Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Privacy Tree Seattle Homeowners Love

By Nancy Penrose

Looking for the ideal Northwest privacy tree? Whether you’re shielding your backyard from prying eyes, reducing noise or looking to create a serene green space, this article covers the most suitable trees for privacy in the Seattle area. Learn about low-maintenance evergreens, like the Emerald Green Arborvitae, and fast-growing options for quick coverage, like the Leyland Cypress, all while taking the local climate into consideration. Discover planting tips, care advice, and how to choose the best species for your specific needs – a comprehensive guide for your tranquil, secluded garden.

Key Takeaways

  • The Emerald Green Arborvitae and Green Giant cedar are the top choices in Seattle for creating a low-maintenance, elegant privacy screen that’s aesthetically pleasing and functional.
  • Excelsa Cedar and Leyland Cypress are magnificent natural privacy screens that may require regular maintenance

Emerald Green Arborvitae: Top Choice for Seattle Privacy Trees

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is the go-to choice in Seattle for developing a living barrier that endures. This evergreen tree is renowned not only as a steadfast partition but also embodies effortless grace with its perennial vibrant green color and majestic upright shape.
This species of arborvitae offers versatility whether you aim to establish a secluded outdoor space or yearn for some private tranquility. It fulfills various requirements, blending beauty with functionality seamlessly.

Growth Habit and Maintenance

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is ideally suited as a Seattle privacy tree for smaller gardens or narrow planting beds, possessing several attractive traits.

  • At maturity, these plants can reach heights between 15-20 feet.
  • They have a narrow enough width to comfortably fit into areas where space is limited.
  • Once they become established, their growth rate accelerates.
  • These arborvitaes naturally form a dense and lush privacy screen.

The Green Giant cedar is a hybrid of the Thuja plicata and Thuja standashii and  is ideally suited as a Seattle privacy tree for yards with narrow planting beds, but require more height than the Emerald Green Arborvitae offer.  The Green Giant can get 8 feet wide, but 30-40 feet tall and can be hedged to maintain the necessary height and width.

  • At maturity, these plants can reach heights between 30-40 feet.
  • They are narrower than the Excelsa Cedar or Leyland Cypress
  • These arborvitaes naturally form a dense and lush privacy screen.

To make sure your new trees flourish, you should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Plant it in an area that receives ample sunlight and has soil that allows for good drainage.  Emerald Greens will not do well in shady areas.
  • It’s important to maintain consistent watering, particularly during the first 3 years after planting.  Drip lines or loops of soaker hose are most effective and efficient.

Planting Tips for Instant Privacy

Desiring instant privacy? Place your Emerald Green Arborvitae trees approximately 2 to 3 feet apart, or the Green Giants 6-8 feet apart for a natural barrier that provides seclusion comparable to conventional fencing.

Excelsa Cedar (Hybrid of the Western Red): A Natural Choice for Privacy Screening

Constructed from the robust Standard Western Red Cedar, this privacy tree epitomizes the natural splendor of the Northwest. Its dense evergreen foliage provides a vibrant green backdrop throughout every season, not merely serving as a privacy barrier but also symbolizing the verdant grandeur typical of Pacific Northwest scenery.

Growth Habit and Maintenance

The Excelsa Cedar is ideally suited for yards that allow space for them to reach their mature height and is characterized by:

  • A towering and cone-shaped outline reaching 25-30’ at maturity
  • Perfectly suited for creating privacy screens
  • Prefers damp, nutrient-rich soil conditions
  • Grows to establish a dense and secluded overhead coverage

Even though the Excelsa Cedar can attain heights close to 30 feet, it maintains a full-bodied appearance. This makes it an ideal selection for garden privacy screens that require bushiness and manageability while offering an alternative look compared to the traditional varieties with their less dense formations.

Ideal Conditions for Growth

Thriving in the rich, adequately drained soils of Seattle, the Excelsa Cedar prospers with steady moisture and a generous layer of organic matter. This resilient cedar revels equally in the brilliance of full sun as well as speckled shade, yet shuns deep shade areas that hinder its robust growth.

