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Certified Arborist Miami: Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

October 29, 2014



Why hire an arborist when you can hire someone else to trim your tree who might charge less? Well, first it’s important to understand what makes someone a certified arborist in Miami.


An arborist is someone trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. To become certified, these individuals must obtain several hours of experience and pass a comprehensive examination developed by the nation’s leading experts on tree care.


Why hire an arborist to care for your trees? Pruning and removing trees in Miami is dangerous work. If trimmed or removed incorrectly, trees can cause considerable damage to your property or your family. You want to make sure the person caring for your trees actually knows what they’re doing.


When considering a tree care professional, you want to look for the following:

  • Check for membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA). Such membership demonstrates a willingness on the part of the arborist to stay up to date on the latest techniques and information.
  • Ask for proof of insurance and license. If the company you hire does not have insurance, you can be sued for any accidents that may occur.
  • Make sure the consultant pulls any permits required by Miami-Dade County.


What if you don’t hire an certified arborist in Miami?

  • You can end up with a hatracked tree, which is basically when your trees limbs are cut off. It’s quite sad and very ugly.
  • You can get fined by the city for trimming wrong or removing a tree without pulling a permit or presenting an arborist letter.
  • Worst case scenario, if someone gets hurt on the job and they’re not insured the worker can go after you for damages.


Protect yourself and your beautiful trees by hiring a certified arborist in Miami. If you have any additional questions regarding what an arborist can do for you, please contact our on-staff arborist, Benny Essig, at 305-370-8176.


Stump Removal: 3 Ways to Reuse Your Tree Stumps this Halloween

October 22, 2014

We’re all about repurposing and reusing. We turn removed trees into mulch. We take our green trash and give it away as compost. And we regularly supply local artists with leftover stumps.

We’re constantly amazed at what other’s can do with the “trash” we accumulate. Everything can be reused and that’s how we like it!

This Halloween we’re using the tree stumps from all our tree removals in Miami for, you guessed it, Halloween decors. Before you think about discarding those old stumps from your recent tree stump removal, consider turning them into art.

So this week, we searched the internet thoroughly (ok, maybe we just did a little Pinterest research) to look for ways we can reuse our stumps from all the stump removal jobs we do in Miami. And here’s what we came up with.

Forgo buying a pumpkin only to see it rut and instead try painting your stump tp resemble the real thing. How adorable are these painted tree stumps created by the people behinds All you need are some stumps and some paint. Check out these for inspiration.

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This idea from Premeditated Leftovers is simple and brilliant. Get yourself a thin sliced stump and some paint. You hang this on your door instead of a wreath.

Photo via Premeditated Leftovers

Photo via Premeditated Leftovers

Better Homes and Gardens keeps it simple a sophisticated with this beautiful arrangement. Bringing nature into the home is already art, so don’t worry about under doing it.

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens


The Best Priced (and Loved) Clusias in Miami

October 8, 2014


wholesale clusia miami_collageAllow us to tell you a little bit about ourselves. B&G’s owner, Benny Essig, is our green guru. He can tell you what’s wrong with your tree just by looking at it. And his tree trimming skills will leave any tree looking like a piece of art. His passion and care is undeniable. You may even call him a tree hugger. Hey, sometimes, when you’re up 50 feet in a tree all you can do is hug and hope that it all works out.

So, sure, Benny loves trees. But can we let you in on a little secret? Benny has a very special place in his heart for plants. He absolutely adores planting them from just one little stem and watching them grow into the stellar beauties they always become. The plants in the B&G nursery are his babies.

In 2012, when Benny found out his wife was expecting a baby boy, he decided to start growing clusia plants. While his wife grew a baby seed in her womb, Benny grew his own babies in his clusia plant nursery in Miami. The couple affectionately calls the nursery, the Olive Branch nursery after their son Oliver.

Today, Benny’s son is 16 months old, while his green babies are now 48 inches tall! It’s been amazing watching these beautiful clusias grow alongside his son. Although Benny doesn’t like to admit it, it’s hard for him to let go of his blooming clusia plants, but luckily they always find a good home.

