Category Archives: Tree Care

Honey Mesquite

Honey Mesquite The mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) is a pod-bearing tree native to South Texas. It is named for its sweet, honey-producing flowers.   They grow an average of 20-40 feet tall and have a broad crown of similar proportions with … Continue reading

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The Gall!

We got a call yesterday from a gentleman with galls on his oak trees. Galls are ball-like formations sometimes found on the undersides of leaves. There are many different kinds of galls – usually caused by a wasp, fly or aphid.    In … Continue reading

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Goose Islands “Big Tree”

Just how many gallons of water will simulate a half-inch of rain on a huge old oak?   Coastal bend experts figured 13,000 gallons would do the job.  According to the Associated Press, volunteer firefighters were concerned about the effect the … Continue reading

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Protect Your Investment!

In our neck of the woods, we haven’t had measurable rainfall in months!  Driving around the Valley, it appears that lots of people have have just thrown their arms in the air in surrender.    Now is the time to water smart!  To get … Continue reading

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Roots, roots, roots

Live Oak Rootball At Simmons Oak Farms, all our shade trees are field grown in RootMaker bags.  These bags have a solid bottom with a knit mesh on the sides.  As you can see in the picture above, this system … Continue reading

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Handling & Installation of Texas Mountain Laurel

HANDLING DIRECTIONS: Texas mountain laurel has a very sparse root system.  Because of this, the rootball breaks easily.    Do not move this item when the rootball is wet and, thus, heavy.  The roots can’t support the weight of the soil … Continue reading

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Watering Your Trees

 Newly planted trees must be watered thoroughly for the first five (5) days after planting.  This settles the soil and removes air pockets in the soil and from around the tree. Supplemental watering is extremely important during the first two … Continue reading

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Tree Planting Instructions

How your new tree is planted can determine whether it thrives or dies.  Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball.  If you have heavy clay soil, mix your dirt and a planting mix … Continue reading

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Where to Plant a Tree

A little planning will go a long way when it comes to planting trees.   The largest investment (in both time and money) in your garden are your trees.    Here is our short list of helpful hints in choosing a location for … Continue reading

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Tree Pruning

Pruning is important to your tree’s health.   It keeps your trees looking great and growing at an optimum rate.   Pruning is used to remove diseased or decaying branches.  There are also safety reasons to prune a tree. When you are … Continue reading

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