Long-Term Care and Control

To foster a dense and healthy growth of your Excelsa Cedar for use as a living screen, consider the following guidance:

  • During spring, enhance its vitality with slow-release fertilizer to feed it essential nutrients.
  • Keep the cedar shapely by cutting away any branches that are dead or damaged. This encourages fresh sprouting and helps keep its appearance orderly.
  • In fall, apply a protective mulch layer around the base to safeguard root systems and preserve soil moisture.

Adhering to these practices will aid in prolonging the life span of your natural barrier.

Fast-Growing Seattle Privacy Trees for Quick Cover

When you need privacy quickly, trees like the Leyland Cypress, Green Giant Cedar and Excelsa Cedar are invaluable due to their swift growth rates. These fast-growing evergreens will soon provide you with a tall and dense screen that not only secures your privacy but also acts as a reliable barrier against wind and noise.

Assessing Your Space

Before introducing fast-growing privacy trees into your landscape, pause to evaluate the unique layout of your property. Consider every aspect of your yard including any existing overhead utility lines and how close elements like your house and driveway are situated, confirming that there is ample space for these privacy-providing trees to thrive without leading to issues down the line.

Bear in mind that when selecting trees to plant, their mature size and foliage characteristics should enhance rather than overpower the overall aesthetic of your garden’s design.

Planning Your Privacy Screen

Crafting a privacy screen with trees is akin to orchestrating a musical masterpiece, where each tree contributes its unique qualities to the collective. It requires strategic planning for utility and aesthetic appeal by taking into account the full-grown size of your selected trees, ensuring minimal trimming in future years. The magic lies in proper spacing balancing the desire for instant privacy and future growth.

For aficionados of Leyland Cypress, ensure these particular trees soak up at least six hours of sunlight daily. In return for this solar indulgence, they’ll flourish with rapid growth rates ideal for establishing your natural privacy barrier.

Achieving Balance Between Speed and Aesthetics

Rapid growth can be impressive, but without regular upkeep, it may lead to untamed chaos. Prune your Leyland Cypress diligently, crafting its form according to your visual preferences and promoting its robustness and well-being.
Incorporate a variety of deciduous trees among the mix for a visually appealing screen that swiftly provides privacy. This addition enhances the garden’s ambiance with speckled sunlight and vibrant hues that shift with the seasons.

Tailoring Your Privacy Trees to Match Your Landscape

Establishing a secluded haven involves more than just the act of planting trees and shrubs. It’s about sculpting an environment that mirrors your personal taste and necessities. Carefully choosing plants and embracing current design trends guarantees that your Seattle privacy trees will fulfill their intended function while also augmenting and elevating the aesthetic appeal of your space.

Considering Form and Foliage

By blending various shapes and textures of plants, you can compose a living mosaic in your garden that delights the senses throughout all seasons. Opt for trees and shrubs whose forms align with the design and dimension of your space, thus crafting an environment that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. This approach allows you to create a vibrant tableau filled with diverse foliage, making your garden an attractive haven.

Customizing for Seasonal Interest

As the seasons shift, your landscape’s appearance transforms as well. Incorporate a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees in your landscaping plan to create an evolving tapestry of seasonal splendor. Remember, texture and hue are essential elements that maintain a vibrant and captivating look for your garden throughout every season.

Working with Landscape Professionals

The expertise of a landscape designer can elevate an average garden to one that is truly exceptional. They provide tailored recommendations on selecting and positioning plants while tackling your garden’s unique hurdles.

Enlisting the help of professionals allows you to gain insight into what your completed project could look like, as well as offering advice on financial planning to guarantee that your gardening project flourishes successfully.

Summary

As our journey through Northwest privacy trees concludes, remember that the perfect garden sanctuary is within reach. Whether you opt for the steadfast elegance of the Emerald Green Arborvitae, the towering grace of the Excelsa or Green Giant Cedar, or the rapid growth of Leyland Cypress, your choices are as diverse as they are beautiful. Combine these with the art of hedge planting, and you have a palette to paint your very own secluded paradise. Embrace these green guardians, and let them transform your space into a private haven, tailored to your landscape and lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I expect privacy from my newly planted Emerald Green Arborvitae?  If you position your Emerald Green Arborvitae with a spacing of 2 to 3 feet between each plant, within several years they will form into a thick and secluded hedge. Year by year, as these plants mature, the level of privacy they afford will progressively increase.

