21 Memorial Trees Relocated in Somber Ceremony

Tree Transplant Company Moves 21 Memorial Trees for Community

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (www.bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, was recently contacted to explore the feasibility and survivability of moving twenty-one 10’ cedar trees. Big Trees inspected the area and was able to assist in moving the trees to their new location. The community expressed their thanks for Big Trees role in helping to keep the legacy of these memorial trees, which were planted to represent the 21 families who lost lives in a massive mudslide in March of 2014.

Big Trees came to the area where the 21 cedar trees were planted and inspected the area, determining that the trees were acceptable candidates for a safe transplant. The company liaised with the local county and the family members to arrange the moving date for January 11th. Unfortunately, when that date came a snow storm arrived making it necessary to move the date to January 24th and 25th, which turned out to be dry and clear days.

The trees were all numbered 1-21, as were the new planting locations. Big Trees spent the first day digging up the trees and carving out large rootballs to ensure survivability. They also dug out the receiving holes at the space where the trees were being moved to. On the second day all of the trees were moved and replanted.

The day was both somber and celebratory for everyone involved.  The bare slope of the massive slide is visible from the site and a constant reminder of the devastation that happened that day back in 2014.  There were a lot of powerful emotions for everybody involved – the Big Trees crew, the Snohomish County representatives and the family members who were present.

“I love being involved in projects like these,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.  “These trees had been planted to memorialize the loss of one’s life and when it was discovered that the trees needed to be moved, there was such a high degree of sentiment that this had to be done successfully and respectfully.  I am so glad everything went well and was a positive experience for all involved.”

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

Caring for a Newly Transplanted Tree

By Nancy Penrose

Transplanting a tree is an operation that requires experience and care. Being able to transplant the tree is only a small part of the job. Knowing if a tree is a good candidate for transplant, knowing how to safely dig the rootball and transport the tree, and knowing how to plant the tree in its new location are all points that are essential for ensuring that the tree will thrive in its new home.

But that is only the beginning. A lot goes into caring for a newly transplanted tree to ensure it makes it. Here are a few of the things to know when caring for a newly transplanted tree.

A newly transplanted tree needs regulated irrigation. The goal is to keep the soil around the roots moist (not soaked, as that isn’t good for the tree). In general, a newly planted or transplanted tree needs 1 gallon of water per 1 caliper (trunk diameter) per day during the growing season (April – October.)  Meaning, if you have a 2” caliper tree, it needs 2 gallons of water per day.  Trees do NOT need to be watered during the dormant months (typically October-March.)

Another important point to remember with a newly transplanted tree is mulch. Laying down mulch helps any tree (when done correctly) and can be vital for a newly transplanted one. You want to create a sort of “donut” around the base of the tree, putting down mulch 4-6 inches away from the base of the tree. The mulch should be about 2-4 inches deep. This helps keep in moisture, as well as trap heat below the surface during winter.

You don’t want to heavily prune the tree during the first year or so. The branches need time to grow and excessive pruning will stunt their growth. Keep pruning to just removing visibly damaged or dead branches. Pruning after the first year becomes very important for maintaining the tree’s health, but in the first year it should be avoided.

If you have any questions or observe something that concerns you about a newly transplanted tree, contact a tree care specialist. At Big Trees we’ve helped many people who have had questions about how to care for their newly transplanted trees. The last thing any homeowner wants is to have something threaten the life of a young tree, but thankfully with some proactive care a tree can thrive and remain as a beautiful part of a home’s 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

Specimen Japanese Maple Saved and Moved to Permanent Location

Tree Transplantation Company Helps Save Specimen Japanese Maple

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (www.bigtreesupply.com) was recently asked to move a large, mature Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’ Lionshead Japanese maple from a property in North Seattle to the Washington Park Arboretum. The tree was being donated to the Arboretum as it had outgrown its current location. Big Trees checked the site, determined what would be needed for the transplant and was able to successfully transplant the tree to its new home.

In Big Trees’ experience, it is a common problem that trees planted years or even decades earlier will outgrow their spaces. One of Big Trees services is to transplant trees, moving them to another location in the same yard, bringing the trees back to their nursery to rehome, or moving them to another property. The company has also found that there are many reasons why trees may not be a good candidate for transplanting. One of the biggest reasons is if the site doesn’t afford access to where the tree is located or to where the tree is slated to go. Another is if the tree is too close to a house, sidewalk, or other structure that prohibits digging a large enough rootball to ensure the tree’s survival. If these factors can be handled then the tree can be moved safely.

