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Tree Removal Coral Gables: How to Remove a Tree in Coral Gables

September 29, 2015

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The picturesque city of Coral Gables wouldn’t be the same without its towering tree canopies. These gorgeous canopies provide you with shade on your morning run, keep your kids from overheating when they play outside, and give so many different animals a home. It’s truly a team effort, with trees growing from all different properties until they meet in the sky.

But what happens when you need to remove one of these trees? In order to ensure the community’s safety and beauty, this is a process that must go through specific tree removal Coral Gables rules.

Should you need to relocate or remove a tree for construction or another reason, you must fill out a mandatory application. A few facts:

● You can only submit this form once you have thoroughly attempted to preserve the tree in question, which is addressed in a preliminary approval process
● Applicants must submit said preliminary approval as well as construction documents
● You will be required to incorporate new trees in your post-removal landscape to replace the tree in question
● Fees include $35.00 for the first tree, $10.00 for each additional tree, and a filing fee determined by the amount of pages in your documentation

If you remove a tree prior to the permit being approved, you will face multiple fees and fines. Access the full application on the Coral Gables city website here.

As you can see, tree removal Coral Gables mandates are no joke. Let us take care of your tree removal and relocation needs to ensure a smooth and successful (not to mention legal!) process.

Tree Removal Pinecrest: How to Remove a Tree in Pinecrest

September 22, 2015

tree removal pinecrestIf you live in Pinecrest, odds are you frequently admire the lush trees as you pass them by. These gorgeous trees don’t only provide your neighborhood with much-needed shade, but they also make for a beautifully scenic area. You would definitely miss them if they were suddenly gone, right?

Right. That’s why the Village of Pinecrest has specific rules for tree removal. There are some situations, though, where trees can become detrimental. They can be hazardous to our safety, and even make building additions or new homes challenging. If you are considering tree removal or relocation, read up on the regulations to ensure you are within the tree removal Pinecrest legal limits.

The most important thing to know is that you need a permit to cut down a tree. You’ll need to fill out an application and also submit two copies of a tree and/or property survey providing essential information including the tree size, its exact location, and more.

If your application is approved, you’ll be required to pay a fee as well as replace some of the lost tree area with new trees. It’s worth noting that while all tree removal requires a permit, dead trees and specific species are exempt from a fee. You can access the application and learn more about these exempt species here.

If you just want to give your tree a haircut, the requirements are more lax. Tree trimming does not require a permit, but there are still mandates to adhere to. Always use proper trimming techniques to keep trees healthy and to avoid fines.

When in doubt, call on us to make sure your trees stay beautiful and healthy, and you stay fine-free!

How to Request a Tree Removal Permit Miami-Dade

September 15, 2015

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Odds are, you already know that trees have a vital impact on our environment. Not only do trees improve the air quality in our community, but they also help reduce flooding–something we should be very appreciative of!

But did you know that trees can cut a home’s air conditioning expense by up to a whopping 40 percent? How about the fact that they can increase a property’s real estate value by 15 percent? These two facts are just part of why tree removal in Miami is a heavily guarded practice. Not to mention the storms and urban developments that have taken down much of the tree canopy in Miami-Dade County over the years.

There is an important tree removal permit Miami communities need to be aware of, and here’s what you need to know. Here is how you request a tree removal permit Miami-Dade.

In order to remove or relocate most trees in Miami-Dade County, you must have a permit. According to the county, the following trees require a permit:

● Non-native fruit trees that are cultivated or grown for the specific purpose of producing edible fruit, including, but not limited to, mangos, avocados or species of citrus
● Non-native species of the genus Ficus
● All multi-trunk palms except Paurotis palm/Everglades palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii) and Reclinata palm (Phoenix reclinata) which have a minimum overall height of 15 feet

(via http://www.miamidade.gov/)

If you are interested in tree removal or relocation, we can help with the specifics. Just give us a call and we can assist with the tree removal permit Miami residents must abide by as well!

Hurricane Preparation: How to Prepare Your Trees for a Hurricane

September 8, 2015

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Hurricane season can be a scary time for us in South Florida. While we always hope we won’t be dealing with a major storm, it’s important to know how to prep our homes in case of a hurricane. When it comes to hurricane preparation, taking care of your trees is at the top of the list. Don’t know where to start? Follow our tips and your landscape will be safe!

● Thick tree canopies (read: hard to see through) should be thinned.
● Watch out for trees with multiple trunks. Prune around the main trunk, and make sure branches form an angle of 40 degrees or more with this trunk.
● Leave tree roots alone. Pruning or digging around a tree’s roots could increase the chances of it falling during a storm.
● Don’t touch palms, either. Removing palm fronds actually hurts and weakens the tree. You should, however, remove coconuts as well as large palm seeds that could become airborne from strong gusts of wind.

Hurricane preparation can be hectic and sometimes rushed. So, instead of waiting until hurricane season hits, take precautions from the second you choose your tree. Remember to:

● Always buy good quality trees
● Make sure trees are adapted to South Florida
● Start training trees when they are young

Even if the forecast is unsure, hurricane preparation is no joke. Take care of your foliage to keep your home and neighborhood safe during hurricane season and beyond!

