Central Texas Trees

Central Texas is the home to many multifarious trees, landscapes and distinctive flora & fauna. The trees growing here become a unique feature of its diverse geography.

Having these beautiful inhabitants of Central Texas in your backyard, allows you to enhance the decorative look of your property and home. Here are some of the indigenous tree’s of the area.

1- Lacey Oak (Real Texas Lady)

Type- Deciduous

USDA zone- 7

Nicknamed as the real Texas lady, the Lacey Oak is native to the Edwards Plateau, and Northeastern Mexico. Sartorial elegance, stout & stocky trunk, many hued leaf color; it has a great tolerance for drought, heat and Ph levels of soil. Ideally 30-35 ft, it is resistant to wilt/diseases, etc. and require less maintenance (adaptive to well drained clay soils, slowly growing best on limestone soils). This small/medium sized ornamental shady tree is a catch for your personal verdure.

2- Live Oak (Southern Live Oak/Escarpment Oak)

Type- Evergreen

USDA zone- 6

Having a number of species and names, the Live oak tree is an evergreen, moderately growing tree with an average height of 25-50 ft. The South-central and Southeastern parts of America host these species on sandy, clayey or loamy soil. Its large spread (about 50 feet) is a multipurpose asset.

3- Texas Red Oak (Buckley Oak)

Type- Deciduous 

USDA zone- 8

The foliage of this Southern great plains flowering tree displays bright shades of vivid red and orange in autumn with its dark gray/ black bark. It has many hybrids and makes your garden don the semblance of an ethereal masterpiece because of its height (30-50 ft) and ostentatious appearance.

4- Bur Oak (Mossycup White Oak)

Type- Deciduous

USDA zone- 3-8

Large and tasty acorns (for the wild), this rapid growing prairie tree is an unparalleled flora in longevity (200-300 yr lifespan). Also, its massive shape and size (50-100ft) are a plus apart from the various soils (alkaline, clayey, loamy) it grows on. Good luck hiding a message for future generations in it.

5- Bald Cypress 

Type- Deciduous Conifer

USDA zone- 4-9

When you have a wet garden area all the time, this conifer saves the day. But clean the leaf-mess in winters as it goes bald. Slow growing, medium height (30-35), this tree displays the chilly feel of winters, cinematically.

6- Anacua (Sandpaper tree)

Type- Partial Evergreen

USDA zone- 8-9
This South Central medium sized tree, basically a shrub, has edible drupes. Reaching a good height (25-40ft), it is quite a thing when talking about exceptions (its leaves are fun to touch).

7- Cedar Elm 

Type- Deciduous

USDA zone- 6-9

Requiring very little care, Cedar is a darling. Cool shade, drought resistant, and surviving wet areas, it’s an important tree for public places. Spread of 40-60 ft at maturity and ideal height (50-70ft), Cedar elm’s seeds from the food of wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, squirrels, deer and songbirds alike.

Avoid pruning sessions from Feb – June and paint the tree wounds regardless of the season, to prevent infection. Albeit, these trees require very less care, make sure trimming and pruning if part of your routine for caring for the plants.

I hope this guide to some of our beloved Central Texas trees is informative and might help you understand more what tree’s in this area will thrive well and enhance your Texas property. If you are looking for an Austin Tree Service that is experienced with the local tree’s, we highly recommend our friends at Tree Service Austin. You can reach them at (512 400 2746.) Remember healthy tree’s can add much value to your property and enhance it’s beauty.

Read More

HOW TO TRIM HUGE TREE BRANCHES

If you are planning to trim heavy tree limbs then you have to be more careful in not damaging the bark of the tree or getting in between the natural healing process of the tree. It is really difficult to perfect the art of doing it correctly than doing it in the wrong way especially when you think about how much work it would be too remove a huge and dead tree.

Here are a few ways on how you are going to cut or trim those big tree limbs hanging in your ride:

1. YOU MUST KNOW HOW TREES HEAL 

Truthfully, those trees do not heal like humans do. If you trim the brand of a tree, it will form a callous tissue of the trees just like when we have a scar so that it will cover the wound from the diseases that could harm the tree and kill it.

The scar on the tree will always be there for the rest of its life and it will be sealed of forever so that it would let the tree grow very well. This is why you need to trim trees carefully so that you cannot disrupt this process. If you don’t do it well, the tree will become very weak and it will easily get diseases.

If the wounds are well healed, it will have bumps and this is just a sign that it is completely covered. The callous tissue grows starting from the outside part going to the center and this is why the donut-shaped scar is normal if it is still along the process of healing over.