Can Excelsa Cedar and Leyland Cypress be shaped to fit my garden’s aesthetic?  Yes, you can shape the Excelsa Cedar and Leyland Cypress to fit your garden’s aesthetic by pruning it in early spring or late winter for a lush, bushy growth.

What are some fast-growing tree options for a Seattle privacy tree? For rapid privacy, Leyland Cypress, Green Giant and Excelsa Cedar are top choices. The Leyland Cypress can shoot up to a remarkable four feet annually if conditions favor it.  All of these varieties offer impressive speedy growth, making them superb for quick coverage in the Seattle area.

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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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Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
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Trees Improve Air Quality for Big Trees Client

By Nancy Penrose


Recently we installed 15 privacy trees for a client. We install a lot of privacy trees for clients, many of whom will report that they regained privacy of their property from intrusive nearby activities or neighbors.

But with this client, they reported that the 15 trees we planted for them had a surprising effect. The client discovered that their air quality improved after the trees were planted. Here’s what the client had to say:

“We live on a dirt road and we get a lot of dust when cars go around a corner that’s about 600 feet north of our property.  I’ve been monitoring this dust with a purple air sensor attached to the corner of my house for over a year.  I knew that when the humidity drops a little and when a slight wind comes out of the north, my air quality goes down quickly. In the before picture you can see a sort of tunnel right down our driveway, I knew by the wind in my face when the air quality would be bad.

“The morning your crew arrived I could feel the wind in my face and sure enough the air quality was in the 50’s (acceptable but not good). From months of experience I knew the air quality would get worse as the day went on. I was standing by the road watching the guys line the trees up and looking at my phone to see how bad the air quality rating was and instantly (no that’s not an exaggeration), instantly the air got better. The sensor said it had a reading of 53, 30 minutes prior, but the “right now” air quality was 4.  Yes 4. I spent the rest of the day watching the sensor for a bad air quality spike, but it never happened. This morning I woke up to the sound of a chain saw to the north. My neighbor was taking down one of his big Doug Firs. I knew that diesel idling, chain saw smoke, and any vehicle activity on the road would make dust. 1.3 mph wind out of the north, humidity down to 75% already. On any other day like this, the air quality would probably get into the 100’s.  Not today. Air Quality 10. Darn near perfect.  The row of new trees has redirected the airflow down the road and away from my driveway. Wow! – J.D.”

A surprising benefit from trees for this client!

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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10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
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https://arboristblog.com
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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.

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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
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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
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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

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

Summer Tree Care Tips

By Nancy Penrose

Proper care of your trees during the summer months results in a healthy landscape for your yard. Summer is a great time to follow these five tree care tips.

1. Mulching:
Mulching trees is an important action because it cuts down on weeds, stabilizes soil temperatures, and helps conserve soil moisture. It’s best to mulch trees with 3-4 inches of shredded hardwood mulch. Be sure to keep the mulch 4-6 inches away from the trunk.  Placing mulch all the way up to the trunk can suffocate the roots and promotes disease and insect problems.

2. Irrigation:
During the hot summer months, watering trees may be needed, especially if your trees are young or newly planted. Newly planted trees need an average of one inch of water per caliper (trunk diameter), per day. IE: a 4” caliper tree needs 4 gallons of slow drip per day.

3. Fertilization:
Another important step in caring for trees in the summer is making sure they have adequate nutrition to support leaf growth, and resist pests and diseases, and that means fertilizer. Trees growing in urban or suburban areas often need more fertilization than trees in rural areas.

4. Pruning:
While most tree trimming should happen during the dormant season, there are some times when summer tree pruning is necessary. Any diseased, dead, or damaged branches should be pruned out for the health of the tree and for safety reasons. Also, spring flowering trees are best pruned in the early summer, after they finish blooming.

5. Tree pest inspections:
Examine trees for pest infestations regularly throughout the summer. While most insects are not harmful to trees, discovering any potential tree pest problems early gives you a better chance of controlling 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