Tree Transplantation Company Saves Large Maple Trees at Remodeling Site

Mid COVID-19 Pandemic Big Trees Inc Still Committed to Saving Scenic Trees

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in northern Washington State, recently handled the transplanting of 10 large Vine Maple trees at a construction site. The company has over 30 years of experience in the tree transplanting, and they were able to carry out the task with no complications or difficulties.

In January 2020, the owners of a company taking over an old building in the Redmond, WA, area contacted Big Trees Inc., asking for their help with the trees. The 10 large Vine Maple trees were in the way of the company’s remodeling project for the building, but the owners were adamant that the trees be saved. After initial evaluation Big Trees determined that the best plan to move the trees was prior to mid-March, while the trees were still dormant.

However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the plans. That is until May, when the site was opened up again and the transplanting project was resumed. Due to the change in climate, Big Trees employed techniques to treat the trees and put them in a temporary state of dormancy, so the trees could still be moved despite already leafing out. The trees were then moved using a 10,000 lb heavy duty forklift. There was not enough room on site to store the trees, however Big Trees Inc was able to find room for them in their tree nursery, where they will stay for the next 2 years while the company remodeling project is fully completed. At that point Big Trees Inc. will assist in safely returning the trees to their home. The company was very thankful for Big Trees Inc.’s assistance on the site, and the company’s landscape architect stated she was excited to design her plan around the large specimen Vine maples.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees Inc., stated: “I love projects like these. Today, more and more owners of large projects are genuinely concerned about the existing landscape and try to do everything they can to save what is viable.  It is really nice to see – and good for all the parties involved, but particularly the plants!”

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 http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

 

Can I Still Plant a Tree this Summer?

by Nancy Penrose

With summer on its way, and after the difficult times we’ve all been through as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, people are beginning to turn their attention again outdoors. Caring for our lawns, gardens and trees naturally brings a bit of much needed enjoyment. There has never been a better representation of regrowth and rejuvenation than the time-honored tradition of planting a tree.

So it leads to the question: “Can I really plant a tree successfully in summer?” Traditionally in the Pacific Northwest, planting trees is done in Fall, Winter or Spring, because the trees are more dormant during this time. However, planting in summer can be done, provided the tree is consistently irrigated and monitored.

Planting Trees in Summer
The danger with planting a tree in summer is that when you plant a tree, at any time, it puts a lot of stress on the tree. Your new tree is in an unfamiliar environment and hasn’t established its roots to the extent that a mature tree has.

When trees are first planted, they need a lot more water than mature trees. For the first 2 years you should be prepared with an automated watering system.

In summer, trees need enough water to make it through the season, but also to ensure their roots are built up with enough strength to survive the cold of winter. You will need to watch the trees carefully to ensure they are getting enough water, but not so much that the roots get flooded.

Proper watering practices are vital to the survival of a newly planted tree. Watering trees sounds simple enough. Surprisingly, it’s not that easy given that new trees die in the landscape from lack of water every year. The most common cause of decline in newly planted trees is improper irrigation. Here’s the secret: Get water slowly to the root ball to ensure slow delivery so water can gradually soak into the root-ball. Forget sprinkler irrigation, and especially rainfall. Oftentimes, people start up their irrigation systems too late in the season assuming the rain is sufficient. Rainfall WILL NOT water your newly planted tree effectively. Remember, newly planted trees must live entirely off the moisture in their root-ball until roots grow away to surrounding soils. Give them a chance.

Newly planted trees should be irrigated with automated drip irrigation for TWO COMPLETE GROWING SEASONS. This is typically April through October. Water for 15 minutes every day the first year, and 30 minutes 3 days a week the second year. Drip irrigation uses the least amount of water with the highest efficiency. It evenly distributes water directly over the rootball of newly installed trees and it provides consistent moisture levels. Regular pop up sprinkler heads WILL NOT water your newly planted tree effectively, nor will “diligent” hand watering.