When Big Trees was asked to inspect this Lionshead maple they found it had no major impediments and was a great candidate for transplanting. Big Trees spent the first day digging and securing the rootball. Then the canopy was tied up and the tree was ready to be lifted. The second day they used a 10,000lb reach forklift to remove the tree, load it onto a flatbed and tie it down to move it across town to the Arboretum. The receiving hole was pre-dug by the staff at the Arboretum and when the tree arrived, it was carefully rigged, lifted and unloaded. Once the tree was in the hole and turned the way the Arboretum staff wanted, all rigging, burlap and ropes were removed prior to finishing the planting. The rootball was then top dressed with mulch and the transplant was complete.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated the following on the successful transplant: “I love projects like these. A local community member appreciated the value and beauty of this specimen maple and went through the expense and effort to find a permanent home for it. How cool is that? They now have a new tree that looks as if it has been growing there for decades and it’s there to greet people as they come to visit the Japanese Garden in the Arboretum.”

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

Tree Transplant Company Helps Move Heirloom Trees

Big Trees Helps Family Move Special Trees to New Home

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (www.bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and transplant company in the Seattle area, recently was contacted by a family looking to move trees with special sentimental value to two new homes. This prevented the trees from being bulldozed when their previous house was sold. Big Trees came in and, despite potential complications, was able to move the trees successfully to their new homes.

Big Trees was contacted recently to move some specimen Hydrangea plants. Two sisters contacted Big Trees to see if they could move six (6) large Hydrangea plants from the home they grew up in to each of their homes. The sisters grew up in this family home that they have owned since the early 70s in Seattle. Their mother passed away in 2008 but their father lived there until 2020 when he passed on. They just recently sold the home, but part of the sale included the removal of six 7-8′ Specimen Hydrangeas. Both parents were avid gardeners, the large Hydrangeas being some of their favorite plants.

Not wanting to lose the trees, the sisters called in Big Trees to help save them by having them moved to their new homes. Four plants were to go to a home in Snohomish and two plants were to go to a home in Bothell. A potential complication came up when Big Trees arrived at the site, only to find that there was no equipment access to get to the trees. Big Trees proceeded to hand dig the trees and wrestle them out with a hand cart. The transplant was successful and the trees were moved to their new homes.

After reinstallation in their new homes, the sisters said, “Thank you so much for helping bring a bit of our mom and dad home. It’s nice to have a part of mom and dad here now.”
“I love projects like this,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees. “It’s so satisfying not only to save plants that would otherwise have been bulldozed but help with the grieving process and leave a permanent memory of somebody’s loved ones.”

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

Top Tree Care Tips for Winter

By Nancy Penrose

As you’re getting ready for winter, you’ll probably want to ensure you have enough warm clothes, snow tires for your car and other common sense things to ensure you’re prepared for the colder months. But how about your trees? Are they prepared for winter?
Winter can be a hard time for trees. Particularly for younger trees, if they aren’t cared for properly they can sustain damage that is hard to recover from. In the worst case scenario, the tree might not make it. So, knowing how to care for your trees, particularly younger trees, is very important to ensure they have the best chance of coming into spring healthy.
Here are our top tips for caring for your trees this winter.

Pruning

Winter is an ideal time to prune your trees. In particular, you don’t want to prune too early. Pruning your trees once they have entered dormancy is important for several reasons. Pruning a tree BEFORE it enters dormancy encourages it to grow during the winter season, which is bad for the tree. Pruning a tree AFTER it enters dormancy is ideal.
When pruning your tree you want to focus on removing dead, dying, diseased or otherwise damaged branches. If you aren’t sure about which branches need to be pruned, or if you’re not sure how to do it without injuring the tree, it’s best to contact a tree care professional for assistance.

Watering

During the winter months you don’t need to water your trees.  Be sure to turn your irrigation off and bring any timers that are on your hosebibs inside at the first threat of freeze.  When threat of freeze has passed (typically late March or early April) put new batteries in your timers and then set them up again.

Mulch

Mulch is important all year round, but especially in winter! It helps seal in the natural warmth from the ground as well as the moisture the tree needs in order to survive.
To optimally use mulch, cover the soil around the base of the tree in a 3-5 inch layer of mulch. You actually want to start a few inches away from the trunk of the tree and then extend the mulch about 2 feet. Starting the mulch right up against the trunk can cause too much moisture to be trapped in the roots which leads to decay and some diseases.

Protection from Freezing

If you have a particularly vulnerable tree, like a very young tree or one that was recently transplanted, you will want to consider some protection from freezing. You can cover a tree with burlap or a tree-friendly tarp. This can help keep the earth’s naturally accumulated warmth. If the weather drops below freezing, you’ll want to be prepared to protect your more vulnerable trees.