Stump Removal Miami: How Stump Grinding Works

August 25, 2015

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You’ve invested time and money in your yard, and you take pride in how the outside of your home looks. Don’t let an ugly stump ruin your pristine landscape! You can easily rid your yard of this eyesore with one simple practice: stump grinding.

But before we get into that, note that there are other processes for stump removal. If you’re up for a DIY project, you could dig, drill, and axe it out. The basics involve digging out the stump roots, chopping them, and then getting right back to digging. For a while. Lots. Of. Digging. Sound like an unpleasant way of stump removal? Well, that’s because it is.

Work smarter, not harder. Take it from the experts: stump grinding is the most effective method of stump removal. Stump grinding uses a machine to chop the stump into tiny pieces quickly. You could also do this yourself, or hire professionals to do it for you.

If you choose to attempt stump grinding yourself, you’ll need to rent your own stump grinder. Most homeowners find that the renting cost and physical labor necessary just aren’t worth it. Not to mention the dangers and risk of injury!

We suggest you head straight to a professional, like us, instead! Your experience with stump removal in Miami will be much faster and easier. Within minutes, you’ll already see the stump disappearing before your eyes. Stump grinding gets the job done quickly, and you won’t even have to lift a finger. And just like that, your impeccable yard is restored to its original beauty.

When you think of stump removal Miami, think of B&G Property Maintenance!

Tree Trimming Miami: 3 Signs it’s Time to Trim Your Trees

August 19, 2015

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When was the last time you had your trees trimmed? This important practice is crucial to the appearance and even the safety of your home, but many people overlook it. In fact, too many homeowners wait until it’s too late, and then have to deal with consequences that leave their yards dangerous and dull-looking.

Tree trimming or pruning is the selective removal of tree parts. This includes trimming branches or roots, which maintains and improves the tree’s health and strength. Tree trimming Miami landscapes is vital to keeping our community looking beautiful, healthy and lush. It should be part of your regular yard maintenance, but here are three signs that it’s time to trim those trees.

1. You see weak or dead limbs in the tree

This includes tree limbs that hang down much further under the leaves. Removing these limbs will make the tree stronger and healthier, and help it continue to grow. Getting rid of these eyesores also automatically makes the tree look fresher.

2. The tree and/or branches pose a hazard to your family and neighborhood

Trees that are growing close to power lines should be trimmed immediately to avoid a dangerous accident. You should also look out for branches that hover over walkways and could potentially fall and hurt a passerby. Finally, it’s important to keep tree trimming at the top of your list during hurricane season, as a weak tree and its limbs could become airborne debris during a storm.

3. The tree’s shape looks disheveled or fruits and flowers have stopped growing

Not only will tree trimming keep your lawn looking manicured, but it will also promote the growth of fruits and flowers. If you’ve noticed your tree has stopped producing, it needs to be trimmed. Should its shape start looking unkempt, tree trimming is the haircut it needs to look handsome again.

If you’re not sure if you need tree trimming at your home, call us and we’ll help you out. Tree trimming Miami: let’s keep our neighborhoods beautiful and safe.

Miami Arborist : Why You Need to Hire a Certified Arborist

July 21, 2015

Do you need a Miami arborist? Learn how to find a certified arborist in Miami.

When you look up the word ‘arborist’ on Google, the first definition that pops up is,

ar·bor·ist

ˈärbərəst/noun

  1. a tree surgeon.

That’s not much of a description considering that arborists, are much more than that. They understand tree’s needs. Have a question about whether or not that mushroom growing on the trees side is safe or hazardous? Need to know if your tree needs to be pruned or if that pesky stump needs to be removed? Sometimes trees need another set of eyes. The answer is simple; consult with an arborist.

Refer to the list below to determine if you need to hire an arborist in Miami:

  • If your tree is growing an unidentifiable fungi, weed, or mushroom.
  • Stump is too close next to growing tree.
  • Strange insects are living in your tree.
  • Leaves are falling off too fast and/or not growing.
  • Bark is falling apart quickly.
  • Emergency tree care/ storm, weather disaster.
  • There is a large cavity on your tree’s bark.

When hiring a Miami arborist, make sure they are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). You can do this by visiting FloridaISA.org.

Once you schedule an appointment with an arborist, understand that a consultation usually is charge by the hour. Upon arrival, the arborist may perform some tests to determine the alkalinity and acidity of the soil and take some samples to try to come up with a solution. Or simply looking at the state of the tree may be enough for an experienced Miami arborist.

Although not all municipalities in Miami require an arborist to complete tree work, hiring an arborist is the best way to guarantee your trees will be trimmed and cared for well. Trees are investment, and if not under the proper care, your precious greens can decay without you even knowing. And at the very worst, they hurt you or a loved one if the tree is hazardous. A Miami arborist can create an arborist letter or survey of your trees in order to let you know the health of your trees.