Irrigation amount and frequency are dependent on:
Season, Air Temperature, Soil Texture, Soil Structure and Tree Species
With so many factors it is difficult to give an irrigation standard that is appropriate for all trees and landscapes. Generally, no irrigation is needed when trees are dormant. The period of dormancy for deciduous trees is easy to determine because they lose their leaves. Evergreens go dormant also. Use deciduous trees as indicators for the dormancy period for both types of trees. Irrigation should begin when deciduous trees start to bud up or leaf out in early spring. The most amount of water will be required mid to late summer when soil moisture has been reduced and air temperatures are at their highest. In mid to late fall the irrigation schedule can be tapered off back to a watering schedule that was used in early spring. Once fall leaf drop occurs discontinue watering until the next growing season.

So how do you know if you have achieved the right irrigation frequency and timing? One simple method that gives good results requires some investigation:
Use a trowel to dig down at the root zone approximately 4-6”. Pick up a small handful of soil and squeeze it tightly in the palm of your hand. If the soil has formed slightly to the shape of your palm after you have opened your fist, the soil moisture is ideal. If the soil easily crumbles and falls apart the moisture level is too low, and if you are able to squeeze water from the soil when it is in your fist the soil is too wet. All water should be absorbed within 6 hours, and no puddling should occur in the root zone.

Trees absorb both oxygen and water from the soil. Overly saturated soils have little available oxygen and soils that are too dry hold any moisture so tightly that it is unavailable to trees. It is a fine balance that requires continued monitoring and adjustments.

Mulch to Conserve Soil Moisture
Mulch should be used to help conserve soil moisture, and you should replenish the mulch often enough. Bare soil can heat up too much in summer, as water will evaporate quickly. You should generally lay down a couple inches of mulch at a distance about 1 foot from the base of the trunk. Your tree should have a layer of mulch around it all year-long, but in summer this is critical.

Inspect For Tree Health
Keep an eye on your trees to ensure they are remaining strong. If leaves or branches are damaged, they can be pruned. If you notice or suspect any signs of damage or a disease, you can always call a specialist to do an inspection and see what the trouble is. Remedying this quickly could mean the difference between whether the tree will be able to thrive, or not.

With enough care and attention, you can ensure your trees survive the summer and continue to be a beautiful addition to your yard for years to come.

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 http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

California Construction Company Provides Free Advice and Consultation to the Public

Silva Construction Providing Advice on Remodeling, Repairs and Additions to Homeowners

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (https://www.silvaconstruction.com), a commercial and residential construction company in Southern California’s South Bay, recently extended its line of service to the public by offering free consultation and advice to homeowners. The company is extending the same offer to business owners and companies for their business renovation and repair needs.

With over 45 years of experience in the construction field, Silva Construction is now offering advice to any homeowners seeking assistance with home repair, remodeling projects, and general structural problems with their homes. This is in addition to the company’s already established service of free estimate on projects of home remodeling and construction. Ways to reach the company can be found on their contact information page on their website: https://www.silvaconstruction.com/contact-us/

Dave Silva, co-owner of the company, made the announcement in response to the continuing problems encountered by public due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making it clear he stood by to do anything he could to help the public get through this crisis. He stated: “In this time, when so many people are forced to stay at home due to the unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves in, we want homeowners to know they are not alone. People find themselves faced with things breaking down in the house, or there’s the remodeling project that you’ve been meaning to do but never had the time. We want to help people achieve their home building goals. So we’ve opened our doors to giving any and all advice and consultation to the public on whatever is needed to improve their homes.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

FineCraft Contractors had a Successful Live Webinar

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/) had a successful live webinar regarding the metro DC real estate market.

George Papaheraklis from FineCraft Contractors was a part of a successful live webinar on April 21, 2020 with Rob Chevez and Brad Preisinger titled “Good News from a Builder, Realtor and Banker.” In this webinar, the industry experts, including George Papaheraklis from FineCraft, shared how they have been navigating and maintaining success during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The live webinar helped inform clients and workers within the industry of what things currently look like for the industry during Covid-19.

Jimena L., a past client of FineCraft stated, “Finecraft Contractors is a well rounded professional company in the DC area. Their crew is highly skilled and the staff has superb customer service. Every project we have seen has exceeded our expectations. It is hard to find a building company with such high attention to detail. Working with the Finecraft family makes your experience enjoyable and gratifying.”

Yuctan H., another past client of FineCraft said, “We hired FineCraft to repair our master bathroom after the discovery of a leak and mold. The Finecraft team was very professional and a pleasure to work with. They listened to our concerns as well as our ideas and came up with recommendations that fit with the design. They have a great network of suppliers and we were able to find great deals on tiles, fixtures and granite.”

