8 Great Spring Flowering Trees for Your Yard

By Nancy Penrose

Regardless of what the groundhog said a few weeks ago, spring is coming soon. It officially starts on March 19 this year.

One of the great things about spring is the blooming of flowers on flowering trees. These trees can make a great and colorful addition to your landscape. And the best time of the year to transplant trees is from October to April. So now is a great time to add a flowering tree to your yard. Here are 8 great options.

Korean Dogwood
Cornus kousa, commonly called Kousa dogwood, is a small to medium, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 15-30’ tall, with a vase-shaped habit in the early years but eventually maturing to a more rounded form. Bloom occurs in late spring. The flowers of the Kousa dogwood are 3-5” across, and have four narrowly pointed white petals.  When they first open have a light green color and fade to white.

Thundercloud Plum
The Thundercloud plum has purple foliage throughout the growing season. It is not fruit bearing but does produce single pink flowers in early spring. A reliable tree that is adaptable to most growing conditions.

Mount Fuji Cherry
The ‘Mount Fuji’ flowering Cherry tree provides incredible double white blossoms each spring.  This is a beautiful, deciduous focal point tree that can be shaped and trained into a spreading canopy. The Mount Fuji Cherry is a great front yard showstopping specimen!

Kwanzan Cherry
The Kwanzan Flowering Cherry is best known for its beautiful double bright pink blossoms. The Kwanzan blooms in the early spring then develops a nice green leaf in the summer months.  This tree would be a great accent for any yard.

Akebono Cherry
The Akebono Flowering Cherry is a small ornamental tree with an upright habit in early years that slowing becomes spreading. This cherry grows to about 20-25’ tall with a spread of 25-30’. The showy pink blossoms in early spring create a dazzling display that gradually fades to white.  Fall foliage is an attractive yellow and orange.

Japanese Snowbell
A wonderful tree as a focal point or specimen in your yard. Appropriate for smaller yards as it is slow growing and matures to be 20 ft tall by 15 to 20 ft wide. The Japanese snowbell is covered with white fragrant blossoms in June or July. It has a lovely shape and a gracefully spreading habit. The Japanese snowbell is reliable and easy to grow.

Spring Snow Crabapple
These fruitless flowering crabapples are fast growing, low maintenance, and deer resistant.  In early spring they are covered with a wonderful display of pristine white flowers.  They have a classic upright oval form making them suitable for many different landscapes.

Serviceberry
If you are looking for a native tree to add some interest to your landscape this may be the tree for you! They work well as a street tree, as a focal point tree, or in a group to define the edge of a woodland or a property line.  The delicate white flowers in the early spring provide early nectar needs of insects.

https://bigtreesupply.com/tree-finder/

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

10 More Reasons to Add Trees to Your Yard

10 More Reasons to Add Trees to Your Yard
By Nancy Penrose

Here are 10 more reasons to add trees to your yard.

Trees Improve City Climate: Trees play a crucial role in mitigating the “heat island” effect in urban areas, counteracting the elevated temperatures caused by thermal energy stored in materials like concrete, asphalt and steel. These heat islands can be 3 to 10 degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside. The cumulative impact of a substantial tree cover helps reduce air temperatures by offering shade and enhancing humidity through moisture evaporation in dry climates.

Trees Improve the Air We Breathe: Trees play a vital role in purifying the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and filtering out pollutants such as ozone. They not only produce life-sustaining oxygen but also can alleviate asthma symptoms. According to a 2014 USDA Forest Service research study, the positive impact of trees on air quality prevents over 850 deaths and more than 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms each year.

Versatile Landscape Elements: Trees serve as integral components of the landscape, forming the structural basis for outdoor spaces. They can frame scenic views, act as focal points, define boundaries, offer privacy screens, and create outdoor rooms.

Wildlife Habitat: Trees function as habitats for various birds, mammals, and insects, providing shelter, nesting sites, food, perches, and residences.

Social and Emotional Value: Beyond their environmental contributions, trees establish a connection between people and nature, fostering a sense of well-being. They often become gathering spaces for social events like picnics, while children are captivated by the allure of climbing trees and rope swings.

Economic Stability Boost: The presence and condition of a community’s trees significantly influence the first impression for visitors. Studies indicate that trees contribute to economic stability by attracting businesses and tourists. Tree-lined streets encourage people to linger and shop for longer durations. Properties in wooded areas, whether apartments or offices, experience faster rentals, higher occupancy rates, and longer tenant retention. Workspaces surrounded by trees experience increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.