Today, we invite you to be the next to take piece of our family. Our clusia plants are not only the most beautiful you’ll find in Miami, but they’re also competitively priced. You’ll be stunned when you see how gorgeous these guys really are. And when you ask us what out secret is, we’ll make sure to tell you: love.

From our family to yours, we invite you to purchase a love-grown clusia plant at wholesale prices.

Tree Trimming in Miami: How to Trim a Mature Tree

September 24, 2014

How to Trim a Mature Tree Miami

It’s amazing how trees grow and thrive in nature. You don’t see anyone going deep into the forest to trim those large pines, do you? Well, landscape trees — the ones we have on our properties — are quite different. They’re domesticated like our pets and they need extra love and attention.


So how can you love your tree? Start by trimming it regularly (once a year in most cases). But before you start attempting to give your green family member a haircut, make sure you know how to do it. And if you feel overwhelmed, you can always call B&G Property Maintenance for your tree trimming needs in Miami.


Let’s get started, shall we?


  1. 1.    Why do We Perform Tree Trimming?

We trim trees the same reason we take care of our health by exercising, eating right, or visiting the dentist. It’s a means of prevention. We also do it for safety reasons and, of course, for aesthetic.


Proper trimming of a tree will maintain good health, plus make it a beautiful addition to any landscaping. When we shape the tree and remove broken branches, the tree looks neat and well taken care of.


  1. 2.    When do We Perform Tree Trimming?

It’s time to perform tree trimming in Miami at any time of the year. But tree trimming in Miami is most important just before storm seasons.  The removal of weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be the difference between a broken window and not-broken window. You know what we mean?


The only time you don’t want to perform tree trimming is when you notice that the tree has a form of disease that is passed on while pruning, like oak wilting. Consult an arborist if you have any doubts.


Another time to consider is right after spring which is when trees spend a lot of energy growing and expanding. Pruning just after this time can be stressful, so just be mindful.


  1. 3.    How Should We Trim?

There are four proper methods of tree trimming. Here’s what you want to ask for if you’re hiring someone to perform tree trimming in Miami for your trees.

  • Cleaning – this is the removal of dead, dying, or weak limbs from the crown of a tree.
  • Thinning – this process is what you’ll see most often. This is when you selectively prune the tree in increase light penetration, air movement through the crown, and improve structure.
  • Raising – this is when you remove the lower branches from a tree to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, or vista.
  • Reduction – is when you reduce the tree’s height or spread while maintaining its form and integrity.


Best of luck with your tree trimming project. As always, if there’s anything we can do to help you during the process, please call us at 305-370-8176.

Stump Removal Miami: How to Remove a Tree Stump in Miami

September 10, 2014

So you have an ugly stump in front of your house and you’re dying for it to leave your otherwise beautiful landscaping? Obviously, you’re going to attempt to remove it yourself, right? You’re going to grab that axe and go at it. Hold on, Mr. Lumberjack, let’s talk about the options you have for tree stump removals in Miami.

1. You Can Dig Out the Stump
This is the most common practice performed by DIY-ers. In this technique, you would start by digging around the roots, exposing them for easy access. You’re going to want to dig really deep to expose them as much as possible. Next, you’re going to cut up the roots. This is where you get to whip out that axe! Woohoo!

Chop, chop, chop those roots. Next, you’re going to dig the roots out of the ground in the small pieces you created. Once all the roots are out of the ground, the next digging you’ll do is digging the stump out of the ground. Grab some water, because this may take a bit of force.

After your stump is gone, you’ll notice a big ‘ole hole. Now that doesn’t make your landscaping look any better. So go ahead and fill it up with soil. Remember, as time passes and rain does its work, this hole will continue to sink. So you may need to refill the hole from time to time.

2. You Can Use a Chemical Remover
If you have a particularly big or stubborn stump, you may consider using a chemical remover to stump remove in Miami. These treatments are usually made of powder potassium nitrate, which works by softening and rotting the stump in order to make the removal process easier.

