Tampa has long had regulations protecting its most prized trees, the Grand Oaks *. (Beginning under Mayor Dick Greco, 1973) Supporters of these regulations cite the fact that they add value to the land, provide shade, mitigate wind and remove greenhouse gases.
Developers complain that the regulations have become too complex, too restrictive and take too much time ensuring compliance.
Some builders are pushing to have certain trees, including the Laurel Oak, removed from the protected list. The Laurel Oak has a shorter lifespan, maturing at around 40 or 50 years, and may pose liability risk to landowners.
Tampa's mayor, Bob Buckhorn, has a committee looking into ways to simplify and streamline certain regulations, including those that pertain to Tampa's Grand Oaks.
Tampa residents, business owners and anyone providing tree removal, trimming and pruning in the City of Tampa will need to watch closely as these regulations are reviewed and tweaked.
I am confident that my clients at Mid Florida Tree Service are keeping themselves informed of this developing story.
* The regulation actually protects a wide range of tree species. "Grand Oak" is a designation given to larger, older trees, usually LIve Oaks, quercus virginiana
Thonotosassa Florida is home to one of my clients, Mid Florida Tree Service. Because it's so close to Tampa, Most of my articles about Mid Florida Tree service is focused on the larger city.
If you have a home or business in Thonotosassa, it's good to have someone close by that has been in the business as long as the Jones family at Mid Florida Tree Service.
Hillsborough Tree Trimming
Keeping your trees trimmed can prevent limbs from breaking, and help your trees live a long and healthy life. Similarly, pruning can help to cut back a tree that's growing more than desired, or can encourage healthy growth.
If you've had a tree cut down, but there's a stump left in your yard, the best way to deal with it is to have it ground down, below grade, so that it can be safely covered in soil and grass. Mid Florida Tree Service has the right tools and the expertise to remove these unsightly hazards from your lawn.
Thonotosassa Tree Care
No matter the tree care issue you face in Thonotosassa Florida
Tampa Stump Grinding
Once you have a tree removed, there's always a stump left over. Maybe you purchased a home or some land and the stump was already there.
No matter how or why you ended up with a stump in your yard, you know you need to get rid of it. Stumps are ugly, dangerous and can be host to insects, fungus and microbes that you don't want around your other trees, grass, family or house.
You might think about digging it out, but if you do it once, you probably won't ever do it again. That's a LOT of work!
You could burn it out, but that's dangerous and might not be allowed by your city, county or state, and it poses its own share of problems like controlling the burn, (too much fire) and getting oxygen to the deeper parts of the stump (not enough fire). You don't want to burn up your yard, woods or house, and you don't want an incomplete burn where you have to muscle it out with a shovel anyway.
You could use saltpeter, but that takes months, and you still have to dig out the decayed remains and backfill the hole that's left behind.
Your best bet is to contact Mid Florida Tree Service and let them handle your stump removal for you with one of their stump grinders, sized just right for the size of your tree and the location of the stump.
This is one of those jobs that you'll be glad you chose to hire a professional, with the right equipment, instead of trying to do this back-breaking work by hand.
Disaster RecoveryTrees are a great asset to your property. You'll want to do everything you can to protect your trees from the elements by keeping them pruned, fertilized and watered. Occasionally, whether it's lightning, a hurricane, or just a thunderstorm, a tree will come down. One might wonder if the tree can be saved. Unfortunately, the answer is almost always NO. Trees are just too big. Their roots suffer horrible damage when they are blown over. The crown suffers with it hits the ground. Only very small trees stand a chance of being restored, and even these might fail to thrive.
Tree RemovalIf a tree has fallen on your property, you'll want a certified arborist to give you the best possible advice and service to get your property back to its best.
Florida has it's share of violent weather. With Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, the occasional tornado and thunderstorms like clockwork with high winds, soaking rain and damaging lightning. Mid Florida is often cited as the lightning capital of the world. True or not, it's believable when you're in the middle of one of our thunderous downpours!
Emergency Tree Removal
When a tree falls on your property, the most important thing is to ensure the safety of anyone nearby. Don't take any chances. Let a certified arborist, one with years of experience, evaluate the situation and come up with a safe plan to remove a fallen tree while preventing additional damage to your property and ensuring that no one gets hurt!
When someone outside of Florida thinks of trees in Florida, you can bet they are likely to think of either palm trees or orange trees. The locals understand that palms and citrus are a small part of the unique ecosystem here.
Long needle pines are common. They grow incredibly tall and have a lifespan in the centuries.
Besides the palm family and citrus family, I think that the one tree that really shouts "Florida" to me is the live oak. These things are massive! The give great shade. I've even read that they can protect a home from wind damage.
Large trees, like long needle pines and live oaks, are a bit of a two edged sword though as when they fall, or drop a limb, it can be disastrous. Prevention is obviously better than recovery, but if you're in Brandon, Florida and you need your trees trimmed to keep them healthy, or if one has fallen or dropped a dangerous limb on your property, trust Mid Florida Tree Service to take proper care of your trees and minimize any damage done to your home, cars or guests!
Mid Florida Tree Service's main goal is to keep your trees strong, healthy and attractive, or to clean up after a storm knocks one down.