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

Surviving a Downturn: Successful Actions to be Successful

By Niko Papaheraklis

In times like today when we’re experiencing a crisis, it can feel like there’s nothing you can do about it.

But, there’s always something you can do to be successful, even during a difficult time. Below, we’re sharing some successful actions you can take today to become successful when everything else feels like its on a downturn.

1. Keep promoting

It would seem logical that during a crisis you would stop promoting your business. But, you actually want to do the opposite. There are a couple reasons for that. One being that people still need your services or product. The second being that many other businesses (even your competitors) will probably stop promoting their businesses, which means you’ll be top of mind, and most importantly, in business.

2. Look at facts

In today’s world we are bombarded with opinions on a daily basis. It’s important to ensure what you’re reading is factual information and/or is from a credible source.

3. Be flexible

Times like what we’re experiencing now require you to be a little flexible. Say you usually required a 30% retainer to begin a service. You may need to offer smaller retainers or a more flexible payment plan for the time being to be able to continue to serve your clients or customers. That’s just one example, but being flexible and understanding where your customers are at is important.

4. Get creative

Some of the best ideas come at a time of crisis. Things that would normally work may not be effective, so it’s time to get creative and start thinking of a possible new service or way of delivering your service you wouldn’t have thought of before. Who knows, maybe it’ll turn into a very successful and lucrative project!

If you don’t own a business, take this time to get creative in personal ways. Start that new hobby you’ve been wanting to try or learn a new skill you’ve always wanted to know.

5. Maintain excellent customer service

If you own a business, you should always have excellent customer service, but now more than ever it is vital. People are stressed and anxious, which can cause people to act in ways they normally wouldn’t. Be understanding that they’re going through a tough time and do everything you can to be of service to them. They’ll appreciate it and remember how you were helpful during a difficult time. On the other hand, they’ll also remember if you treated them poorly during a difficult time.

If you don’t own a business, understanding that everyone reacts differently in difficult times and showing empathy can go a long way. Be helpful when you can and treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

Silva Construction Reminds the Public That Construction Companies Are Considered Essential Businesses in CA and They Are Open

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (https://www.silvaconstruction.com), a commercial and residential construction company in Southern California’s South Bay, is reminding the public that California Governor Newsom has listed construction companies as an essential business. And Silva Construction has been open for business throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 22, 2020, Governor Newsom issued California Executive Order N-33-20, which lists what the State of California considers an “essential business.” Under “Essential Workforce,” the governor’s order lists: “Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction).”

Co-owner Dave Silva stated “Our company is open for business and ready for any construction or remodeling that the public needs. We know that everyone in California is anxious to get back to work and get things back to normal. And for anyone who needs residential or commercial remodeling and construction at this time, we are more than ready to provide those services.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

Big Trees Inc. Moved Large Blueberry Bushes for a Family

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area was hired to move large blueberry bushes for a family whose mother had recently passed away.

The family grew up with 15 blueberry bushes of various varieties at their home where picking and distributing berries for friends, family and neighbors became a long-standing tradition.

The mother passed away in January and the family had to put the home up for sale, but before doing so, they wanted to dig up all the blueberry bushes and distribute them to four of the five siblings. They realized the size of the bushes were too large for them to dig and move on their own, so they contacted Big Trees. “We have a good reputation in the Puget Sound Area, for successfully transplanting large trees and shrubs for people,” says Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees. “We were pleased the family trusted us in our expertise to get the job done successfully.”

Big Trees brought two large trucks, a loader and two crews and were able to get all the bushes dug and loaded in one day. The family had labeled the plants individually with their names. On the second day, Big Trees crews went out to the four siblings’ separate houses and planted the trees in their new homes. Everything went smoothly and according to plan. Big Trees received the following testimonial for the work they did:

“On behalf of my entire family, thank you so much for transplanting our mother’s blueberry bushes to each of our homes. This was an emotional process for us all as they were such a part of our childhood growing up.  We are so appreciative that your crew took impeccable care removing them from her property and planting them at each of our homes. We are looking forward to honoring my mom’s legacy and picking her berries with our own children. Your crew was such a great group of guys – they were friendly, fast, very respectful and did a beautiful job at each of our homes.”