Biodiversity Support: Trees and plants form local ecosystems that offer habitat and sustenance for birds, animals, and other plants. They create microclimates that enable the growth of plant species not typically found in urban areas, contributing to overall biodiversity.

Benefits for Lawns and Plants: Tree shade slows water evaporation in lawns, providing shelter from intense sunlight and reducing water costs. This not only promotes a healthier lawn but also supports water conservation.

Shelter and Privacy: Tall trees not only offer aesthetic shade for yards but also act as natural shields against harsh winds. They create canopies and habitats for wildlife while providing privacy from neighboring properties.

Soil Health: Trees play a crucial role in preventing soil erosion by stabilizing soil on hillsides and near water bodies. Their leaves offer protection during heavy rains, encouraging water retention in the soil. Combining these benefits with proper watering practices enhances overall soil health.

Contact Big Trees Inc. at 360-563-2700 to find out which trees would make the best addition to your landscape.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Trees Can Make You Happier

By Nancy Penrose

I love trees and have been helping people add them to their landscapes in the greater Seattle area for 24 years.

Indeed, trees play a crucial role in our lives through various means. Their primary function involves producing the oxygen essential for our breathing while absorbing carbon dioxide. However, some scientific studies suggest that trees offer additional significant advantages. Here are some intriguing findings derived from recent research on how trees contribute to human well-being.

Trees contribute to a reduction in stress and an increase in restoration. One of the most extensively studied benefits of exposure to nature is its ability to alleviate stress, anxiety, and have better deep thought, with much of this research centered around forests.

In a recent study, 585 young adults from Japan shared their mood experiences after a 15-minute walk, either in an urban environment or a forest. The study covered 52 different locations across the country, with approximately a dozen participants walking in each area. In all instances, those walking in a forest reported lower levels of anxiety, hostility, fatigue, confusion, and depressive symptoms, while exhibiting higher levels of vigor compared to those walking in urban settings. These effects were particularly pronounced for individuals who started the test with higher anxiety levels.

“The psychological benefits of walking through forests are very significant, and forest environments are expected to have very important roles in promoting mental health in the future,” stated the authors of the study.

Certainly, additional research indicates that engaging in “forest bathing,” a deliberate practice of spending time in the woods, can assist in coping with the pressures and challenges of urban life.

In a recent study conducted in Poland, participants devoted 15 minutes to observing either a winter urban forest or an urban landscape devoid of trees. The winter forest featured trees with straight trunks and no leaves, and there was no vegetation beneath the trees—essentially lacking any greenery. Conversely, the urban landscape was comprised of only buildings and roads. Prior to and following the observation period, participants completed questionnaires assessing their moods and emotions. Those who looked at the winter forest reported significantly improved moods, more positive emotions, increased vigor, and a heightened sense of personal restoration compared to those observing the urban scene lacking any trees.

It is possible that some of these benefits are related to the impact of forests on our brains. A study revealed that individuals living near trees exhibited better “amygdala integrity,” signifying a brain structure better equipped to handle stressors.

These findings, along with previous research reviews, underscore how even brief periods spent in a forest can offer respite from our hectic lifestyles. And that can include your own backyard with landscape trees.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

8 Compelling Reasons to Add a Tree to Your Yard

By Nancy Penrose
Trees play a crucial role in our ecosystem, contributing significantly to our existence. They supply us with the essential oxygen needed for breathing, create habitats for wildlife, and contribute to our food sources. However, their importance extends even further. Explore these 8 compelling reasons why integrating trees into your landscaping is a wise decision.

  1. Enhancing property values. Boosting your home’s property value is a common desire. Incorporating trees and plants into your landscape can potentially increase property values by up to 20 percent, as per some estimates. This presents a favorable return on investment considering the minimal maintenance they require.
  2. Purifying the air. A single tree can absorb approximately 48 pounds of carbon dioxide annually and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the age of 40. Moreover, trees filter odors and pollutants like nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and ozone, capturing particulates on their leaves and bark.
  3. Slowing water runoff. Planting trees can significantly reduce the risk of flash flooding. For instance, a fully grown Colorado Blue Spruce, whether cultivated or growing in the wild, can intercept over 1,000 gallons of water annually, aiding in recharging underground aquifers.
  4. Preventing soil erosion. The root system of trees binds the soil, and their leaves act as a protective barrier against wind and rain, effectively preventing soil erosion.
  5. Mitigating noise pollution. Strategically planted trees in neighborhoods or around homes can act as effective buffers against major noises, particularly beneficial for areas near freeways or airports.
  6. Cooling homes, streets, and cities. Trees can decrease city temperatures by up to 10°F by shading homes and streets, breaking up urban heat islands, and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
  7. Saving on energy costs. In addition to temperature regulation, well-placed trees can reduce homeowners’ energy bills by up to 25 percent, providing shade in the summer and windbreaks in the winter.
  8. Enhancing aesthetic appeal. Undeniably, trees contribute to the stunning natural landscape. Whether it’s the blossoming buds in spring or the vibrant fall foliage, trees serve as beautiful decorations both indoors and outdoors.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

