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How to Prep Your Miami Trees for Hurricane Season

July 12, 2016


Hurricane season is among us, and we’ve still got a few more months to go before November hits and we’re in the clear. You know the drill: ample bottled water, lots of flashlights and an endless supply of batteries. Along with making sure we have everything we need inside our homes, we also must ensure the exterior is ready for strong winds and rain. And while shuttering your windows might be the first thing that comes to mind, prepping Miami trees is also essential to minimizing damage and danger.

It’s important to start your storm prep early, as hurricane season can be very unpredictable. That’s why you should take care of your trees ahead of time. Every tree is different, from age and species to strength and health. Here are three general precautions, though, that cover the important bases.


Precaution 1: Pruning

We suggest you enlist the pros for this, as an expert can more aptly identify where a tree’s structure is weak. Pruning Miami trees before a big storm helps prevent property damage, as you are lessening the risk of downed limbs and fallen trees. Two obvious approaches are to remove diseased and dead branches as well as limbs that are very close to the house. Experts will also tell you that opening up a tree’s canopy can strengthen its structure and help it resist strong winds.


Precaution 2: Supporting

Your Miami trees might need some extra support from intense gusts and torrential downpours. As pros, we strategically place steel cables around weak or V-shaped limbs as well as split trunks to keep them from breaking further in bad weather. Adding cable support can even increase the longevity of your trees.


Precaution 3: Rooting

Fact: Miami trees with healthy roots stand a better chance against hurricanes than those with weak roots. Keeping tree roots strong and anchored goes way beyond just hurricane season. One way to retain root health is to fertilize your trees with essential nutrients regularly. Trees need water as much as they need food, so make sure you are watering them. You can also add mulch to help roots retain water and nutrients, as well as reduce pesky weeds.


Note: native trees have a higher chance of surviving these types of storms than exotic species do. Trees planted in clusters, as opposed to those standing alone, also fare better. We’re happy to help you determine what kind of prep your Miami trees need to ensure a safe damage-free hurricane season.

Why Perform Tree Trimming to Young Trees

June 28, 2016

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Tree trimming Miami landscapes is a huge contributor to our beautiful and lush yards. And while the thought of trimming might trigger the image of a large, towering tree becoming perfectly sculpted, trimming is actually relevant for all sizes. While some think only mature trees need to be pruned, young trees also need a little extra attention to maintain clean-cut shapes.

These newly planted trees shouldn’t go neglected; in fact, the stability and structure of a young tree relies on trimming in its early years. Below find a few tips for keeping your trees looking crisp and healthy as they grow.

The bright Miami sun provides our trees with plenty of light, which is great but also causes multiple branches to grow. And regardless of how strong these branches are, the growth of too many branches–and no singular leader–can actually weaken the tree. The solution? Tree trimming! This practice eliminates excess branches and creates a defined trunk, making the tree more stable with a stronger structure.

Tree trimming Miami’s lovely landscape also helps train the tree through a process called subordinate pruning. After assessing all branches and limbs, an arborist will choose the strongest central branch, and eliminate or shorten weaker competing ones. This trains your tree to grow strong and tall.

Always take the proper precautions when tree trimming Miami yards. Stick to the general rule: never remove more than 25% of the canopy at a time. For newly planted trees, you should trim broken or damaged branches, but don’t overdo it. Arborists suggest you wait a few years after tree trimming a young tree, as more branches will pop up and grow.

Keep up with tree trimming from the early stages of your tree’s life through maturity with a little help from us!

8 Things to Consider When Land Clearing Miami

February 23, 2016

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Maybe you’re tired of looking at a messy landscape, or maybe you’re trying to get a head start on your spring cleaning. Regardless of why you’re interested in land clearing, Miami residents should be aware of the numerous factors that go into the job. From the physical labor to the laws behind land clearing, here are 8 things to consider before you get to work.

  1. Are you up for the challenge? Land clearing Miami landscapes will take a lot of hard work, so if you’re doing it on your own, be sure you can handle the manual labor.
  2. That being said, make a decision: can you take this project on or should you hire a trusted professional? When in doubt, call in the pros!
  3. When hiring a company, make sure they are properly licensed and insured (like us!).
  4. Abide by the law. Different states, cities and counties have varying regulations regarding the environment, and such is the case with land clearing Miami properties. Your professional crew should be aware of the rules for tree removal and more in your area.
  5. Stump removal typically involves the use of heavy machinery, which should only be operated by professionals.
  6. Tree removal is an integral part of land clearing, so be aware that you can sell these trees to a timber company. Not only will this help you dispose of the trees, but it’ll also land you some extra cash.
  7. Land clearing Miami properties can cause topsoil erosion, since vegetation is being removed. Different methods of protection can and should be applied to the land after clearing.
  8. Carefully distinguish the area that you want cleared so your crew of professionals does not demolish any landscape you’d prefer untouched.


Taking care of each of these steps will ensure a safe and effective land clearing of your Miami property. Overwhelmed? Don’t worry—we can help! Call us and we’ll be happy to take care of all your land clearing Miami needs.

Why Miami Land Clearing is Best Left to a Pro

February 9, 2016



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


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.


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