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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.

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    Palm Tree Care in Fall

    Fall comes with an onslaught of seasonal expectations such pumpkin spiced lattes, warm sweaters, and the coloring of the leaves as the trees go dormant in preparation of winter. However, for those of us that reside in warmer tropical climates, such as here in Hillsborough County and the Greater Tampa Bay area, the seasonal shift into fall is not that dramatic. As a result, our climate is perfect for the long-term growth of palm trees, as they can be seen meticulously scattered throughout our urban landscapes. The palm tree is unlike any other tree, in the fact that its leaves do not change into beautiful hues of red, orange, and yellow, colors commonly associated with autumn. However, despite the warmer climate trees, including the palm trees, do in fact go dormant during the winter months. Therefore, October is the month to get all of your fall, or 4th quarter, palm tree care completed.

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    Identifying Palm Trees in Florida

    Here in Florida we enjoy a nice warm tropical climate with ample amounts of rain and humidity. As a result, our climate is perfectly suited for tropical trees, with the palm tree being one of the most sought after. With only a dozen palms being native to Florida, many of our palm trees are imported from other parts of the world. Chances are if you are living in the Tampa Bay area you have a palm or two in your yard. Palms are such a diverse family of plants it can be very difficult to identify each one. So, we have decided to put together a short guide to help you identify some of the most common palm trees that can be spotted throughout the Greater Tampa Bay area.

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    Common Palm Tree Diseases & Insect Pests

    One of the benefits of living in Florida is the beautiful palm trees that bring an added tropical flare and sense of relaxation to our landscapes. Palm trees have special tree care needs, such as routine fertilization to help ensure they stay healthy and strong. Routine tree care is a preventative measure to help trees fight off the many tree diseases and insect pest infestations they are susceptible to. Therefore, it is highly recommended to have a tree service plan with a local arborist, failure to take preventative measures could result in the loss of your palm trees. Many palm tree diseases are not correctable but, are preventable.

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    Date Palm or Phoenix Palm Trees

    Date Palms, also known as the Phoenix Palms, are a group of very popular palm trees that can be spotted throughout Florida and the Greater Tampa Bay area. Although there are many different species of Date Palms in the Phoenix Palms group there is only one true Date Palm Tree and that is the Phoenix Dactylifera.

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    Get a Tree Inspection Before Buying a New Home

    Buying a new home is a huge investment. Therefore, to get the best possible value for your money you take certain steps, such has having a home inspection, to help you avoid thousands of dollars’ worth of unexpected expenses. However, your home inspection only helps to protect you against any major unseen issues with the actual structure; but, you are not just buying a house, are you? You are buying a piece of property, that may very well include a tree or multiple trees.