8 Compelling Reasons to Add a Tree to Your Yard

By Nancy Penrose
Trees play a crucial role in our ecosystem, contributing significantly to our existence. They supply us with the essential oxygen needed for breathing, create habitats for wildlife, and contribute to our food sources. However, their importance extends even further. Explore these 8 compelling reasons why integrating trees into your landscaping is a wise decision.

  1. Enhancing property values. Boosting your home’s property value is a common desire. Incorporating trees and plants into your landscape can potentially increase property values by up to 20 percent, as per some estimates. This presents a favorable return on investment considering the minimal maintenance they require.
  2. Purifying the air. A single tree can absorb approximately 48 pounds of carbon dioxide annually and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the age of 40. Moreover, trees filter odors and pollutants like nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and ozone, capturing particulates on their leaves and bark.
  3. Slowing water runoff. Planting trees can significantly reduce the risk of flash flooding. For instance, a fully grown Colorado Blue Spruce, whether cultivated or growing in the wild, can intercept over 1,000 gallons of water annually, aiding in recharging underground aquifers.
  4. Preventing soil erosion. The root system of trees binds the soil, and their leaves act as a protective barrier against wind and rain, effectively preventing soil erosion.
  5. Mitigating noise pollution. Strategically planted trees in neighborhoods or around homes can act as effective buffers against major noises, particularly beneficial for areas near freeways or airports.
  6. Cooling homes, streets, and cities. Trees can decrease city temperatures by up to 10°F by shading homes and streets, breaking up urban heat islands, and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
  7. Saving on energy costs. In addition to temperature regulation, well-placed trees can reduce homeowners’ energy bills by up to 25 percent, providing shade in the summer and windbreaks in the winter.
  8. Enhancing aesthetic appeal. Undeniably, trees contribute to the stunning natural landscape. Whether it’s the blossoming buds in spring or the vibrant fall foliage, trees serve as beautiful decorations both indoors and outdoors.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Nine More Great Evergreen Trees for Your Yard

By Nancy Penrose


Evergreen trees provide beauty to your landscape all year round. Here are nine great evergreen trees that will add to your property. Now is an ideal time to plant a new tree in your landscape.

Emerald Green Arborvitae
The Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of the most popular and dependable screening trees for our area. They are often planted in rows to create a ‘Natural’ barrier. The Emerald Green is a dense evergreen that maintains its deep green color all year. Because of its columnar growth habit, and limited spread, the Emerald Green is an appropriate selection for small planting spaces.

Giant Sequoia
Giant Sequoia’s are some of natures largest trees.  These trees are medium to fast growing and do best in sunny protected areas with well-draining soil. The benefits of these trees are numerous, but to name a few: they provide shade in urban landscapes, they can create a windbreak for wide open spaces, and house many varieties of birds.

Excelsa Cedar
Excelsa cedars offer a combination of beauty, durability, stability, and sustainability.  Excelsa’s have an aesthetic that fits most gardens and landscapes here in the Northwest, making them a good choice for either a stand-alone tree or planted closer to provide some privacy. They are known for their natural resistance to disease, rot, and insect damage. The Excelsa Cedar is a renewable resource, since they are primarily grown in managed forests, and they are a fast-growing tree.  Excelsa’s are widely used and a popular choice for good reason.

Alpine Fir
The foliage of Subalpine Fir turns up along its branches, similar to Noble Fir, but the needles are shorter and tend to be bluish green.  The form of the tree is “spire-like,” very pointy and narrow, an adaptation that reduces the amount of snow that can build up on its branches.  This is a great accent tree for smaller planting areas and surrounding ponds and rockeries.

Green Giant
Green Giant is a vigorously growing, pyramidal evergreen with rich green color that remains outstanding throughout the year. It has no serious pest or disease problems and has been widely grown and tested in commercial nursery production. The “Green Giant” is an excellent substitute for Leyland cypress.