2. TRIMMING A TREE LIMB

If you are trimming a tree limb, it involves three different cuts

The first one is the NOTCH CUT, you can do this by cutting a notch at the bottom of the limb, make sure that it is 2-3 feet away from its trunk and a quarter away through the trunk. The notch that you made will prevent the bark to split when you make your next trim.

The second one is the RELIEF CUT that is made on the outside of the notch and you have to cut completely through the branch of the tree, this is very useful in removing the weight of the branch and making sure that the branch will not fall and split while you are doing your final cut.

3. FINAL CUT

This is the most important one that you will make in the branch collar where it transitions to the smooth part of the bark. You must follow the slanting of the branch collar and if you would not be able to fit the saw in the crotch at its right angle and cut it starting from the bottom then upwards.

These are just some of the things that you need to consider if you are planning to trim your tree branches. If you want to have less hassle by the end of the day, refer to these steps and tricks.

Read More

Questions To Ask Your Tree Trimming Company

Tree care can be a little dangerous especially if the trees are very large and huge for you and your skills this is why you need to hire a professional to do so. In this way, they will be able to help you with it so that you can lessen the burden on your part. Tree care is really challenging because there are a number of things that you should consider like electrical wires, fences, wildlife, or other homes. But, there are also risks when you hire a tree service company. To avoid this, we are going to help you by informing you on the basic questions that you should ask to your tree trimming Round Rock service companies.

tree

Make sure to not only ask these questions but you should also be satisfies with their response to the queries.

ABOUT INSURANCE – ask them if they can give you an up-to-date certificate of insurance and of course, their work contract. This should be the most important person to know if they are properly and legally insured and that you will not be worrying about damages, injuries or accidents.

THEIR CREDENTIALS – the company that you are going to hire should be with an ISA or the International Society of Arboriculture, a certified arborist, a TCIA or Tree Care Industry Association Accredited Business and a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional and the company should have a Line Clearance Arborists if they are working will electrical conductors.

LIST OF REFERENCES – a good company would really like to share a list of their many and satisfied customers. Make sure that these customers are from the past month or so and not many years back.

AN ESTIMATE – you should ask for estimates so that you can compare them to other companies of the same services. This is also useful in knowing the scope of the job that is going to be done with the tree on your property.

HOW AND WHAT EQUIPMENTS WILL BE USED – make sure that they are not bringing a massive equipment in your backyard without you being prepared for it because it can ruin your lawn and your flowers and will cause more harm than good. Also, if you have sprinkler heads and more objects consider them so that they will not be damaged.

HOW MUCH TIME WOULD IT TAKE – when you  get an estimate, this comes with it and other companies may offer a number days while others can just do it for hours on your backyard. Compare and contrast.

MATERIALS USED – Do not let them use spikes while climbing to trim the trees because it will cause unhealthy wounds to the tree and the tree might dies instead of making it healthier by trimming.

THE CREW – The crew of the company should be wearing protective hats and other equipments because it is important to protect them as well. And a good company cares for the welfare of their workers and not just their customers.

 

Read More

WHAT TREES SHOULD YOU CONSIDER

Trees have different assets that go well with some landscapes. And others have requirements in order for them to survive on your yard. Many best live in moist, woodsy and rich soils on the acidic side and others like alkaline soil which is dry because it does not have matters that hold moisture.

tree

But some trees are needed to be considered because of their liabilities like thorns which is not safe for families with children, others are weedy and it does not look good in the front yard. Also, some are messy which spread twigs and all that all over the place. This is why you need to search for trees that will really suit your liking.

A lot of people think that if the tree is small, it is still young but it is not always like that, some might be small because it does not have enough nutrients to support its growth and some are also made to be small and cute.

Trees also live according to the weather on the country you are living in. Tropical trees can never survive in cold weather and this is why you need to make sure that it really fits your home. Trees that are planted in the city are more likely to live shorter life spans as compared to the trees that planted in the countryside. There are also trees that can still live despite extreme weather conditions.

