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Why Miami Land Clearing is Best Left to a Pro

February 9, 2016

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We’re big advocates of DIY projects (just check out our blog post on repurposing your Christmas tree!). But even though we’re all for getting your hands dirty, there are some things that are best left to a professional. When it comes to land clearing Miami, the verdict is in: leave it to the experts.

Not only is it arduous, hard work, land clearing also requires the use of heavy duty tools that only a pro should operate. Different companies do land clearing in different ways, so the tools and processes may vary. Generally speaking, from chainsaws to bulldozers, the powerful and sometimes commercial-grade equipment used for land clearing Miami is no joke.

There are also legal implications to land clearing Miami, from local laws to state regulations. This includes concepts like tree ordinances, burning and permits. Professionals are well versed in the city’s rules, so by trusting them you’re also avoiding potential problems with the law.

You might think you want your land totally cleared and tossed away, but you might have some value on your land that you can benefit from. If you’re taking down trees, the timber could be of interest to a timber buyer. A professional can give you the information you need to determine whether or not you should try to sell the timber, and they might also have a good candidate for you to sell it to.

Finally, land clearing Miami could result in erosion on your property. The ground should be seeded to hold the topsoil, which is a process a professional is, well, a pro at!

If you’re interested in land clearing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll get the job done efficiently, legally and–best of all–without you having to lift a finger.

3 Tips for Buying Firewood in Miami

February 2, 2016

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Winter in Miami might not compare to the cold climate of other cities, but this year has seen its fair share of chilly temps. Sweaters are out in full force, and you know what that means: it’s time to light up a bonfire or get that fireplace roaring.

But with so little practice under our belts, many Miamians are left wondering just how to get those flames safely burning. When buying firewood Miami shoppers should know just what look for. Here are 3 simple tips for buying firewood.

Buy dry wood

The key here is ensuring the wood is dry. Right after being harvested, a tree is considered green, meaning it contains high water content. Seasoned wood, which is dry, is what you want to use as firewood. Various tree species dry at different speeds, which leads us to tip number two…

Choose the right species

It’s important to know the type of wood, which will make it easy to determine how long it will take to dry as well as how strong and hot the fire will burn. Species like ash are convenient because they dry quickly versus the oak tree, which also burns well but takes longer to season. For a longer-burning fire, use oak or hickory instead of quick-burning pine.

Know how much you’re buying

Generally, the most common firewood quantifying term is “cord,” which is a pile measuring 4’ x 4 x 8’. Note that the firewood might be cut into 16” lengths, so a cord would contain 3 rows or “ricks.”

Wood makes for an efficient and environmentally friendly fuel choice. Make sure to choose the right firewood, Miami, and you’ll have a beautiful bonfire throughout the season.

 

How to Pick the Right Mulch

January 5, 2016

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Mulch is the underdog of gardening. It might not be the most apparent or impressive aspect of a landscape, but it definitely plays a key role in keeping plants and flowers thriving. So, what is mulch, exactly? Plainly put, mulch is the material you cover flowerbeds with. Not only does it add beauty to your arrangement, but mulch also preserves moisture and keeps weeds down.

That being said, there are various types of mulch and each serves a different purpose. Do you know how to pick the right mulch? Follow our guide to learn more about the different kinds of mulch and decide which one is right for your project.

Most common: wooden bark mulch

The number one choice people go with is wooden bark mulch, which is inexpensive and easy to use. Plus, it has a very natural look. You must refresh with a new layer every few years.

Popular choice: pine straw

Another favorable option is pine straw, which acidifies soil. It’s particularly beneficial for azaleas and hydrangeas as well as rhododendron beds.

Permanent option: rock mulch

For a permanent solution, choose rock mulch. This is the right mulch for low-maintenance landscapes, as the rocks don’t decompose or fade. Avoid rock mulch if you are planting bulbs or annuals.

Unusual and unique: cocoa hulls

A less common and far more exotic choice, cocoa hulls make for awesome mulch. Not only is it great for soil, but it also smells fantastic. Dog owners beware: the cocoa scent can result in dogs eating this type of mulch, which makes them sick.

Once you pick the right mulch, the next step is to properly set it up by laying about 2-3 inches of mulch between plants. You can use your hands, or utilize a rake to cover larger areas.

If you need help choosing the right mulch or laying it down, don’t hesitate to call us!

How to Repurpose Your Christmas Tree

December 22, 2015

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Your Christmas tree is the focal point of your home during the holidays. The nostalgic scent, the bright lights, and the dazzling ornaments all contribute to the Yuletide cheer. But after the 25th, the excitement starts to fizzle, and by the New Year you’re ready to get rid of your Christmas fir.

This year, instead of tossing it, why not repurpose your Christmas tree? There are lots of ways to utilize the branches, needles, and even the trunk. Read on for creative ways to repurpose your Christmas tree—and enhance the look of your home while you’re at it!

