Are Your Trees Getting Too Much Rain?

It’s been a rainy season for Floridians. As the daily downpours start to pile up, homeowners are looking out into their backyards and starting to worry about their trees. 

Join us, as we break down heavy rain’s impact on your trees and how to stop root rot from ruining your tree growth.

The Rain’s Impact On Your Tree’s Leaves and Roots

So, your tree’s roots have been over-soaked with rainwater. What exactly does that mean, though? Well, for starters, the roots and leaves may end up having a bad reaction. And that threatens the overall health of your tree.

We all know a tree’s roots need water in order for the tree itself to grow healthily. But they can’t just have water – they also need oxygen. For something underground to get any amount of air can be hard to imagine, compacted under soil as it is, but oxygen can and does pass through gaps in the soil and into tree roots. But this airflow is impeded when your soil is overly wet.

When you stop the roots of your tree from absorbing enough oxygen, the tree suffocates amd can begin to rot and develop infections. These are living things, and the worse your tree is for wear, the weaker it will become, over time. Your tree may even shrink. over time, with their roots no longer able to do their job properly anymore.

Look out for withered, yellowed, and fallen leaves, typically out of season. With increased humidity comes fungal diseases, as well, which can be spotted, easily, with powdery mildews and ring rot.

Tree Growth

Even the healthiest athletes in the world can get taken down by the flu or an unexpected infection. Similarly, it doesn’t matter how healthy a plant is – too much water will stress out its immune system and negatively impact the plant’s ability to grow.

Much like an athlete recovering after an infection, many trees will lose their leaves during a rainy period, and start to grow again once their soil has had a chance to dry out in the summer. In these cases, the tree will come back just as strong as before. 

If the infection is bad enough, or the tree is too weak, some plants may not snap back, following a setback. In these cases, you’ll likely need to remove the tree, entirely.

So, How Much Rain Is Too Much?

A few days of heavy rain is to be expected, in many cases. This won’t push a tree over the edge. Above-average rainfall is where the problem is, when the water is sustained over a long period, like weeks or even sparsely over months. 

What To Do During High Rainfall Periods?

Even with all of this information, the truth is that when the rain starts, you can’t stop it. And some trees may just end up dying. When trees aren’t able to recover from water damage, there’s not very much you can usually do about it. 

There are a few things you can do, in order to help out:

  1. Stop watering. Your trees do not need water and will not until the soil dries out again. Even when the rain eventually slows or even stops for a little bit, the soil will likely still be soggy.

    Want to test it? Dig into the ground up to about six inches. If it comes up soggy or clumpy, don’t bother watering it.
  2. Avoid using fertilizer, as well, at least until your soil has drained out, completely. Fertilizer promotes tree growth, but it does it by making the tree use its energy to grow. And your tree needs to conserve as much energy as it can during this period.
  3. If your tree starts to clear up, don’t celebrate too early. Monitor your tree throughout the next growing season to see if any of the symptoms return. 

Looking for expert tree maintenance services to help keep your trees in pristine condition? Visit SB Tree Service, today, and let us help you get more out of your yard.

How To Deal With Lightning Damage To Your Tree

Following a lightning strike, you’re going to want to start with damage control. Clear out any hanging or broken branches. Put out any small fires with a heavy blanket, non-toxic fire extinguisher, or just plain water. 

Wood too big to remove on your own? Worried a burned branch might collapse and damage your car? Reach out to a certified arborist. For larger fires, reach out to the fire department before the problem gets out of hand.

Signs Of Tree Damage Resulting From Lightning

Lightning damage isn’t always some massive crack in a tree that smokes and hisses. Sometimes, they can actually be very subtle. When lightning hits a tree, it typically impacts the inside of the plant, targeting layer-after-layer just underneath the bark’s surface. This is all plant matter we can’t actually see with the naked eye, so trees may actually look completely normal for some time before eventually starting to decline. Sometimes, the tree may just suddenly die, even though it seemed fine, leading up to that. 

Some signs you might see, if the damage is severe enough, include:

  • Cracks running down the entire length of your tree’s trunk.
  • Bark stripping away from your tree.
  • Leaves withering and wilting throughout your canopy.
  • Burned or blackened areas.

Will A Lightning Strike Kill Your Tree?

This depends, but not always, no. Much like any living thing, every tree is different. Sometimes the same amount of damage will have less of an effect than others. A tree may be “hardier”, overcoming damage if given enough time and love. Another tree might not. 

Your tree’s fate depends on any one of the following factors: 

  • health
  • species
  • age 
  • location

Also, keep in mind that “not dying” isn’t necessarily a win for your tree. It may have sustained major internal injuries, opening itself up to infections or opportunistic insects, all of which might damage it irreparably.

The general rule of thumb is that a tree which was struck on one side of the trunk is likely to survive. If both sides of the tree have been damaged, however, you’re much more likely to need removal.

What Steps Can You Take? 

The classic lightning protection system is the tried and true answer for tree defense against lightning damage. The system diverts any and all lightning away from your tree and into the ground, along a set path. This is lightning we’re dealing with, here, so it must be noted that no system is 100% guaranteed. But anecdotal evidence positions this as one of the top players in the whole lightning protection game. 

As always, make sure to consult with a certified arborist before taking any major steps to protect your tree, if for no other reason than to save yourself a lot of potentially wasted money.