EXAMPLE OF ORNAMENTAL TREES

  • Callery pear has small white flowers during spring and it produces colorful foliage during autumn. This tree is fast growing and its canopy reaches 45 feet at its maturity
  • Crabapple grows up to 30 feet tall and it has dark pink flower buds that blossoms into white during the spring. The flowers from it produces little red and yellow apples that are mostly eaten by birds. This tree has its unique irregular shape.
  • Japanese maples can grow up to 25 feet tall and it has foliage that are rich in color and has interesting shapes.
  • Redbud has tiny and pinkish with a little bit of purple flowers in its stems and branches in the early moments of spring. These flowers will give way to many rows of leaves that are in the shape of the heart. The pods are more visible when the leaves turn yellow during autumn.
  • Saucer Magnolia can grow up to 30 feet and its flowers are six inches long and it has the color of pale pink in the spring.
  • Chinese dogwood has many white flowers that have pointy petals. It also has dangling red fruits from the branches during fall.
  • Weeping cherry can grow to 25 feet tall and will spread very wide and they have flowers in pink or white which is great to look at.
  • Citrus will have white flowers that you would like and it has fruits that can be eaten but this try will die if they are not cared properly
  • Serviceberry is a small tree or a large shrub which can only grow to 20 feet. The white flowers in June become dark fruits that you can eat.

 

 

Read More

Recent Comments

    Categories

    RSS TreePeople Blog

    • Soil Maintenance – the Secret to Healthy Plants! November 8, 2018
      One of the keys to maintaining native and climate-appropriate plants in your sustainable landscape is the health of the soil.  Plant roots utilize and store nutrients in the soil environment, so it is essential that the soil contains what the roots need!    Can’t I Just Add Fertilizer? It is not necessary to spend your […]
    • A Dirty Recipe for Perfect Soil October 30, 2018
          One of our recent blogs gave you an idea of why organic soil is better for your plants than dousing your garden with chemicals. Here are the key components of healthy soil, explained:   Sand, Silt, and Clay These materials comprise the texture of soil. While the three are comprised of rocks and minerals, […]
    • A Scary Good Fact in Time for Halloween! October 17, 2018
      Is this a scene from a scary movie? Does an evil clown lurk down here?   Is a local acting group doing a cult film reenactment?   NOPE. THE TRUTH IS MUCH MORE TERRIFYING. This is our underground cistern: it provides a smart way to collect and store up to 216,000 GALLONS of rainwater, which […]
    • A Night to Remember: An Evening Under the Harvest Moon October 11, 2018
        On one of the first fall evenings of 2018, a cool breeze blew through Coldwater Canyon Park, sending the fallen leaves of our deciduous trees dancing down the winding hiking trails. At the top of the hill, the TreePeople Conference center bustled with energy as our massive cistern was transformed into a grand ballroom […]
    • The Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition will be in Pasadena October 29-30, 2018! October 11, 2018
      Attention educators and school administrators! 2018 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition will be coming to the Pasadena Convention Center October 29-30, 2018.  The nation’s first statewide green schools event, the conference focuses on the strategies, best practices, and technologies needed to create healthy, high-performance learning environments for California students. The opening session […]
    • Imagine a Day Without Water October 10, 2018
      A message from Value of Water Campaign For people who work in the water sector, on water protection, or create water technology, you know the importance of water. But most Americans turn on the tap or flush the toilet without thinking twice about the incredible systems that bring water to them and take it away safely, […]
    • The Future of California Water is in Your Hands! October 3, 2018
      We’re only a few weeks out from election day and we want to remind you to vote YES on Prop 3! The bond will invest $8.877 billion dollars in California water infrastructure, including key categories like safe drinking water, Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGMA) implementation, watershed restoration, fish and wildlife habitat conservation, infrastructure repair, and many […]
    • Where Will You Save Our Water? October 3, 2018
      Every year in Los Angeles, we pump 85% of our water to our city from hundreds of miles away. Meanwhile, over 100 billion gallons of rainwater are lost and polluted simply because we don’t have the infrastructure to collect it properly. This precious, free resource goes to waste and harms the environment as it moves. […]
    • Sustainable Gardening- A New Maintenance Reality October 1, 2018
      As more Angelenos convert their yards from traditional gardens of thirsty plants and lawns to more sustainable landscapes, they are seeing some welcome bonuses. For one thing, weekly, lawn mowing, and hedge trimming can now be a thing of the past! Believe it or not, traditional yards take up more time and resources than those […]
    • Forest Aid: TreePeople and Boeing Launch A New Campaign for Healthy Forests and Fire Resilience September 13, 2018
      “Trees need people and people need trees,” chanted 50 elementary students from Sylmar and Inglewood, making branch shapes with their arms. The students – on field trips to Coldwater Canyon Park for the kick-off event – joined Cal Fire, LA Conservation Corps, Junior Rangers, Spectrolabs, and Sen. Bob Hertzberg on September 7 to cheer at […]