Vanderwolf Pine
The Vanderwolf Pine is a large evergreen tree with a pyramidal shape. It has long blue/green needles that give it a unique appearance. They are drought tolerant trees making them a good choice for landscapes that have limited watering options. They are low maintenance, require minimal pruning once established, and are generally resistant to pests. They are valued for their drought tolerance, cold hardiness, low maintenance, and their ornamental qualities.

Schipka Laurel
Schipka laurels, often called Skip laurel, offer several benefits. They are densely leafed compact shrubs that work well for privacy screens, wind barriers, and hedges. Their thick foliage is lush and green year-round, which makes them a popular choice for privacy, or anyone looking for some added color in the winder months. In short, the Schipka laurels provide year round foliage, are fast growing, low maintenance, and work well in full sun or part shade.

Oregon Green Pine
The Oregon Green Pine is an attractive medium size evergreen with a pyramidal shape. They have a dark green needles that are dense and give them a vibrant appearance. They have silver/white candles in the spring that have a nice high contrast to the dark green needles.  The Oregon Green is a great tree for a full sun area that needs a little sound dampening, visual barrier, or for an ornamental addition to the landscape.

Leyland Cypress
The Leyland Cypress is an excellent choice for a fast-growing large screening tree. Its growth rate and mature size are often underestimated when it is young, as it can be thin in its early stages. Growing up to three to four feet each year the Leyland Cypress fills in quickly. The Leyland requires little maintenance as long as you have adequate space for the tree at maturity. Leyland Cypress can also be used as a hedge as they do tolerate shearing to control growth and overall size. Shearing to control growth will require long term and regular maintenance.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Nine More Great Evergreen Trees for Your Yard

By Nancy Penrose


Evergreen trees provide beauty to your landscape all year round. Here are nine great evergreen trees that will add to your property. Now is an ideal time to plant a new tree in your landscape.

Emerald Green Arborvitae
The Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of the most popular and dependable screening trees for our area. They are often planted in rows to create a ‘Natural’ barrier. The Emerald Green is a dense evergreen that maintains its deep green color all year. Because of its columnar growth habit, and limited spread, the Emerald Green is an appropriate selection for small planting spaces.

Giant Sequoia
Giant Sequoia’s are some of natures largest trees.  These trees are medium to fast growing and do best in sunny protected areas with well-draining soil. The benefits of these trees are numerous, but to name a few: they provide shade in urban landscapes, they can create a windbreak for wide open spaces, and house many varieties of birds.

Excelsa Cedar
Excelsa cedars offer a combination of beauty, durability, stability, and sustainability.  Excelsa’s have an aesthetic that fits most gardens and landscapes here in the Northwest, making them a good choice for either a stand-alone tree or planted closer to provide some privacy. They are known for their natural resistance to disease, rot, and insect damage. The Excelsa Cedar is a renewable resource, since they are primarily grown in managed forests, and they are a fast-growing tree.  Excelsa’s are widely used and a popular choice for good reason.

Alpine Fir
The foliage of Subalpine Fir turns up along its branches, similar to Noble Fir, but the needles are shorter and tend to be bluish green.  The form of the tree is “spire-like,” very pointy and narrow, an adaptation that reduces the amount of snow that can build up on its branches.  This is a great accent tree for smaller planting areas and surrounding ponds and rockeries.

Green Giant
Green Giant is a vigorously growing, pyramidal evergreen with rich green color that remains outstanding throughout the year. It has no serious pest or disease problems and has been widely grown and tested in commercial nursery production. The “Green Giant” is an excellent substitute for Leyland cypress.

Vanderwolf Pine
The Vanderwolf Pine is a large evergreen tree with a pyramidal shape. It has long blue/green needles that give it a unique appearance. They are drought tolerant trees making them a good choice for landscapes that have limited watering options. They are low maintenance, require minimal pruning once established, and are generally resistant to pests. They are valued for their drought tolerance, cold hardiness, low maintenance, and their ornamental qualities.

Schipka Laurel
Schipka laurels, often called Skip laurel, offer several benefits. They are densely leafed compact shrubs that work well for privacy screens, wind barriers, and hedges. Their thick foliage is lush and green year-round, which makes them a popular choice for privacy, or anyone looking for some added color in the winder months. In short, the Schipka laurels provide year round foliage, are fast growing, low maintenance, and work well in full sun or part shade.