Speaking of potassium nitrate, this is very dangerous so you want to keep children and animals away. If this can rot your giant stump imagine what it can do when ingested. Yep, keep everyone away.

You’ll start by drilling holes into the top of the stump and then pouring the chemical into the holes. Each treatment is different, so make sure to read the manufacture’s instructions.

After a bit, the stump will soften and begin to rot, which is a good time to start chopping. Chop the stump into small pieces. The remainder pieces can be burned. But please be careful!

Dig out what’s left behind from the fire and discard of it. Fill up the remaining hole with a filler like sawdust.

3. Grind Your Stump
Obviously, this is our favorite choice. Why? Because it’s the safest and quickest option for you. With this technique, you’ll need to hire a professional with access to a commercial stump grinder. Did we mention B&G Property Maintenance owns a commercial grade stump grinder? Well, yes we do.

This nifty machine will come in a chop up your tree stump into tiny pieces creating mulch. Depending on the size of your stump, this process can be done in minutes. Which, we assume, is way less time than the time it would take you to dig and axe down the stump.

Not only is this an easy option that allows you safety and free time, but it’s also affordable. B&G Property Maintenance removes stumps for as low as $70. Plus, we’ll leave behind mulch that can be used to fill in the hole.

In this video, you can see how our stump grinding machine works and why it’s the best option for stump removal in Miami.

Tree Trimming Tips: 3 Ways to Protect Your Trees Against Storm Damage

September 3, 2014

Tree Trimming Miami for Storms

Miami has been lucky during hurricane season 2014. Thankfully, we’ve experienced no big threats. Since we never know when the next big one might come, it’s always a good idea to take the necessary precautions.

No, we’re not talking about stocking up on can goods. We’re talking about protecting your trees against storm damage, and protecting your property from damages that can be caused by your trees. Here are three steps you can take right now to protect your trees from storm damage.

1. Tree Trimming
Perhaps the most obvious action to take is to trim your trees. In Miami, tree trimming can minimize limb failure and minimize the chances of limbs falling on a target like cars and buildings.

You’ll want to trim your tree by reducing the foliage and weight ecspecially towards the end of the largest and longest branches. Also look out for any defected branches. Those are the ones you’ll want to go for first. Any ISA certified arborist in Miami-Dade can help you out with this. Keep in mind that B&G Property Maintenance has a ISA certified arborist on staff, and we’d be happy to assist you with tree trimming in Miami.

2. Raise the Tree’s Canopy
Young and medium-aged trees should have their canopies lifted to prevent low branches from growing to a larger diameter. This forces more growth in the upper branches, which are less likely to cause damage to nearby targets. You’ll want to subordinate the lower branches rather than removing them. Not only is this technique more attractive, but it’s also better for the tree. This technique also minimizes the size of trunk wound when the low branches are eventually removed plus it helps prevent decay in the trunk.

Watch out for a common malpractice! Make sure not to remove many or all interior low branches on large trees. This is considered over-thinning, and creates poor form and numerous wounds, leaving your tree more prone to failure, which is exactly what we don’t want! Really, when it comes to trimming mature trees in Miami, you only want to reduce it by 10 percent, anything else has to be done with good reason.

3. Clean Your Tree
Before you whip out the Clorox, know that what we’re talking about when we mention cleaning is removing dead branches that might be hanging out on inside your tree’s canopy.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for pests, such as white fly and snails, which can weaken your tree. There are quick and affordable treatments that protect your trees against these invaders.

Just remember, regular care and maintenance (trimming once a year and pest control every six months) will give your tree the best chances of surviving and storm. If you have any questions regarding tree trimming in Miami or protecting your trees against storms, please give us a call at 305-370-8176. We’d be happy to give you our professional advice.

Tree Stump Removals in Miami

February 20, 2014

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Not only is an old tree stump an eyesore, but it can also be a hazard. Just imagine your elderly family member tripping over the old tree stump. Or, if the tree was removed because of an infection or diseases, the old stump can still have infected roots that will spread to other nearby roots. And lastly, those roots can continue to grow underneath your property, driveway or sidewalk, causing serious damage.

