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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

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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
TREE PERMITTING PROGRAM
701 NW 1ST COURT, 6TH FLOOR
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

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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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