• How simple lawn care might be killing your tree, and how you can save it

    Man mowing grass along tree line

    Take a look at the trunks of the trees in your yard. Do you notice any wounds around or near the base of their trunks? Weed trimmers, lawn mowers, and construction equipment can often cause unintended tree damage. Believe it or not, these simple injuries can actually cause a lot of tree health issues, including an eventual death. Young trees are especially vulnerable when damaged in this manner.

  • Why caring for your trees benefits you

    Picture of trees lining a neighborhood street in fall. A man and boy are walking along the sidewalk.

    Often, little regard is given to trees in the technological, fast-paced world in which we live. Long term gain has been replaced with instant gratification, with next to no thought about the effect that this will have. Understanding the benefits of proper tree care will make it clear why you should invest time in your trees and will help you make smart decisions to get good care for them, too.

  • Planting under an Existing Tree

    flowerbed planted under a palm tree

    You are tired of that sparse bare spot under your tree and are ready to transform it into a lush green garden or aesthetically pleasing flowerbed. However, planting under mature trees can be a little tricky and you don’t want your new landscape addition to result in the loss of a century old tree. Planting beneath mature trees requires caution and careful planning to avoid damaging the tree roots. The goal should be to generate a healthy landscape where both the tree and the new plants can thrive simultaneously.

  • The Importance of Fertilizing Trees

    Close up of tree getting fertilized

    Water & nutrients are the most important requirements of trees living on residential and commercial properties. Irrigation, or watering, may be an easy way to provide the water they need, but supplying the nutrients they need can be a bit more difficult. Tree roots gather nutrients from the surrounding soil below ground. It is commonly thought that tree roots are extremely deep in the soil, however, the reality is that they are predominately living in the upper 8”-12” of the soil and extend laterally to the drip line (or edge of the canopy) &/or beyond.

  • The 1, 2, 3 of Palm Tree Care

    palm trees, residential landscape

    Palm trees can be a stunning addition to your outdoor landscape, if you reside in a tropical or warm climate. Palm trees are relatively low maintenance; however, they still require a certain amount of care to ensure their continued growth, vigor, and beauty. Failure to adequately meet the needs of your palm tree may result in a less than stunning appearance and the palm may become susceptible to a variety of palm tree diseases and/or malnutrition.

  • How to Properly Water Palm Trees

    sprinkler, watering lawn.

    Ensuring palm trees are getting the right amount of water can be easier said than done. Over watering and delivering water too fast are the two most common mistakes palm tree enthusiasts make when watering.

  • Biological Controls in Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

    Ladybug on a leaf.


    IPM Recap

    In our previous article, What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?, we discussed what Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is and the four controls used in IPM programs to treat and prevent pest issues within your landscape. These four controls are: biological, mechanical, cultural and chemical. Some of these controls are fairly self explanatory and easily understood. For example, pulling weeds by hand would be considered a cultural control. However, one control that is not as widely understood (and requires a special understanding or background before implementation) is biological control. So, today I would like to discuss in greater detail what a biological control is and how it may be used in your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.

  • What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

    Integrated Pest Management(IPM) for Landscapes

    What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

    Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a preventative and treatment process, that utilizes an environmentally friendly approach to resolve pest issues within the environment. IPM programs focus on the use of holistic treatment and preventative options, so as to minimize the impact, exposure, and risks to people and the surrounding environment.

  • Identifying A Sick Tree

    The Tampa Bay area is well know for it’s lush landscapes accentuated by beautiful and majestic flowing trees. In fact nearly every homeowner has at least one, if not more, trees in their yard and commercial properties, or local business, generally have multiple trees accenting their properties. Healthy trees are beautiful, and add a great deal of monetary and aesthetic value to a property.

  • Why Hire a Certified Arborist

    An individual that is trained to care for, maintain, and plant trees is an arborist. Arborists are well versed
    and knowledgeable in the science of tree care, and not only understand, but are specially trained to care for the individual needs of trees. This includes properly treating common tree issues such as tree disease and pest infestations.