There are also plenty of aesthetic reasons to remove a tree stump. Perhaps you want to plant a new tree where the old stump resides? Sometimes, mowing the lawn can get difficult when there’s a large stump with long roots sitting in the middle of your property.

Sounds like it’s time to remove that stump! Removing it on your own can be a bit dangerous and time consuming. It’s best to call in a professional tree service company that knows how to remove tree stumps.

B&G Property Maintenance specializes in tree removal and tree stump removal in Miami. We have professional equipment that can remove any size stump in very little time. You’ll actually be surprised at how affordable our tree stump removal service is! Prices start at $90 an hour (and not all stumps require an entire hour). Give us a call for a free estimate at 305-370-8176.

Land Clearing in Miami

February 4, 2014

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Congrats, you just bought a huge piece of land. The only problem? The grass is about seven feet tall.

Most people, when stuck in this kind of predicament, usually tend to think that the best thing to do would be to hire someone to mow the lawn. Unfortunately, when your property is overgrown it needs more than lawn mowing. It needs land clearing.

Land clearing is usually done with a heavy-duty bush hog, as seen in this “land clearing with a bush hog” video. Notice how the bush hog easily clears the land jus by driving through.

In Miami-Dade you can easily acquire large amounts of fines for having an overgrown lot. Miami lawn maintenance company B&G Property Maintenance offers affordable land clearing services within Miami-Dade and Broward. Our land clearing service is top-notch, and our operators are true professionals.

Call B&G Property Maintenance today at 305-370-8176 for a free estimate for your land clearing needs in Miami.

What are Your Land Clearing Options in Miami?

January 20, 2014

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Did you know that herds of goats are rented out to developers across the USA to clear land? Unfortunately, Miamians would rather eat goats or use them in sacrificial rituals than put them to work. Fortunately for you we suggest a socially responsible alternative. It’s not as cute and cuddly and altogether amusing process but it gets the job done.

Traditional land clearing is costly. You need permits, renting of giant dinosaur sound making machines and you either destroy the topsoil or create possible sinkholes by burning the left over debris into the ground.

Mulching machines is the better alternative for you today. There are no use of chemicals, no harm to the topsoil, no slash and burn methods and very little pressure to the ground being worked on. For the most part permits are not needed for these machines. Pollution is drastically reduced and the soil benefits from the mulch left behind.

So how does it work? The machine is equipped with grinders that ‘eat’ any trees and stumps that are in the path of the machine. What is left behind is mulch that covers the soil and acts as a protective barrier that seals in moisture and nutrients. Not to mention that any surrounding trees that you do want to keep are left completely unharmed. Many a trees have sadly died because of the underground root systems that spread out many feet and were left vulnerable to older clearing methods.

Give it a go! Try mulching machines next time you need to clear some land.

We’re Now Selling Clusia Plants in Miami

January 13, 2014

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We’ve been exclsively offering lawn maintenance and tree services since 1999. This year is the year, we’re finally exmpanding. Our next move? Plants!

It’s no secert that we loves plants. Ecspecially the kind of plants don’t get whitefly and can sustain Miami’s heat. For this reason, our first plant in our growing nursery is clusia (also known as picth apple). Not only is this plant good-looking — due to its bright green, thick, paddle-shapped leaves — but it’s also a low-maintenance plant that doesn’t easily get ill.

If you’re looking to switch out your hedge for something that won’t dissappear, consider clusia. Clusia is a wonderful plant for Miami’s finicky weather. Plus, whitefly just don’t care for clusia’s thick leaves. Meaning, your clusias are ready to stand the test of time.

Currently, we are selling five-gallon and seven-gallon clusias, ranging in height. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to send you some photos and give you more information on our plants. Prices start at $5 a plant, and if you’re buying in bulk we’ll make sure to give you a good deal.

We look forward to seeing you and seeing clusia in your landscaping soon!

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