“These kind of messages from customers is one of my favorite parts of this job,” says Nancy. “I love being a part of these cool, personal meaningful moves.”

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.

A Spring Trees and Shrubs Checklist

By Nancy Penrose

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to check your trees and shrubs to evaluate and maintain their health! Below, we put together an easy checklist for you to follow to maintain your trees this spring.

1. Prune dead branches

The best way to have healthy trees is to properly prune them. Pruning your trees protects your home and family from unsafe branches that may fall and cause damage.

2. Inspect all your trees and shrubs

As it gets warmer and snow melts while rainfall occurs, standing water or flood damage may occur. This is the time to pay close attention to the health of your trees. If you see anything that may be wrong, contact a professionally trained arborist right away to treat the tree or shrub.

3. Plant new trees

A great way to add value to your home is to plant new trees. Maybe you’ve noticed that your home gets way too warm in the summer. Well, now is a great time to plant a few trees to add some shade!

4. Add mulch to your landscape

Mulch is important because it secures the trees, conserves soil moisture, and controls weeds. Mulching is a fairly easy process and can do wonders for the health of your trees.

At Big Trees, we are experts in tree care and we know exactly what to look for when inspecting your trees and shrubs. If you want a professional to help you inspect the health of your trees this Spring, let us come out and help, call us at (360) 563-2700 today.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at https://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vVhNW1XJI and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees- Inc/193731105108.

Nutrition Coaching Could Change the Healthcare Paradigm

CLEARWATER, FL: The healthcare system in the US is under tremendous strain as the country scrambles to cope with the Coronavirus. As nutrition plays a major role in the strength of one’s immune health, Ulan Nutritional Systems, in collaboration with Jackie Furlong, has released the Complete Nutritional Coaching Course that any practitioner can study and implement in their practice.

A research paper conducted by the University of Florida and Texas A&M stated that although physicians receive insufficient nutrition training, they’re expected to deliver nutrition counseling to patients with chronic disease. They concluded that millions of deaths annually could be mitigated with effective nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

The Complete Nutritional Coaching Course is a turn-key system that can been learned and implemented by any health practitioner or a member of their staff. Jackie Furlong, an organic chemist and holistic health coach, has been delivering Nutrition Coaching in her practice for more than six years.

“I’m very passionate about helping people and I found that we needed to add a nutrition coaching session to the consultations,” said Furlong. “That way we could help them change the habits that led to their health issues.”

This 12-module course covers how to educate clients on the fundamentals of nutrition, everyday application, and how to track their progress and keep them accountable so they can achieve their health goals.

Each module comes with video instruction and a complete system of handouts – it’s a turn-key program that can be implemented immediately.  And it can be done via online platforms such as Skype or Zoom, so it’s the perfect service to help people right now.

“We saw the need for this service and collaborated with Jackie on this course to make it available to practitioners,” said Lisa Dunn, CEO of Ulan Nutritional Systems. “It’s a self-paced, online course so there is no need to leave your practice or travel.”

Learning the basics of good nutrition and strengthening one’s immune system is something positive that can be done about the current situation.  This course makes it possible for any practitioner to implement this service in their practice immediately. For more information about the course call 866-418-4801 or visit https://unsinc.info/coaching/

FineCraft Contractors is Successful Amidst Coronavirus

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/) is working hard and continuing to achieve success amidst the Coronavirus.

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, where many businesses are seeing a dip in production, FineCraft is working hard with new projects that just started and completing projects on time. From screen porches to one and two-story additions, FineCraft is going strong.

Two projects in particular FineCraft just completed are a modern-industrial screen porch and a cantilevered master bedroom suite addition. Both of which add value and comfort to the homeowners.

Joseph R., a landscape architect who worked with FineCraft stated, “This was my first experience working with George of FineCraft. He is a professional who listens, asks intelligent questions, and proposes great solutions based on his years of experience in the industry. The quality of FineCraft’s work is high, and the staff is friendly and responsive. I strongly recommend George and the FineCraft team.”

Vera H., a past client of FineCraft said, “FineCraft did an extension on my historic house and it really is beautiful! George kept me in the loop about how it was all going. The team were efficient and respectful of my property and the problem-solving on the best way to get it all done was excellent. I would highly recommend this company.”

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.