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The 3 Facts You Need to Know Before Tree Trimming in Miami

October 16, 2013

Miami Tree Trimming

When your tree begins to resemble Cousin It, you know it’s time for a little trimming. If done properly, pruning can help the health and the aesthetic of a tree. But while trimming your own tree may sound like a good idea, there are a few factors to consider before you bring out the pole saw.

City Requirements
When trimming a tree in Miami, you first must consider the city’s requirements for a properly trimmed tree. Without the proper knowledge, an inexperienced tree trimmer may over-pruned the tree, leaving it with stubbed branches and minimal leaves. One common technique is called topping, which is when more than 25-30% of the tree is removed.

Besides being an eyesore, you over-trimmed tree can cost you a hefty fine from the city. Rather than save money by trimming your tree on your own, you may end up paying more than if you would have hired a licensed and insured tree trimming company.

We suggest, requesting estimates from three different tree trimming companies in Miami. Make sure they are licensed, insured and have a certified arborist on staff.

Damage to Nearby Targets
While tree trimming might seem like a pretty easy project, if done incorrectly the remaining tree can cause considerable damage to surrounding property and pedestrians. Inappropriate pruning can weaken the tree and its limbs, causing them to fall on nearby targets.

Over trimming can cause entryways for wood-rotting organisms, creating a potentially hazardous tree.

Damage to the Tree
Unlike people, when a tree is wounded it must grow over the damage. Meaning the wound stays within the tree forever. When pruning hurts a tree it becomes stressed, making the tree more vulnerable to disease and insects.

One common mistake is removing too much foliage. Removing leaves reduces the process of photosynthesis, which can starve a tree or hinder its overall growth. Without enough leaves, the tree cannon gather enough sunlight to survive.
Overall, hiring a certified arborist to trim your tree is an investment that will result in a healthy, good-looking tree that can add considerable value to your property. Plus, they’re good for the earth!

Looking to trim a tree in Miami? Call B&G Property Maintenance for a free estimate. We’ll make sure to send out our on-staff ISA Certified Arborist to your property to assess your precious tree.

Why is My Hedge Disappearing?

August 7, 2013


Is your tree looking a little sickly these days? Are the leaves on your trees turning yellow or appear to have white spots? Or worse, is your hedge quickly becoming see-through?

Well, your precious greens may be infested with whitefly, a destructive pest that feeds on the underside of leaves. These small white, winged insects suck the juices out of foliage causing serious damage to the host plant, including yellowing, wilting, molding and even death. Whiteflies multiply dramatically and once they take over your trees or hedge, you can quickly lose your investment.

The good news is you can take control of the situation. Common whitefly treatments include insecticide spray and Arborjet injection. The way Arborjet works is the product is injected into the transport system of the tree. The best part? The treatment is fast acting, effective, environmentally responsible and lasts up to 6 months.

Another option is to install plant species that attract natural predators of whitefly. Our favorite is Clusia, a semi-succulent with thick, bright green, paddle-shaped leaves. We love them so much, we even grow them at our nursery!

Don’t let whitefly take over your precious garden. Take action now to combat the insects before it’s too late.

What to Look for When Hiring an Arborist in Miami

August 6, 2013


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 know 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.

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.

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