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Here’s What Regular Plant Trimming Can Do for Your Trees

Here’s What Regular Plant Trimming Can Do for Your Trees

If you are a homeowner or business owner in Florida, you likely have an abundance of trees on your property. To ensure that your trees are always looking their best, you should have them trimmed regularly. Keeping your trees nice and manicured will ensure that large, overgrown branches aren't blocking sunlight from the plants below; it also increases your property's curb appeal and displays a tidy appearance. Not only that, but regular trimming will allow you to detect an insect infestation or disease much quicker. Early spotting of an issue gives you the opportunity to prune it before it has a chance to spread. Continue reading to learn more about why you should trim the trees on your property regularly.

Regular Plant Trimming Will Increase Your Property's Curb Appeal

Professional trimming plant in landscape bed in Fort Myers, FL.

Trees are naturally beautiful, and their strong structures and earthy colors have the potential to enhance your property's curb appeal. Regular tree trimming will create a tidy, well-maintained appearance and assist in creating their shape and fullness; a beautiful, full shape can flatter your property and increase its curb appeal while positioning them for optimum nutrient absorption. A healthy tree and a beautiful one go hand-in-hand!

Trees that are common in the Lee County, FL area include palm trees, fruit trees, and red maple trees.

Keep your trees trimmed to ensure that their branches aren't blocking sunlight from the plants below.


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Have You Hurricane-Proofed Your Trees Yet?

Have You Hurricane-Proofed Your Trees Yet?

If you've lived in the Cape Coral, FL area for a while, then you're no stranger to hurricanes. Hurricanes are capable of massive amounts of damage, and it's very easy for your trees to get caught up in a storm, which is why you should take the appropriate steps to hurricane-proof your trees. One way to hurricane-proof your trees is to wrap them in a protective covering to keep them from getting injured by flying projectiles. You also want to brace your trees to keep parts of them from flying off in the storm with cables, braces, and stakes. Keep reading to learn how you can prepare your trees to stay safe against storms this hurricane season!

Why is hurricane-proofing beneficial in the Cape Coral, FL area?

Hurricane debris all over road in Fort Myers, FL.

When you live in an area prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, it's important to always ensure you're prepared. That's why you should aim to hurricane-proof your trees, especially if you live in the Cape Coral, FL area. Hurricane-proofing will minimize any potential damage that can be caused to your trees or your property. Projectiles will be flying in every direction during the storm, so by hurricane-proofing your trees, you can protect your trees while simultaneously protecting your home or business from anything that may fly off your tree.

Hurricane-proof your trees by covering them with protective wrapping.

One of the ways you can hurricane-proof your trees for the upcoming hurricane...

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Avoid Heavy Sap Drip by Waiting to Trim These Trees in South Florida

Avoid Heavy Sap Drip by Waiting to Trim These Trees in South Florida

If you've ever gotten tree sap on your hands, you know how sticky, messy, and annoying it can be. There are many types of trees here in South Florida that produce excess sap at certain times of the year. If you have any magnolia, willow, maple, mesquite, silk-oak, or avocado trees on your property, you can avoid dealing with heavy sap drip by waiting to trim them until after spring. While sap drip is messy and unsightly, it is important to remember that it isn't harmful to your trees. If you do encounter sap drip, it's best to leave it alone rather than trying to stop it or clean it up.

Wait until after spring to trim these trees if you want to avoid dealing with sap drip.

A healthy green maple tree on our client's property in North Fort Myers, FL.

There are a variety of trees commonly found in the South Florida area that are known for their heavy sap drip. If you wait to trim these trees until after spring, you can avoid dealing with sap drip. These trees include:

  • Magnolias: Magnolia trees excrete a thick, sugary sap called honeydew. To avoid messy sap drip, you should trim your magnolia trees any time between mid-summer and early fall.
  • Willows: Willow trees produce a watery sap that is abundant in salicylic acid. Avoid heavy sap drip by trimming your willow trees in the winter while they are dormant.
  • Maples: Maple tree sap is well-known as the main ingredient in maple syrup and other sweeteners. Trim your maple trees in the mid-summer so you don't have to worry as much about sticky sap drip.
  • Mesquites:...
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Is Rainy Season a Bad Time For Trees in Florida?

