into consideration. You have to decide how much space you want between your trees. You also have to factor in a tree’s growth, both in its height and in its width. Leaving enough space for the roots to grow and expand is also important.
Different trees require different levels of maintenance. Not everyone is willing to put up with trees that require high levels of maintenance, even if they are more beautiful. Contact a professional to find out exactly what each tree requires.
There are so many trees that you can use. Whether you use evergreen trees, deciduous trees, bushes, or other trees will ultimately depend largely on your personal taste. Contact us so that we can give you a full overview of each available tree and how it will look.