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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,



  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

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 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 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.


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 is brilliant and beautiful!


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’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



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.


Stump Removal: 3 Ways to Reuse Your Tree Stumps this Halloween

October 22, 2014

We’re all about repurposing and reusing. We turn removed trees into mulch. We take our green trash and give it away as compost. And we regularly supply local artists with leftover stumps.

We’re constantly amazed at what other’s can do with the “trash” we accumulate. Everything can be reused and that’s how we like it!

This Halloween we’re using the tree stumps from all our tree removals in Miami for, you guessed it, Halloween decors. Before you think about discarding those old stumps from your recent tree stump removal, consider turning them into art.

So this week, we searched the internet thoroughly (ok, maybe we just did a little Pinterest research) to look for ways we can reuse our stumps from all the stump removal jobs we do in Miami. And here’s what we came up with.

Forgo buying a pumpkin only to see it rut and instead try painting your stump tp resemble the real thing. How adorable are these painted tree stumps created by the people behinds All you need are some stumps and some paint. Check out these for inspiration.

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This idea from Premeditated Leftovers is simple and brilliant. Get yourself a thin sliced stump and some paint. You hang this on your door instead of a wreath.

Photo via Premeditated Leftovers

Photo via Premeditated Leftovers

Better Homes and Gardens keeps it simple a sophisticated with this beautiful arrangement. Bringing nature into the home is already art, so don’t worry about under doing it.

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens


The Best Priced (and Loved) Clusias in Miami

October 8, 2014


wholesale clusia miami_collageAllow us to tell you a little bit about ourselves. B&G’s owner, Benny Essig, is our green guru. He can tell you what’s wrong with your tree just by looking at it. And his tree trimming skills will leave any tree looking like a piece of art. His passion and care is undeniable. You may even call him a tree hugger. Hey, sometimes, when you’re up 50 feet in a tree all you can do is hug and hope that it all works out.

So, sure, Benny loves trees. But can we let you in on a little secret? Benny has a very special place in his heart for plants. He absolutely adores planting them from just one little stem and watching them grow into the stellar beauties they always become. The plants in the B&G nursery are his babies.

In 2012, when Benny found out his wife was expecting a baby boy, he decided to start growing clusia plants. While his wife grew a baby seed in her womb, Benny grew his own babies in his clusia plant nursery in Miami. The couple affectionately calls the nursery, the Olive Branch nursery after their son Oliver.

Today, Benny’s son is 16 months old, while his green babies are now 48 inches tall! It’s been amazing watching these beautiful clusias grow alongside his son. Although Benny doesn’t like to admit it, it’s hard for him to let go of his blooming clusia plants, but luckily they always find a good home.

Today, we invite you to be the next to take piece of our family. Our clusia plants are not only the most beautiful you’ll find in Miami, but they’re also competitively priced. You’ll be stunned when you see how gorgeous these guys really are. And when you ask us what out secret is, we’ll make sure to tell you: love.

From our family to yours, we invite you to purchase a love-grown clusia plant at wholesale prices.

Tree Trimming in Miami: How to Trim a Mature Tree

September 24, 2014

How to Trim a Mature Tree Miami

It’s amazing how trees grow and thrive in nature. You don’t see anyone going deep into the forest to trim those large pines, do you? Well, landscape trees — the ones we have on our properties — are quite different. They’re domesticated like our pets and they need extra love and attention.


So how can you love your tree? Start by trimming it regularly (once a year in most cases). But before you start attempting to give your green family member a haircut, make sure you know how to do it. And if you feel overwhelmed, you can always call B&G Property Maintenance for your tree trimming needs in Miami.


Let’s get started, shall we?


  1. 1.    Why do We Perform Tree Trimming?

We trim trees the same reason we take care of our health by exercising, eating right, or visiting the dentist. It’s a means of prevention. We also do it for safety reasons and, of course, for aesthetic.


Proper trimming of a tree will maintain good health, plus make it a beautiful addition to any landscaping. When we shape the tree and remove broken branches, the tree looks neat and well taken care of.


  1. 2.    When do We Perform Tree Trimming?

It’s time to perform tree trimming in Miami at any time of the year. But tree trimming in Miami is most important just before storm seasons.  The removal of weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be the difference between a broken window and not-broken window. You know what we mean?


The only time you don’t want to perform tree trimming is when you notice that the tree has a form of disease that is passed on while pruning, like oak wilting. Consult an arborist if you have any doubts.


Another time to consider is right after spring which is when trees spend a lot of energy growing and expanding. Pruning just after this time can be stressful, so just be mindful.


  1. 3.    How Should We Trim?

There are four proper methods of tree trimming. Here’s what you want to ask for if you’re hiring someone to perform tree trimming in Miami for your trees.

  • Cleaning – this is the removal of dead, dying, or weak limbs from the crown of a tree.
  • Thinning – this process is what you’ll see most often. This is when you selectively prune the tree in increase light penetration, air movement through the crown, and improve structure.
  • Raising – this is when you remove the lower branches from a tree to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, or vista.
  • Reduction – is when you reduce the tree’s height or spread while maintaining its form and integrity.


Best of luck with your tree trimming project. As always, if there’s anything we can do to help you during the process, please call us at 305-370-8176.

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.

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