Animals

Winter is a time where rodents may try to seek shelter in your trees. They will also seek to forage for scarce food. All of this can cause damage to your trees and must be handled rapidly when it comes up. Check for this fairly frequently and set out traps if you see them. You can also call an animal control specialist to help get rid of any pests/rodents that are persistent.
Following these common sense tips can go a long way to keeping your trees healthy and able to survive through to spring. If you also consult a tree care specialist as needed, your trees will have an excellent chance of continuing to thrive for many years, no matter how frightful the weather is.

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

Tree Company Hired to Plant 500 Trees on One Property

Large Tree Transplant Job Successfully Completed in Northwest Washington State

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), a tree transplant company in the Seattle area, was recently contacted for a job of planting new trees around a large property. In total, Big Trees ended up planting over 500 trees around the landscape.

The homeowners had owned their 20-acre property for over 40 years. However, trouble started when a neighboring piece of property was sold to developers. The neighboring property had previously been full of native growth and there had never been problems. But with the property sold, the land had been almost completely cleared of growth to make way for development of 300 new homes. The result was that very little growth was left between the homeowner’s piece and the new development.

The homeowners were concerned as the noise from the construction crews was disruptive, and construction was predicted to take 2 years to complete. What used to be a peaceful, private environment for these homeowners literally disappeared almost overnight. The homeowners called Big Trees to come in to resolve the situation by installing layers of new trees which would provide both a visual privacy screen, and effectively cancel out the noise.

Big Trees installed layers of different trees, mostly Laurels and Cedars of different varieties. The trees are of fast-growing varieties, with the result that it won’t be long before privacy is completely restored. “The noise of the construction is still there,” said the homeowner, “but it is reduced and the larger cedars are already covering up the new roads and structures.”

“We met onsite with the homeowner and picked strategic places in front of windows to plant larger cedars and create instant privacy,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.
“After we had those in place, we filled in the other areas with layers of Excelsa Cedars and Laurels. We used different heights to create a more natural look. In 5 years, you won’t even know there is a large new neighborhood behind them!”

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

The Best Ornamental Trees for Washington

By Nancy Penrose

Many trees have different purposes, such as providing shade, a pop of color, or providing a privacy screen for the yard. There are some trees, however, which stand out as specimen trees, celebrated for adding beauty to the whole area around them. These beautiful trees make stunning and unique additions to any yard.

Here are our picks for our favorite ornamental trees that add great beauty to any landscape:

Stewartia ‘pseudocamellia’

This beautiful deciduous tree has green leaves in the spring and then a mix of reds, yellows and orange in the fall. Early summer produces camellia shaped white flowers.  The bark is a stunning patchwork of cream and brown colors that look fantastic year round with uplighting. It likes damp, well-draining soils and is suitable to smaller gardens. The books say ultimate height can be 40-50’ but they are very slow growing and more average heights are 20-25’.

Styrax japonica, Japanese Snowbell

This graceful tree is native to Japan.  The snowbell has lightly fragranced white bell- shaped flowers that bloom in late spring.  It has strong horizontal branches and a rounded crown. Typically, they grow to 20-30’ tall and wide, but slowly, making them a wonderful choice for a compact tree.

Cornus kousa, Korean Dogwood

This dogwood is a small vase-shaped tree that will reach 20-25’ tall. Eventually maturing to a more rounded form at maturity. In late spring it has a prolific off-white star-shaped blooms.  In the summer the layered branches create nice green leaves that are great for shade.  In the fall the leaves turn a bright red and it also has a bright red berry.  Even in the winter the jigsaw like bark offers seasonal interest.

Cornus florida, Florida pink flowering dogwood

This tree grows 20-30’ tall, often low-branching, broadly pyramidal but somewhat flat-topped canopy. It arguably may be the most beautiful of the native American flowering trees. It is native all the way from Maine to southern Ontario, to Illinois and Kansas and down south to Florida, Texas and Mexico. It’s one of the first trees to blossom in the spring, and in the fall the distinctive and beautiful pink-red leaves play a big role in this tree becoming such a show-stopper.

Acer Palmatum dissectum, Laceleaf Japanese Maple

This round, weeping deciduous tree has many qualities that make it an excellent garden plant, including a sculpted form, deeply cut foliage, arching shoots, and depending on the variety, fall colors ranging from bright orange to deep red. These trees have beautiful winter interest with their distinctive trunk structure.  Growing only to 8-10 ‘tall, this delicate looking and very distinctive tree is sure to attract attention for its natural beauty.

