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What Accent Plants Can Do For Your Landscaping

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Planting is a vital part of the landscaping design of your home. The key is to carefully place your plants into your landscaping where they can thrive and live long healthy lives. Accent plants are a great way to define and enhance your property. Find out exactly what accent plants can do for your landscaping and your home.

What Accent Plants Can Do For Your Landscaping

Line Your Foundation and Walkways

Accent edges are the perfect way to line the foundation of your house. They not only look great, but they will become a very valuable asset to your home. They can hide unsightly masonry or basement windows while being very pleasing to the eyes at the same time. They can extend the appearance of your house as well. Accent plants are also a nice way to line your walkways. Effortlessly turn a boring walkway into something that looks fantastic, simply by just lining both sides of it with plants.

Great Visual Impact

Accent plants can have an immense visual impact on your home. They are delightful to look at every day for both you and your neighbors. They will add to the value of your house and are a major selling point if you ever put your house on the market. Sometimes first impressions are everything, and accent plants do a wonderful job at creating first impressions that are sure to last.

Contact us today at Chambersville Tree Farm for more information on accent plants and all of your planting needs. We truly believe that planting is such an essential part of a good landscaping design.

Why Mulch Is So Important For A Tree’s Health

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Homeowners hear a lot about mulch, but few understand how it helps protect the health of their trees. Here is why you should consider applying mulch around your tree, followed by a simple application procedure any homeowner can perform.

Why Mulch Is So Important For A Tree's Health

Insulates The Soil

As the temperature changes around your tree, the soil and the roots can be heavily affected. This can cause root health problems or even severe damage. A good buffer of mulch will protect it from temperature damage and keep your tree strong and secure in the soil.

Keeps Water Near The Roots

Your trees need a lot of water to promote root health. Without mulch, much of this water will dissipate in the soil and leave them thirsty. Mulch will trap water, hold it tight to the roots, and help promote a quicker growing tree, one that is strong enough to survive droughts and other negative weather conditions.

Stops Weed Growth

Did you know that mulch is one of the best ways to keep weeds away from your tree? It’s true: a nice surrounding layer of mulch will block weeds from growing up near your trees and protect their roots from the nutrient-sapping of weeds.

How To Add Mulch To Your Trees

If you want to add mulch around the base of your tree, you need to remove the grass in a 3-10 foot circle around your tree. Now you need to spread mulch within that circle to a depth of about 2-4 inches. Keep it from touching the bark of the tree for maximizing effectiveness.

To learn more about mulch and the health of your trees, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

North Texas Trees: Native Oaks

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Oak trees are great trees, and there are 42 native oaks in Texas.  There are three major types:  red, white, and black, all represented in the state.  These trees tend to do well here, and worth considering when planning a landscape with North Texas trees.  Here are two great examples of native oaks available through our farm:

North Texas Trees: Native Oaks

Mexican White Oak

This medium-sized white oak was established as native to Texas in 1992.  It holds its leaves well into winter, meaning that there is a short period between leaf drop and when the tree leafs out again in the spring.  This makes this tree a good choice for the north side of a house for winter wind protection.

It has average water needs when first planted, but once established is drought tolerant.  It is also considered a relatively fast growing oak and can add up to two feet a year under good growing conditions.

This oak is frequently chosen as an alternative to Live Oaks since it is less susceptible to oak wilt.  Just be aware, if you’re considering this tree, that the tree’s shape is more upright with less canopy spread when compared to a Live Oak.

Chinquapin Oak

The chinquapin, also a white oak, is a smaller tree when compared to the Mexican White Oak. In Texas, it tops out between 30 and 50 feet.  The native range extends farther north, where the tree can grow much taller.

This oak does well in very diverse soil conditions and can handle clay, and as a bonus can do well in alkaline soils.  However, the tree does not do well with severe drought.

In addition to the Mexican White Oak and Chinquapin, we have other types of oaks and other types of trees available at Chambersville Tree Farm.  We would love to talk to you about your landscaping plans.

Caring For Your Fruit Tree in Texas

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Growing a tree that bears fruit is a very appealing idea. Not only does it add charm to a backyard and beautiful blossoms in the spring, but there’s also the promise of sweet-tasting goodness when the tree is ready for the picking in the fall. But growing a healthy fruit tree that will produce a lot of healthy fruit takes more than just planting the tree in the ground. Here’s what you need to do to help your tree grow healthy and fruitful.