There are times, though, that you want or need to have a tree removed. In Florida, many cities and counties have regulations that protect some trees, usually larger, older trees, from being removed. If one of these protected trees is dying, or putting people in danger, it's possible that a Certified Arborist Affidavit can help get a permit to remove it.
Most of the time when I write about my tree expert customer, I imagine them working on Florida Live Oak trees. They certainly work on many others, but these huge natives always catch my imagination.
Now, imagine that, like me, you have more than one of these behemoths on your property. You wouldn't want even a single limb, much less the whole tree, falling on (or through) your roof. Make sure you hire a professional who knows how to rope and cut your tree to protect people and property. Mid Florida Tree Service has the equipment and know-how to safely climb your tree, or use a lift truck, to reach the limbs to cut and bring down your tree with no damage to your home or any surrounding property.
So, why is TecBrat writing about trees? Because one of my clients is an arborist and writing about them is beneficial to them and gives me content for my blog.
That client, Mid Florida Tree Service, has a larger list of Tree Service FAQ if you'd like to read more about this topic.
The first question is about pruning. Why bother?
First off, let's be sure to specify that when we say "Pruning", we are NOT talking about the destructive practice of topping, tipping, heading or de-horning your tree. (These are all terms used for removing large sections from the crown of a tree.) Proper pruning can help balance a tree and prevent disease by removing dead or dying branches. Dead wood is an invitation to pests that might spread to the healthy parts of a tree.
What about Spanish moss? Don't you hate how it cloggs up your tree?
Actually, it's not really moss. It's an air plant and does not harm your tree. It anchors in the bark, but does not steal nutrients. It's not really Spanish either. It's native to Florida (where TecBrat and his clients are), and therefore a natural part of the ecosphere. The trees and the "moss" were meant to live together. On a healthy tree, the moss coverage will balance itself. Attempts to remove the moss are likely to actually damage the tree, so should be avoided or minimized.
Is mistletoe okay then?
Absolutely not! Mistletoe is a parasite and will kill your tree if it isn't removed. If you find mistletoe on one of your trees, contact a qualified arborist to ensure it is erradicated.
Should I cover cuts and fill voids in my trees?
No and No. The old advice was to cover any cuts with a heavy coating of wound dressing, but research proved this to be unnecessary or even harmful. Tress are a living organism and shed branches naturally. They'll heal themselve if left alone. Voids (holes) present another problem. Moisture can get trapped inside a filled void and allow fungus and other organisms to thrive, putting the tree in danger. You're better off allowing the void to remain so that moisture does not accumulate around the filling.
For more Q&A on trees, let me direct you again to my client, Mid Florida Tree Service
Arborists in Florida use fertilization in order to maintain strong and healthy trees. Trees are dependent on the soil for various needs, including anchorage, water and proper nutrients. Fertilization can help to replace some of the nutrients that might be lacking in the soil.
Areas like Tampa, Brandon and Hillsborough might have different soil conditions and would need different kinds of fertilizers. So why is it important to fertilize?
Over the years, nature has devised a system where soils are resupplied with the nutrients that are required. This cycle of fertilization is often interrupted, especially in urban areas as a result of leaf removal, selection of plants or an insufficient number of diverse insects. When this cycle is broken, fertilization becomes necessary for tree health.
Wherever you live, be it Brandon, Hillsborough or Tampa you can see evidence that a tree is lacking the nutrients required for good health. For example, trees that have leaves which are a darker yellow than normal are probably suffering from a number of different deficiencies. A qualified arborist, such as Mid Florida Tree Service, in your area will know how to pinpoint trees with a problem and can recommend solutions based on the local tree and soil conditions.
Before fertilizing there are a few things you should keep in mind. Start out by getting a soil analysis done. The majority of states provide this service to their residents. Local arborists can also provide soil analysis services.
The soil analysis will give you some very important information like the pH of the soil, macronutrient content along with recommendations on how to address the soil nutrient problem. The nutrients that most trees need fall into two broad categories - micro and macro nutrients. Depending on the tree species, it will require different amounts from these two categories.
Macronutrients are composed of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK). If any one of these elements is missing or lacking, it will adversely impact the health and strength of the tree. Once you know the current levels of the macronutrients, you can avoid over-fertilization, which can negatively impact the trees as well as the environment.
The problem might not always be with the soil’s nutrient content but it might lie with the pH of the soil. Various micronutrient and macronutrient treatments are available at the higher and lower pH levels, but it could take a few seasons to change the soil’s pH balance.
If you live in Tampa, Brandon or Hillsborough and you think you might have a tree problem contact your local arborist for help.
The weather in Florida can turn from sunny and beautiful to turbulent and frightening in a matter of moments. Often, that frightening weather will bring down trees, causing hazards and inconvenience for all who are nearby.
You can minimize your chance of having one of your trees fall or break by having them routinely pruned by a professional arborist who is experienced in the types of trees around your home. Mid Florid Tree Service is one such company.
If you do have a tree, or part of a tree, down on your property, get professional help removing it to prevent additional risk and damage to your home and belongings. People often overlook just how massive a full grown oak tree really is. You don't want any part of that tree falling on you, your family, your car or anything else. Don't be tempted to handle this on your own. This is definitely one job you want to leave to the professionals!