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    The Devastation of Citrus Greening in Florida

    For the past 13 years Florida’s citrus farmers’ crops have been plagued by Huanglongbing (HLB), or Citrus Greening, a bacterial disease spread by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, an insect pest. This small insect, no bigger than a grain of rice, has had devastating affects on Florida’s citrus agriculture. Resulting in a dramatic decline in citrus production, that has had a harrowing effect on growers, employees, commercial outlets, and consumers.

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    Beneficial Insects in Florida Landscapes

    Insects are a normal part of landscapes around the world, with an estimated 164,000 insect species, including the approximate number of species not yet name by scientists, found in the United States alone. Insects often get a bad rap and it is not uncommon for individuals to automatically consider any insects found within their landscapes to be an undesirable annoyance, or pest. However, the truth of the matter is not all insects found within our landscapes are pests. Insect pests are classified as insects, or bugs that are a nuisance, spreading diseases and causing the destruction of plant life and property. Whereas, insects that are not deemed pests, are considered to be beneficial insects. According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension, of the millions of estimated insect species around the globe, “less than 1% of these actually feed on plants in a harmful way”. Meaning there are more good bugs, or beneficial insects, than there are insect pests.

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    What are those cobwebs in my tree?

    Trees are a crucial part of every landscape, as they provide shade from the sun, food, and oxygen along with numerous other benefits. One of the primary reasons so many people love trees, is the added aesthetic quality they bring to the landscape. So, when one notices unsightly cobwebs covering the leaves of their favorite tree, it is not unreasonable to have some questions. Not to worry though, today we are going to discuss what critters cause those unsightly cobwebs and what you can do to rid your trees of them.

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    Quarterly Tree Care

    It is not an uncommon misconception for property owners to believe that having a lawncare company means, they do not need an arborist or tree care maintenance program. Unfortunately, that simply is not true. Your lawncare company is not trained to identify or treat insect pests and diseases in your trees.

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    How often should I water my trees?

    A common question for most property owners is: How often should I water my trees? This is a great question, especially if you have recently invested in planting a new tree. As with any landscape care there is no one size fits all, when it comes to watering your tree(s). How often you water your tree will be highly dependent up on the area you live in, as well as, whether or not the tree is newly planted or established, the current weather conditions, and the time of year. Caring for your trees and making sure they are sufficiently watered can save you money, help cool your home, provide shade when outside, increase your property value, and provide you and your family with added health benefits.

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    Poinsettia

    It’s the middle of the holiday season and store shelves are lined with special gifts and holiday decorations. Halloween is past, and the Thanksgiving feasts are yesterday’s news. Popping up in most every store is the Poinsettia, an iconic red plant that signifies the coming of Christmas.

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    Sick Tree or Dead Tree? When to Call an Arborist

    That tree in your yard has been looking a little sluggish and unsightly lately, raising a few questions. Is my tree sick or is the tree dead? How do I tell the difference? Should I call an Arborist? Unfortunately, these are questions many homeowners ask themselves at one point or another. So today, we are going to go over a few of the tell-tale signs that will help you to quickly identify whether your tree is sick or dead.

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    Revitalize & Save Your Sick Tree

    Having a routine tree care maintenance plan, helps to prevent the development of sick trees throughout your entire landscape. However, not all residential and commercial properties have a tree care plan in place. Trees that are not maintained quarterly to ensure proper fertilization, structural growth, and aeration of the soil are more susceptible to tree diseases and insect pest infestations.

    Trees serve as an integral part of our landscapes and ecosystem. Here at Tree Medics we understand the value of trees and focus our efforts on saving and reviving sick trees. Unfortunately, not every tree can be saved, some ailments and forms of damage are beyond revitalization. However, if given the choice to save a sick tree or have it cut down…why not save it? All tree diseases and insect pest infestations are preventable, and many of them are easily treatable, at a fraction of the cost of tree removal.

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    Why is My Palm Tree Turning Yellow?

    As Floridians we love our Palm Trees and when we picture our palm trees, we imagine them as tall magnificent trees with beautiful green fronds. So, the questions may be raised when you happen to look up at the tree in your yard and notice it is looking a little sad, yellow and unsightly. Why is my palm tree turning yellow? This is a very good question, and there are multiple reasons that your palm trees fronds could be turning yellow.
    Since, there are more than one reason for why your palm tree fronds could be turning yellow the first step to diagnosing your palm tree, is monitoring your palm tree. If you notice new healthy growth, and the yellowing is only present in the older palm leaves your tree may just be getting ready for a trim. If the yellowing is progressive or is affecting even the newer healthy fronds you may have a more serious ailment such as a nutritional deficiency, mineral deficiency, bacterial disease, or an insect pest infestation. Accurate diagnosis will require a tree health care inspection from an arborist and soil samples will need to be taken.

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    How IPM Benefits your Landscape

    Your landscape is an integral part of your surrounding community and ecosystem; and it is continually evolving as it is impacted by the varying elements throughout your landscape, and those surrounding it. There is a wide array of insect pests that can travel from one landscape to the next, infesting our trees and yard. These insect pest infestations lead to a breakdown of the vegetation within our landscapes and leave them susceptible to diseases and further health concerns.
    For most of us when we look at our landscape we see it in sections, a garden here and a tree or two there. So, while working in the yard we care for these sections individually, often without consideration for the impact they are having on one another. We often forget that insect pests can migrate through an entire yard; moving from the dying tree in your front yard to the fresh vegetable or flower garden out back and then onto the neighbor’s newly planted shrubs. This is were Integrated Pest Management (IPM), comes into the picture.