Helpful Tips

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!

How to Request a Tree Removal Permit in Miami-Dade County

October 24, 2013

Tree Trimming and Removal Miami

Thinking of removing a tree in Miami-Dade County? Before you start chopping away, make sure to request a tree permit from the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Department.

Not all trees need a permit to be removed. For example, any tree considered to be a nuisance according to the county like the Australian Pine, Brazilian Pepper, and Seaside Mahoe are exempt from permitting. There are also other instances when you do not need to request a tree removal permit in Miami-Dade. See this guide for more info on exceptions.

But for the most part, we do have to request permits to remove a tree in Miami-Dade. Why? Because sadly the tree canopy in Miami-Dade is below the national average when it comes to metropolitan cities due to all the trees we lose during hurricanes and other storms, plus diseases. For this reason, when removing an unexcused tree, the city ask that we replant a tree or donate to the Tree Trust Fund. Submitting and closing a tree removal permit in Miami-Dade County can be a bit time consuming, but making sure that our trees are removed properly and accounted for is really in the best interest of the community.

So how to do you even start the process? Different municipalities (think Coral Gables, Miami Lakes, Pinecrest) have different processes, but if your property falls within Miami-Dade’s jurisdiction, here’s what the county’s site list as the process to submit a tree removal permit:

• Submit a completed Tree Removal/Relocation Permit Application Form , along with the application and the initial inspection fee, in person, by mail or by fax. Both the application and the initial inspection fee must be received in order to process the application.

• The mailing address and fax information is:
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Regulatory and Economic Resources Department
MIAMI FL 33136
Fax: 305-372-6479

• The property owner or authorized representative will be informed if the permit has been approved or denied, usually by certified mail, email or otherwise requested.

• The processing time for a tree removal/relocation permit (i.e. from application acceptance to the permit being drafted and ready for issuance) is approximately 30 days.

• For properties that are not in violation of the tree ordinance:
When a tree removal/relocation permit application is submitted and additional information is required in order to continue processing the permit, an official correspondence will be sent to the owner or authorized representative identifying the deficiencies.

• If the Tree Permitting Program has not been contacted regarding the requested information, or if the requested information has not been received within 120 days from the date of the official correspondence, the application will be denied.

• According to Section 24-49.7(3) of the Miami-Dade County Code, all tree permit applications that remain incomplete for a period of 120 days shall be denied. A new tree removal permit application shall be required for all work previously proposed under a permit application that has been denied.
• In certain cases, such as when applying to remove or relocate 10 or more trees, a site plan/tree survey is required.

For more information on requesting a tree removal permit in Miami-Dade County, please visit here.

Feeling overwhelmed? B&G Property Maintenance will gladly take care of opening and closing tree permits for you in any Miami municipality. Please call us for a free estimate at 305-370-8176.

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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