Oregon Green Pine
The Oregon Green Pine is an attractive medium size evergreen with a pyramidal shape. They have a dark green needles that are dense and give them a vibrant appearance. They have silver/white candles in the spring that have a nice high contrast to the dark green needles.  The Oregon Green is a great tree for a full sun area that needs a little sound dampening, visual barrier, or for an ornamental addition to the landscape.

Leyland Cypress
The Leyland Cypress is an excellent choice for a fast-growing large screening tree. Its growth rate and mature size are often underestimated when it is young, as it can be thin in its early stages. Growing up to three to four feet each year the Leyland Cypress fills in quickly. The Leyland requires little maintenance as long as you have adequate space for the tree at maturity. Leyland Cypress can also be used as a hedge as they do tolerate shearing to control growth and overall size. Shearing to control growth will require long term and regular maintenance.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Preparing Your Trees for Winter

By Nancy Penrose

Essential Tips for a Healthy Season
Winter can be a challenging time for trees. The cold in the air and on the ground make it difficult for trees to flourish, and trees in poor health may not survive the season at all.

With the right preparation, you can ensure that your arboreal companions make it through the cold months thriving and ready to bloom in the spring. At Big Trees Inc., we understand the importance of safeguarding your trees during winter and are here to provide you with essential tips for a healthy season.

1. Assess Tree Health
Before you embark on your winter tree care journey, it’s crucial to assess the current health of your trees. Inspect them for any signs of disease, pest infestations, or structural weaknesses. Identify dead or damaged branches that may pose a risk during winter storms.

2. Pruning and Trimming
Pruning and trimming your trees before winter can help reduce the risk of branch breakage under the weight of snow and ice. Focus on removing weak or overgrown branches, ensuring a balanced and sturdy tree structure. Be sure to use proper pruning techniques to avoid causing harm. Pruning before winter arrives helps ensure trees are ready for the colder season.

3. Mulching and Insulation
Mulch is your tree’s best friend in winter. A layer of organic mulch around the base of your trees helps insulate the soil, providing a buffer against extreme temperature fluctuations. For young or fragile trees, consider adding insulating materials or tree guards for added protection.

4. Pest and Disease Management
Winter is not a reprieve from tree pests and diseases. In fact, some thrive in cold weather. Be vigilant for signs of infestation or infection and take preventive measures. Consult with a professional arborist if you suspect a problem that requires treatment.

5. Wrapping and Shielding
Shielding your trees from harsh winter elements is crucial. Tree wraps and shelters can help protect your trees from frost and reduce the risk of sunscald. Secure these protective measures before the first frost arrives.

6. Monitoring and Winter Care Plan
Your commitment to tree care doesn’t end with winter preparation. Regularly check on your trees throughout the season. Remove heavy snow loads gently to prevent branch breakage. Adjust mulch and insulation as needed. Create a winter care plan to address any issues that arise promptly.

Are Your Trees Ready?
By following these essential tips for preparing your trees for winter, you’ll set the stage for a healthy and vibrant springtime comeback. Remember that Big Trees Inc. is here to assist you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out for professional guidance and support in ensuring your trees thrive all year round.

For more details and advice on tree care, contact Big Trees Inc. at 360-563-2700.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

Essential Fall Tree Care Tips to Keep Your Trees Healthy and Vibrant

By Nancy Penrose

As the summer warmth begins to wane and the leaves start to turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow, it’s a clear sign that fall is arriving. While fall might bring to mind images of pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters, it’s also a crucial time to pay attention to the health of your trees. Proper fall tree care ensures that your trees remain vibrant and strong throughout the colder months and are ready to thrive when spring arrives once again. In this article, we’ll explore some essential fall tree care tips to help you keep your trees in excellent condition.

1. Raking and Leaf Removal
The sight of colorful leaves blanketing the ground is undoubtedly picturesque, but leaving too many leaves on the ground can have negative consequences for your trees and lawn. A thick layer of leaves can create a damp environment that promotes disease and inhibits healthy growth. Make sure to rake and remove fallen leaves regularly to prevent these issues.

2. Mulching
Applying a layer of mulch around the base of your trees is a great practice for fall tree care. Mulch helps retain moisture, regulates soil temperature, and suppresses weed growth. Apply a layer of mulch that is about 2-4 inches deep, making sure to leave a few inches of space around the tree trunk to prevent moisture buildup and potential rot.

