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    Make trees an essential element of your estate

    Whether you have a generational property or you’re maintaining a historic home for tours and events, the whole property makes a statement. Don’t just focus your efforts on the house and surrounding structures themselves: everything from the trees along the driveway to the trees in the backyard can be part of the experience. Here’s how to bring them to the forefront with estate management.

  • landscapers remove branches from tree debris

    How to replenish your yard after tree removal

    Sometimes trees have to be removed despite everyone’s best efforts to save them. This can happen after a property fire, heavy storm damage that devastates a small grove of trees, or even a quick-spreading disease. Once you have your tree management company cut down the trees and grind the stumps, it’s time to rebuild. Make sure you don’t rush by following these four steps:

    1. Get the soil inspected and replenished

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    Tree Stump by Aah-Yeah licensed under Creative commons 4

    A fire can burn up a lot of the nutrients and plant matter that go into the soil. It also leaves behind a hardened layer of ash. Before you plant new trees on the site, have an arborist inspect the area and recommend the right treatments to get the soil hydrated and healthy.

    The soil near a disease outbreak or fungus needs even more preparation. It’s important to completely remove or counter soil that carries stubborn traces of any parasites or problems. Follow your arborist’s recommended guidelines for wait times before planting.

    2. Don’t use fast-growing trees

    It could take decades for the replacement trees to look like the ones you lost, and that’s okay. Slow-growing trees are hardier and have better defenses against temperature changes, invasive species, and physical damage. Fast-growing trees that are bred just for quick expansion have weak wood. That means they can’t handle snow or windy weather. Their thin bark also can’t ward off disease or sunscald.

    3. Use local varieties

    If your lost trees provided important shade or were a vital part of the overall landscaping, then you might not be able to wait for younger trees to grow into their place. If you need to plant mature trees, look for local varieties. They can better handle the stress of a new placement than exotic varieties, and local varieties are sturdier.

    4. Get rid of invasive pests

    Those animals might not just be digging around your trees for shelter. They could also be looking for food. Burrowing insects might have made mulch or sunscalded bark their home. Have an arborist take a look if your tree has sustained visible damage or if the rodents keep coming back. While catching pests at the beginning of spring is the best way to minimize long-term damage, it’s never too late to limit the damage as much as possible.

    Contact Tree Medics at 813-407-9974, for all of your Tree Service needs.

  • 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.

  • 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.