 

  • Your old tree is the new birdhouse: simply hang bird feeders from the branches and watch your feathered friends enjoy.
  • Amp up your landscape design when you repurpose your Christmas tree trunk by cutting it into discs and using the chunks to line pathways or surround flowerbeds.
  • Cut those discs even thinner, cover them with a coat of polyurethane, and voilà—you’ve got DIY coasters!
  • Pro tip: moisture-free pine needles decompose slowly, so they can double as mulch.
  • Christmas tree branches are perfect for outdoor fire pits; just make sure not to light these branches indoors.
  • Use small branches and twigs in other plants in your home, especially to support shaky potted plants.

Easy and efficient, recycling your tree at home is easy. How will you repurpose your Christmas tree?

5 Things to Know About Planting Trees

December 15, 2015

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Fact: no one likes a pesky power outage. Flickers and outages are inconvenient and downright and annoying. But they don’t only happen because of storms. Another fact: tree limbs, and especially palm fronds, can be the cause of such outages.

Luckily, we can take preventative measures when planting trees to avoid and lessen tree limb interference and, thus, reduce flickers and outages.

How? Well, if you’re looking to add to your landscape, there are a few things you should know about planting trees. Follow these 5 important facts about planting trees and your new additions will look spectacular!

 

  1. Choose wisely. When you’re researching trees, make sure you are aware of what its growth will be at maturity. Ensure that the width, height, and depth won’t affect nearby power lines.
  2. Another research tip: determine if, at maturity, the tree’s canopy will reach any overhead lines.
  3. Power lines don’t only exist above us! There are underground utility lines you need to be aware of before taking that shovel into the ground and planting trees.
  4. Tall trees that grow near power lines will have to be pruned or even removed. To avoid potentially having to remove a tree from your property, follow rules #1 and #2 for planting trees.
  5. Safety first. Always hire professionals when possible. If you’re doing your own work, ensure you stay at least 10 feet away from power lines.

 

Planting trees takes a lot of planning. Always do your research and work with professionals like us to guarantee a job well done (and safely, too!).

Why Planting Trees in Miami is Important

December 8, 2015

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Think about your favorite street or neighborhood in Miami. Maybe you even have a favorite house. Odds are, your favorite area probably gets some of its beauty from the foliage and landscape. But the surrounding trees and flowers aren’t just for decoration. We take them for granted, but trees are actually very important to our community. In fact, trees in Miami have a direct effect on your wallet.

That’s right; trees in Miami can actually help you save money. Here’s how.

Trees affect the value of your home. Having trees as part of your property’s landscape can increase the worth of your house by up to 15 percent. Why? Of course, trees add to the home’s aesthetic and beauty. They also help keep neighborhoods quiet by acting as buffers for sound. Finally, trees keep the community cooler. That leads us to another way planting trees in Miami benefits your budget.

The sweltering Miami heat causes us to crank our air conditioners almost year-round, but properly placed trees can contribute coolness, too. Trees provide our homes and neighborhoods with shade, which can reduce cooling costs between 15 and 30 percent. We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate cutting their AC bills!

Speaking of crisp air, here’s an interesting fact. Every year, trees in Miami-Dade remove 5,425 tons of carbon from the air. This drastically improves the quality of the air our families breathe. Trees also make soil more absorbent, reducing storm water runoff. This is especially important due to Miami’s rainy weather.

Planting trees in Miami is essential to our quality of living. Let’s plant more trees to beautify our city and reap the budgetary benefits of a lush landscape

3 Signs You Need a Tree Removal

November 24, 2015

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It might not seem like it at first, but tree removal Miami is actually an essential component in maintaining the city’s safety and beauty. A dangerous tree poses a risk not only to your home, but also to your family and even your neighbors. Trees also have an effect on the value of your property. Keeping a close eye on your trees and identifying a potentially problematic tree before it becomes a hazard is key.

We know, that’s easier said than done. You’re able to naturally tell when your child or pet is sick, but how do you know if your tree’s health is in trouble? Here are 3 signs you need a tree removal.

1. Trees can suffer from construction stress.

You probably wouldn’t expect that the work you did on your driveway could negatively impact your trees. Danger signs include a reduced amount or lack of foliage, damaged bark, and a premature autumn color. Beware of carpenter ants and mushrooms at the base of the tree; these signify rot and decay.

2. It’s okay for a tree to lean, but not too much.

Inspect a leaning tree for exposed roots around the base. Also look for cracked or heaving soil–this is especially an issue if you find it on the opposite side of the tree’s lean. These are all signs that point to a problem.