3. Watering
While trees tend to require less water during the fall compared to the hot summer months, it’s still important to ensure they receive adequate hydration before the ground freezes. Trees need sufficient moisture to survive the winter and prepare for the spring growth season. Be sure to water your trees deeply but less frequently as the temperatures drop.

4. Pruning
Fall is an ideal time for pruning, as the trees are entering a period of dormancy. Pruning helps remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches, enhancing the overall health and appearance of your trees. Additionally, removing these branches can prevent them from falling and causing damage during winter storms. Always use proper pruning techniques and tools to avoid injuring the tree.

5. Inspect for Pests and Diseases
Perform a thorough inspection of your trees for any signs of pests or diseases. Fall is a crucial time to identify and address these issues before they have a chance to worsen over the winter. Look for abnormal growths, discoloration, or signs of infestation. If you’re unsure about a particular issue, consider consulting with an arborist for professional advice.

6. Protect Young Trees
Young and newly planted trees are particularly vulnerable to the harsh conditions of winter. Consider wrapping the trunks of young trees with burlap or tree wrap to prevent sunscald and frost cracks. This protection can also help keep rodents from gnawing on the bark during the colder months.

7. Fertilization
Fall is an optimal time to fertilize your trees, as they will absorb and store nutrients during the dormant season. A slow-release, balanced fertilizer can provide essential nutrients to support root growth and overall tree health. Consult with a professional or conduct a soil test to determine the specific nutritional needs of your trees.

For more details and advice on tree care, contact Big Trees Inc. at 360-563-2700.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/
https://arboristblog.com
https://bigtreesupply.com

9 Great Fall Color Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Back in 2020 we published an article listing 10 great trees for fall colors. Now that we’re coming up on the end of summer, we thought we’d list out 9 more great trees to enhance the color of your landscape this fall.

1. Autumn Blaze Maple
The Autumn Blaze maple has brilliant bright red fall color. It is one of the first trees to go into fall color and one of the longest to hold the fall color. The Autumn Blaze maple is fast-growing and is 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide at maturity.

2. Autumn Applause Ash
The Autumn Applause Ash is pyramidal when young and gradually develops an upright oval shape. It has reliable fall colors of marron, purple, and deep red.

3. October Glory Maple
The October Glory makes a substantial shade tree for any yard.  With its rounded canopy, and deep green leaves it is a great way to beat the summer heat. The green summer leaf turns to stunning shades of red and orange in the fall for a stunning accent landscape piece.

4. Red Pointe Maple
With its natural pyramidal shape, the Red Pointe Maple is wonderful statement tree for even small yards.  Not only is this a versatile tree, but the fiery red fall color is also showstopping.

5. Red Sunset Maple
The Red Sunset maple is one of the most reliable trees for fall color, turning a brilliant orange red to deep red in early fall.

6. Katsura
The Katsura is an excellent specimen tree.  I can be found in both single and multi-trunk varieties.  Both have beautiful heart shaped leaves that are chartreuse in the spring and darken to a true green for summer. In the fall the leaves turn a lovely shade of yellow that is a nice contrast to most other deciduous trees that are shades of red and orange.

7. Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica)
The Persian Ironwood has an upright rounded form with wide spreading branches. The bark of the trunk gives this tree winter interest by exfoliating to reveal a mosaic of green, white, and brown.  The dark green foliage develops into an ombre effect of greens, reds, oranges, and yellows.  

8. Stewartia
The Stewartia is an award-winning small deciduous tree with year-round interest. In early to mid-summer small cup shaped delicate flowers accent this specimen tree.  The dark green foliage of summer changes to dazzling hues of red, orange, and burgundy.  The exfoliating bark peels to stripes of grey, orange, and reddish brown. This slow growing pyramidal tree would be a great addition to any landscape.

9. Acer Palmatum
Native to Japan, Korea, and China the Acer palmatum includes numerous varieties of deciduous shrubs and trees.  These trees have a graceful elegance with intricately cut leaves that have many variations of summer and fall color. The Japanese maple can have rounded to broad rounded crowns and typically grow to be 10-25ft.  Some have an upright form while others have a weeping habit.  Regardless of which one you choose you are bound to love the delicate ease of the branching and leaf patters and will be dazzled by the extraordinary brilliance of the fall color.

With so many beautiful trees it really is hard to choose the best. If we missed your favorite, write to us at info@bigtreesupply.com and tell us about it!

In the end the really great thing about autumn is the pure variety of trees around us. It makes for quite a show that mother nature rolls out every year. At Big Trees Inc. we couldn’t think of any better show around.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

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