Lastly, when you’re looking to remove a tree for various reasons, hiring a Miami arborist to help you with the permit process is one of the best investments you can make. A proper arborist assessment will be your best ally when requesting a tree removal permit.

With all the said, B&G Property Maintenance is fortunate enough to have an ISA certified Miami arborist on staff: none other than the company’s owner, Benjamin Essig. If you’re in need of an arborist letter, an arborist assessment, or arborist survey, please contact us at 305-370-8176.

Adopt a Tree: Free Trees in Miami

July 17, 2015
Tree Service Miami Promotes Adopt a Tree program

Tree Service Miami Promotes Adopt a Tree program

You’ve heard of ‘adopting’ a street or a highway. You feel a sense of pride knowing you have ownership over a road, or like the fact that you helped make a strong contribution to society! Now, we are able to do that with trees. We can actually adopt a tree in Miami!

Tree-huggers rejoice!

Trees, are essentially amazing to the environment. They provide oxygen, shade, nutrients, and possess many more important qualities. They also reduce flooding, and clear out carbon dioxide floating in the air.

The Adopt a Tree program started in 2001, and has almost 185,000 adopted trees all over Miami-Dade County. Most of the adopted trees are shade trees, in order to enhance Florida’s urban areas.

This year, the program returns with three events, in July, August, and October.

The first event starting July 25, is right around the corner,

Adopting a tree is quite simple, and FREE. If you live in the Miami-Dade community, and are a single-family or own a duplex, you’re already able to adopt up to 2 free trees.

If you want to plant trees in the public right-of-way, you must first complete an Adopt-a-Tree Program application. This application is thorough and covers all topics from:

1-Species of tree

2- Safety distances

3- Sketch showing future location of tree

Now, it may seem like much work, however, think of the sense of belonging to such a program that offers a great cause. Unfortunately, we lose so many of our trees due to disease, new construction, or because they pose a threat to nearby targets. For this reason, as a community, it is our responsibility to plant new ones.

However, your choices on which species of tree are a tad varied, depending on where you plan to ultimately plant said tree.  Quality of tree’s are limited, so try to arrive early as it is on a first come, first serve basis.

Below are event details. And of course, if you need help planting that tree, please call our Miami tree service company, B&G Trees Miami at 305-370-8176.

Event Schedule

All events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, come rain or shine.

Saturday, July 25
Goodlet Park
4200 West 8 Avenue, Hialeah
Tree species available:

Saturday, August 29
Harris Field Pavilion
1034 NE 8 Street, Homestead

Sunday, October 4
A.D. Barnes Park
3401 SW 72 Avenue, Miami

 For more information, email adoptatree@miamidade.gov or call 305-372-6784.

3 Gorgeous Ways to Use Tree Stumps in Your Thanksgiving Décor

November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving is upon us! While we prepare for lots of feasting, and some sacred family time, we’re also so excited for yet another reason to get crafty! Thanksgiving day is the perfect excuse to bring out the glue guns, ribbons and, in our case, tree stumps! What better season than autumn to bring a little bit of nature inside your home, literally. At B&G we’re all about repurposing and reusing. It just so happens that our tree stumps also make for pretty awesome DIY décor for your home.

In the spirit of the holidays, we’ve decided to put the stumps from all of our stump removal jobs to good use. Here are a few great ideas to add a little bit of nature into your holiday decorations, and to bring a little bit of our home into yours.

You no longer need to wait for Christmas to bring out your fancy wreath! The team behind realhousemoms.com has come up with some amazing fall inspired DIY wreaths. Our favorite (just so happens) includes some wood stumps. Oh, and a little burlap too.

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At our Thanksgiving dinner, our guest are usually too focused on the food to even notice our plates, let alone our placemats. This year why not give them something to notice! This idea for log placemats from justimagine-ddoc.com is brilliant and beautiful!

log-placemats

If your family is anything like ours on Thanksgiving, we make sure that our tables are covered with plenty of delicious dishes. This doesn’t always leave us with much room for table decorations, which is why centerpieces are a must! They are simple statement pieces that take up little room and go a long way. We are loving Worthingcourtblog.com’s bark centerpieces. Just add a few berries, some flowers and maybe even an apple, or two, and wah lah! A beautiful nature inspired centerpiece.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Certified Arborist Miami: Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

October 29, 2014

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Why hire an arborist when you can hire someone else to trim your tree who might charge less? Well, first it’s important to understand what makes someone a certified arborist in Miami.

 

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 knows 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.

 

What if you don’t hire an certified arborist in Miami?

  • You can end up with a hatracked tree, which is basically when your trees limbs are cut off. It’s quite sad and very ugly.
  • You can get fined by the city for trimming wrong or removing a tree without pulling a permit or presenting an arborist letter.
  • Worst case scenario, if someone gets hurt on the job and they’re not insured the worker can go after you for damages.

 

Protect yourself and your beautiful trees by hiring a certified arborist in Miami. 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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