Acer palmatum (Upright) Japanese Maple

No list of the best ornamental trees would be complete without the Japanese Maple. There are many sub-cultivars of Japanese maples to choose from.  Some can be broad while others are more narrow.  Some are a purple leaf in the summer and others are green.  They can also have a wide range of fall colors from yellow to bright red. These trees will stun with their natural beauty all year round.  Ultimate height on average is 15-20’ tall.

Parrotia persica, Vanessa Persian Ironwood

The Parrotia ‘Vanessa’ has multi seasonal interest.  This tree has an upright columnar habit, with a canopy shape of an upright oval.  The leaves are a lush green in the summer that turn a sensational variety of colors, typically a mix of yellows, oranges and reds in the fall. The Parrotia Vanessa is a great tree for smaller yards and gardens maxing out in height at 20-30’.

Let us know what your favorite trees are that stand above for the beauty they add to their neighborhood!

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

 

Our Favorite Reasons You Should Plant a Tree This Fall

By Nancy Penrose

Fall is fast approaching, bringing us to the perfect season for planting trees.
There are many benefits to planting a tree in your yard. In fact, I’d bet there are a lot more benefits than you ever realized. Here are a few of our favorite reasons planting a tree helps you and those around you.

Trees Help Improve Your Health

Everyone knows that trees provide oxygen for the environment, but there are other health benefits to living in an area with lots of trees. Studies have been done that show trees can help to boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, increase energy level and even improve your sleep.

Spending time around trees can even reduce stress and help improve your mood. Studies have indicated that patients in hospitals recovered from surgery more quickly when their rooms offered a view of trees. Another study showed that kids in school tended to retain more information from classes when the kids spent a bit of time each day outdoors around plants and trees. Having more trees in an area and spending time around them can help everyone reduce stress.

Trees Help Improve Your Community

There are several ways trees improve a community. Trees can compliment the architecture in a neighborhood. This enhances both the general aesthetic and property values of the buildings.

Many people decide to have privacy screens of trees line their yard. This creates a living barrier between properties or between a property and the street. Many people feel this natural option is better than a wall or fence for ensuring privacy in their yard.
Studies have even indicated that trees lining streets can have a calming effect on the traffic moving through a neighborhood, with vehicles moving more slowly and safely. It all comes back to the natural reduction in stress when people more regularly spend time in an area with trees.

Trees Help the Environment

It is common knowledge that trees provide oxygen for the atmosphere and that this is beneficial. What is not as commonly known is that this isn’t the only way trees help the environment.

There is an “urban heat island effect”: areas where the trees or vegetation in an area have been largely replaced by concrete and pavement tend to get hotter. Usually, the trees and other vegetation help to mitigate this and cool an area off, but with very few trees the heat is trapped in the area and this can actually result in rising energy costs (such as air conditioning), more air pollution and other problems. Planting more trees in an area mitigates this factor and cools the whole area down.

There is a bit more to be said about what trees do for the atmosphere. They filter out harmful dust and pollutants such as ozone and carbon monoxide. So having an abundance of trees in an area helps to naturally filter the air and reduce air pollution.

Trees Can Have Economic Benefits

There are actually a few ways that trees can help a property economically.

Evergreen trees on a property can act as a windbreak and reduce heating costs for a home in winter. In summer, having trees around your home can help reduce cooling costs by providing shade that cuts down on the amount of sun your home gets.

Trees also tend to improve the value of a property. A property that is well landscaped with trees can raise property value by an appreciable amount.

In summary, there are many benefits to planting trees. They help you, your community and the environment in countless ways. We’d all benefit from a few more trees being planted, so this fall let’s do just that!

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

Help Do Your Part to Prevent Summer Fires

By Nancy Penrose

As we get into the full swing of summer, visions of sipping lemonade on the porch watching kids play in the yard fill our heads. While this is certainly a happy time full of memories, it is also the time with the greatest risk of fires. We all play a part in reducing this risk so summer stays a good time for all. Read more »

Tree Transplanting Company Helps Salvage Landscape After Fire

Big Trees Inc Saves Trees from Being Demolished in Local Neighborhood

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (https://bigtreesupply.com), a tree transplanting company in the Seattle area, was recently called in to help salvage a landscape that had fallen prey to a fire. A local homeowner had been utilizing a weed burner to handle weeds in their yard when a row of trees caught on fire. Thankfully no one was injured and the fire was contained. Big Trees was called in to assist the homeowner in replacing the trees which had previously provided a privacy screen for the yard. Read more »