TREES

People often ask us, “when is the best time to plant a tree?”  Our answer is “twenty years ago, the next best time is today!”

At Fossil Creek Tree Farm and Nursery we understand how overwhelming it can be to go “tree shopping”.  It’s not something you can google a serial number and do the research without putting your eyes on the actual living product!

We are here to help!

There are many types of trees that fit a variety of projects our customers are trying to accomplish.  Large Live Oak shade trees to give pets a break from the Texas sun, Magnolia trees to provide an anchor to your front yard landscape, Windmill Palm trees to create a backyard oasis, or that special Texas Traveler Redbud that is sure to make your neighbors jealous during the Spring blooming season!

At Fossil Creek Tree Farm and Nursery, we are here to help you select the perfect trees to make your landscaping dreams come true, while adding value to your property.

We welcome you to meet with one of team members to stroll our 8 acre property.  We are known for our massive selection of large native shade trees, but we also carry a wide variety of ornamental and fruit trees.  We stock over 3,000 trees ranging from 30 to 300 gallon, from 5 foot to “ready to climb!”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the best time to plant a tree?

We jokingly say the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago so you could be enjoying a large tree now. The next best time to plant is today. In the past trees were grown in the ground, dug up and transplanted in their new location. This was extremely hard on the tree and in conjunction, there was a high mortality rate of newly planted trees. This could also only be done in the winter when the trees were dormant. Progress now allows us to grow trees in containers, keeping the full root system intact. This allows us to plant the tree any time of year with little to no transplant shock. The key is proper planting followed by proper watering of the new tree to ensure a smooth transition.

What trees grow best here?

The trees and shrubs we carry at Fossil Creek are ones that are either native to this area or well adapted to the environment. We do not want your plants to struggle, so we make sure to have available the best plants for this area. We will carry a few more challenging plants, but they will be the exception, and will always be brought to the attention of the customer before purchase.

What size trees to you have?

We carry shade trees from 30 gallon to 300 gallon!  We highly recommend you visually inspect trees rather than depending on just price by container size. Our industry specifications allow for a great deal of leeway in sizing plants. For instance, a 30-gallon tree can be anything from 1 ¼” to 3” in diameter. We try to always be at the upper end of the specification. There is also a great deal of variation in quality in trees. So we invite customers to visit the farm and meet with one of our team members to make the best selection!

Do you plant trees?

We are happy to deliver and plant trees purchased!

Is there a warranty on your trees and shrubs?

Yes, Trees and shrubs over 3 gallons in size carry a one year warranty for 50% of the purchase value. 50% of the responsibility we put on the customer to ensure they water and care for the tree properly. Warranty does not cover neglect (over and under watering), acts of God (wind, hail etc.), insect damage or damage caused by others. For full warranty details, click here.

How much should I water my new tree?

Click here for our watering guideline for new trees, and here for our watering guidelines for shrubs. Please keep in mind this is a general guideline!  With the variation in soil types, slope, sun exposure etc. it is imperative that adjustments to watering be made as needed based on your specific conditions.  We are always here to help answer questions!

I have an irrigation system; that should take care of watering my tree, correct?

No. Keep in mind that irrigation systems are designed to water only the top 3-4” of soil where sod and smaller plant root system reside. Trees have a much deeper root system and need to be “deep watered” to ensure the full root system has water available. We recommend either adding a bubbler to your irrigation system specifically for your new tree, or using a “tree bag” to ensure the tree receives the deep water it needs.

Do you remove trees?

We do up to certain sizes.  Please call for more information about removing your tree.

Do you provide wholesale to the industry?

We currently serve the retail community exclusively!  If you are looking for wholesale in our area, contact us for recommendations.