3. Multiple trunks could mean instability.

If a tree has more than one trunk or has splits in one trunk, check it out further. Cracks that reach deep down into the trunk are red flags. V- or U-shaped multiple trunks could also mean bad news for mature trees, as that means the wood that connects the trunks is weakening and could lead to a split. This is particularly dangerous during storms, making this a leading cause of the tree removal Miami experiences.

It’s a good idea to take a look around your yard every so often, especially after storms and changes in season. Know that tree removal Miami is guided by different rules in different areas, so be sure to contact us and make sure the tree is removed both safely and legally.

 

How to Create a Thanksgiving Tree

November 18, 2015

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No matter what the weather is like, fall is a beautiful season. It means the holidays are here, and it’s a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends. With Thanksgiving coming up, we’re especially thinking about everything we’re grateful for. And what better way to show love, happiness, and gratitude than with a Thanksgiving tree?

We’re not talking about getting your hands dirty and becoming one with Mother Nature. We mean counting your blessings by creating your own Thanksgiving tree using a large jar, a few sticks, and a little creativity. It’s a kid-friendly DIY way to display everything you’re thankful for this season.

 

Here’s how to create your family’s own Thanksgiving tree.

First, gather:

A gallon-size glass jar to use as the base

A handful of branches

Chalkboard tags and chalk

Enough assorted nuts to fill the jar

Burlap or string

Scissors

Then, distribute the chalkboard tags among your family members and give everyone a piece of chalk. Each person should write something they are thankful for on each of the tags. Thread the string through the tags.

For a fun twist, you can give the chalkboard tags out at your Thanksgiving gathering, and have each of the guests come up with their own. This will make for a truly special Thanksgiving tree.

Fill the jar with the mixed nuts, and then position the branches in the jar so they are scattered but upright. Tie the tags on different levels of different branches, much like you’d put ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Your Thanksgiving tree is ready! It makes a great decoration at the entrance of your home, and can even be a beautiful centerpiece at your dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Best Low Maintenance Plants for Miami Landscaping

November 10, 2015

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A beautiful landscape is an important part of every home. Decorating your yard with picturesque plants and flowers is a lovely way to liven up the look of your abode. It’s also great to contribute to your neighborhood’s Miami landscaping beauty. But what happens when your precious perennials die? Or when you find yourself tending to them more than you have time for?

Don’t let your time and money be wasted. Choosing plants that are easy to keep alive and flourish is key when curating beautiful Miami landscaping. These plants require little upkeep and will thrive through the seasons without much care.

Follow our guide to putting the right plants in your landscape. These are the 3 best low maintenance plants for Miami landscaping.

1.  Scarlet Milkweed

This evergreen perennial grows beautiful clusters of scarlet and orange flowers from springtime into the fall. You’ll notice Scarlet Milkweed will attract butterflies through these seasons as well. This plant can be positioned in full sun to partial shade and grows to be between 36-48 inches tall. Another perk of this plant is that it can tolerate wet soil and occasional flooding, which is important for Miami landscaping.

2.  Rain Lilies

Rain Lilies can be positioned in full sunlight. They’re great for Miami landscaping because they sprout yellow, pink, red or white flowers during the spring and summer after it rains. This perennial goes dormant during the cooler seasons, and conveniently requires minimal water. They grow between 24-48 inches tall. Be sure to plant several of them–this plant flowers best when crowded.

3.  Florida Mountainmint

The name says it all. It’s an erect and loosely branched plant, and the leaves smell like spearmint. This shrub-like perennial is great for Miami landscaping, as it can be positioned in full sun or partial shade. You’ll see small lavender flowers bloom in dense clusters, and you can expect butterflies to frequent this plant.

The Benefits of Tree Trimming

November 3, 2015

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Making your house a home takes time and effort. But we’re not only talking about picture frames and furniture. When it comes to your abode, it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts. A beautiful exterior is both inviting and lovely to look at. Your landscape is the first thing your guests see, and it’s what your neighbors look at every day. It’s what your family admires and enjoys when you’re out taking a walk.

Nurture your landscape and help it stay healthy and beautiful with regular tree trimming. There are plenty of benefits when it comes to tree trimming Miami! Here are a few examples.

Trimming your trees helps them live longer because pruning removes weak and dead limbs before they can harm the rest of the tree. Removing these branches, as well as eliminating unruly ones, can increase the amount of leaves, flowers, and fruit your tree grows

By trimming unwanted branches, you also protect your home. South Florida gets hit with many storms all throughout the year, and a strong gust of wind is all it takes to send a branch flying into a window or car. Unruly tree branches are especially dangerous if they grow into power lines. Making sure the tree is trimmed and healthy ensures your home will stay safe no matter the weather.

This is also important for keeping your loved ones and neighbors safe from any accidents. Tree trimming takes care of dangerous low-hanging branches that could be detrimental to your family or passersby.

We’re experts at tree trimming Miami, so call us for help keeping your landscape beautiful and your family safe!

 

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