Caring For Your Fruit Tree in Texas

  • Plant your tree in a sunny place with adequate drainage in the ground. In other words, don’t plant it in a place that’s swampy, or where water pools and lingers after a rain shower. If the roots are soaked in too much water, they will rot and the tree will die.
  • Prune your tree regularly. Pruning keeps dead branches from overcrowding the live branches and preventing fruit to grow. Make sure you use sharp tools for a clean cut. You should prune dead or broken branches and downward sloping branches. Make sure to prune in a way so water can drain off a pruned area easily to prevent rot.
  • Train your fruit tree’s branches. This can take up to many years after the tree’s planting. You need to train your tree’s branches to spread in different directions for more room to grow and to encourage fruit bearing. Do so by tying the branches together to train it to grow how you want to. Training your fruit tree correctly is difficult, so make sure you do some research or ask someone experienced for help.

For more information, please contact us.

Four High Performing North Texas Rose Varieties

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Growing roses in North Texas is sometimes tricky. The long season makes roses susceptible to fungus, which includes rust, mildew, and black spot. Also, the most popular colors in this area are not dainty pinks or whites. Many Texas rose gardeners prefer bold, bright oranges, reds and yellows. Here are four rose varieties that are both appealing and easy to grow.

Four High Performing North Texas Rose Varieties

Knockout rose, double red – In North Texas, double roses grow better than singles. Knockout roses are very popular, easy to grow, versatile and hardy. Plant them in masses, as borders or as a focal point. This rose is resistant to mildew, rust and black spots. They grow about four feet tall.

Belinda’s Dream – Featuring bright pink flowers, this bush grows about four to six feet tall. Texas horticulturists developed Belinda’s Dream specifically to flourish in our hot climate. It bears pink flowers that resemble an English tea rose, but the plant is very hardy. While this rose can develop blackspot, the plant resists it and continues producing flowers.

Fourth of July – Bearing festive red and white striped flowers that smell like apples, this rose blooms consistently all season. The showy, semi-double, flowers dress up bare white walls, a gazebo, or a trellis. A vigorous climber, this rose is easily trained and grows between three and seven feet tall. It does best in partial sun.

Cinco de Mayo – Known as one of the more reliable roses for North Texas, this plant grows three to four feet tall and bears rich orange-red flowers. The stunning ruffled blooms flourish in the Texas heat, particularly in July when other flowering plants wilt. Cinco de Mayo roses need a moderate amount of water and care to thrive.

Chambersville Tree Farm carries these roses and we have over 200 varieties to choose from. For more information please contact us.

Graceful and Sculptural Japanese Maples

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There are few ornamental trees more highly prized by homeowners and buyers alike than the sculptural Japanese Maple. Lacy, intricate leaves, and graceful growth habits make the Japanese Maple an asset to any landscape. Beautiful at any time of the year, they’re especially brilliant in the fall, when their elegant shapes are highlighted by intense crimsons, oranges, and yellows.

There are several varieties that thrive in North-Central Texas and all of them are amazing specimens that add a classy, elegant aspect to your yard:

  • Shin Deshojo – opens in the spring with red leaves so brilliant, they look almost like blooms. In late spring, the small leaves turn a blue-green color. On mature trees, a pink and green mottled effect can appear in summer, and it continues its show with a bright orange and yellow display in fall. This variety is a semi-dwarf and will reach a height of 12 feet in maturity.
  • Crimson Queen is one of the most common, but also one of the most beautiful of the many varieties of Japanese Maple. It reaches a mature height of 6 feet but is a slow-growing variety. It can spread to 10 feet in width and displays a brilliant red show in fall that’s always perfect! It has a particularly interesting branching pattern, so it’s also a treat in the wintertime without its leaves.
  • Orange Dream gets its name from its brilliant fall orange color. In spring, the leaves are a mix of bright orange and yellow, making it one of the most pretty Japanese Maples at that time of year. In early summer, it takes on a bright yellow-green hue which morphs into a greener color until fall. Orange Dream reaches a height of 10 feet.

Graceful and Sculptural Japanese Maples

As you can see, it’s hard to go wrong with a Japanese Maple. They’re a little pricier than other ornamentals, but they’re worth the investment for the years of exquisite beauty they’ll provide for years to come. Contact us to see our amazing inventory of Japanese Maples. They’re actually one of our favorite trees and our specialty!


A Care Guide For The Cedar Elm

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The cedar elm is one of the most popular 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.