Is Rainy Season a Bad Time For Trees in Florida?

Trees need hydration any way they can get it to ensure healthy growth. The rainy season in Florida can provide your trees with enough water to keep them hydrated, but an overabundance of rain can also cause several problems for your trees. Too much rain can oversaturate the soil and weaken root systems, in addition to causing fungal diseases that thrive in wet conditions. These can affect the health and appearance of your trees. Moreover, the rainy season brings strong winds that can blow down branches and trees.

You can mitigate the risks that excessive rain poses to your trees by closely monitoring and surveying them for signs of damage, such as lesions, cracks, and exposed roots. Having a company that provides tree care services will also help you ensure your trees are healthy. Continue reading to learn more about how the rainy season can impact your trees in Florida.

Too Much Rainwater Can Suffocate Your Trees

Continuous and heavy rain can oversaturate the soil with rainwater, which can be detrimental to trees. Too much rainwater can compact the soil and suffocate the tree's roots, as the water prevents the roots from absorbing enough oxygen. Because its pores are filled with water, the tree can run out of oxygen within a few hours. It can now take only several days before parts of the root begin to rot.

Fortunately, Florida enjoys sandy soil that provides good drainage. But we still recommend that you avoid stepping on your lawn after ...

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4 Fastest Growing Palm Trees in South Florida

4 Fastest Growing Palm Trees in South Florida

Palm trees are one of Florida's most stately features and the pride of many of our highways and neighborhoods. Many of our residents eagerly choose palm trees for their property due to how easy it can be to care for these beautiful trees. Some of the fastest-growing palm trees in the South Florida area include Carpentaria, King, Queen, and Royal palm trees. Continue reading to learn all about these trees and see which of them may be the best addition to your landscape.

1. Carpentaria Palm Tree

Group of carpentaria palm trees by a river in Cape Coral, FL.

The Carpentaria palm tree is a popular choice for landscapes in Florida. This palm is often planted alongside another of its kind. Carpentarias look great in front of buildings or as the focal point of your property's entrance. Here are some additional facts:

  • Scientific name: Carpentarias are scientifically known as Carpentaria acuminata.
  • Yearly growth: They grow at around 6 feet per year.
  • Mature height: They can grow to a mature height of 20-40 feet.
  • Appearance: Carpentaria palm trees are tall and slender in stature. Their fronds grow dark green and wide along the crownshaft of the tree.
  • Flowering: They bud tiny white flowers from spring to fall.
  • Ideal environment and care: These palms grow in moist, well-drained soil. They also require moderate watering and can do well in indirect sunlight.

2. King Palm Tree

Tops of king palm trees in North Fort Myers, FL.

King palm trees are hardy trees that thrive outdoors. However, while they are young, they can make great houseplants. Here ...

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Tree Anatomy - Know the General Terms

Tree Anatomy - Know the General Terms

Trees are one of the most vital living things on the planet. They provide oxygen, filter the air, provide habitat for wildlife, improve soil composition, and protect us from harsh winds, among many other functions. Trees are made up of various parts, from the roots to the crown, that allow them to provide these endless functions. Familiarizing ourselves with the anatomy of a tree will help us gain a better understanding of how they operate and how we can better take care of them. Below, we have listed the most vital anatomy terms that are commonly used in the tree care industry.

Roots Are the Foundation of Trees

Roots perform vital functions to keep the tree thriving. The roots are found below the ground where they absorb nutrients and water from the soil. The tree then uses these essential nutrients to promote its growth and store food to produce foliage. Aside from the uptake of nutrients and minerals, roots also provide structural support for the tree.

A tree's root system can grow as deep as seven feet. One common misconception about tree roots is that they grow deep in the ground. Roots actually extend mostly outward so they can have a good grip on the soil. The strength and growth of a root system will always depend on if it has adequate space and optimal soil conditions.

Tree Trunks Are Vital For Nutrient Delivery

Tree trunks start at the root collar (the area where roots converge with the trunk) and hold vital functions to ensure robust tree...

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