On Winter Pruning

Unfortunately, artists don’t have much of a canvas to work with in the cold, grey winter months. The beautiful colors of blooming flowers in the spring and summer can’t compare to the dull, muted tones of the holiday season, no matter how many Christmas trees you decorate.

In winter, most of the flowering shrubs and trees have gone dormant, especially depending on what climate you are in. But, talk to any botanist worth their salet and they will agree that late winter is the most important time for winter tree pruning.

Don’t fall into laziness when it comes to winter pruning just because your shrubs and trees look dead. This is the time to get out and prune them. Late winter is the optimum time to prune, just weeks before the buds start swelling and the sap starts flowing again.

This also allows healing time and re-energizing from those cuts before it’s time to flower again. But don’t get scissor happy just yet, because not all trees and shrubs should be pruned at this time.

Which Trees and Shrubs Are Best To Prune In The Winter?

For a good rule of thumb, prune when the plant is asleep, or dormant, and does not have any buds. Deciduous plants are what we want to prune. These are the plants that drop their leaves in the fall and do not flower in early spring. Plants that flower in late spring and summer are great for pruning, too, provided it’s done in the late winter. 

Make sure to avoid pruning all the spring flowering plants because the wintertime is when they’ll have their buds. This would, unfortunately, destroy the flowers ahead of them blooming.

Why We Prune

Always make sure to prune any dead, damaged or diseased branches from any trees. The tree will still try to bring nutrients to these branches, limiting how much food the rest of the tree gets. 

Pruning is a scientifically proven method to improve the structure of the tree as it benefits from getting pruned, while living longer. Ironically, another reason to prune is the damage the overarching branches cause the tree as they scrape up against each other. 

Winter Pruning

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Tree Care: Three Simple Tips

No surprise here, but flowering plants can be extremely difficult and finicky to properly care for. Thank goodness most trees are not this high maintenance and don’t require so much tending to.

While we don’t all think of ourselves as having a green thumb, there are certain things that we should be able to do. If we have our own yards, tree trimming is one of those things that extends the life of our trees and shrubs.

Simple Tips For Tree Trimming

  1. Trim Trees While Young.

    Fun Fact. You can shape a tree while the branches are still young. The branches are still soft and easily cut at a young age, thereby paving an easier path to older tree trimming. 
  2. Tree Trimming During Tree Hibernation.

    Anywhere you can reduce stress on trees is good. Winter hibernation is the best time for trimming because you don’t have those pesky leaves to bother you. This is also a convenient healing period for the tree before the spring renewal arrives.
  3. Dead and Weak Branches Must Go.

    Don’t go scissor happy on your tree. Do your homework before you start cutting to avert a disaster, like taking out the whole tree. Most trees will show their dead or weakened branches pretty easily. Just don’t cut any major arteries.

    Ironically, with dead branches, the tree will still try to use all of its nutrients to heal its sick or dead parts. This limits its growth.

When To Call Your Local Tree Experts

If you are wary of cutting the trees yourself, SB Tree Services is always there to assist you with your tree trimmings. Please do not try to cut or trim any trees if you are not physically up to the task. Leave it to the experienced tree experts at SB Tree Services.

Tree Trimming Or Pruning?

Ever wonder what most people are daydreaming about at your local coffee shop? You see them just staring outside, with such deep intent. And, while they are usually looking out at trees, we are pretty sure they aren’t thinking about trimming or pruning them.

But the tree experts may be. And, if they are, you can bet the words “trimming” and “pruning” come to mind at some point. While there is a definite difference between the two, they also have some of the same end benefits. 

What Is Tree Trimming?

Tree trimming is more for the aesthetics of the tree than actually being purposeful. Trimming gives you a very specific desired “look”.

It’s typical to do tree trimming when your tree branches get to the point of looking unkempt. It’s also called trimming when cutting back branches that cross over power lines or block any field of vision. 

What Is Tree Pruning?

The objective, when it comes to tree pruning, is one specific purpose: to better the tree’s overall health and livelihood. When pruning, one would be looking for dead or diseased branches and cutting them off.

Removing any branches that would hinder any structural growth to the whole life of the tree is the ultimate objective. This process should be handled by expert arborists or tree experts, so as to not disturb the tree’s survival.

When To Prune And Trim The Trees

Since trimming is for cosmetic purposes only, you can trim at any time of the year, but spring is always the best time for this. The pruning schedule is a little more specific. It is best to prune once or twice a year and always a few weeks before the first flowering bud shows itself. This gives the tree time to heal before enduring the growth cycle in mid to late spring. 

Why SB Tree Services 

When you love something so much, you involve your life in it and it becomes your passion. It’s exactly what you will find with the tree experts at SB Tree Service located in Volusia County. When you need some tree help, you now know who to call on. Don’t forget to call them with spring just right around the corner, as this is the optimal time to prune and trim those trees.

Tree Removal Safety Precautions

The Earth is dependent on trees, just as it is on water. Trees not only give us carbon dioxide and oxygen for breathing, but they give us shelter, shade and beautiful scenery. We use them for recreation as a walking path to our happiest, most serene places.

We also use them as tools, like when we tie off our hammocks for an afternoon siesta. As you can see, trees’ purposes are endless, so any kind of removal of a tree should be well thought out and completely necessary. 

With that said, let’s take a closer look at the tree removal process.

Removal Of A Tree

Understandably, there are many reasons beyond our control to remove a tree. Perhaps it’s a dead or diseased tree that poses danger to our property or home. Maybe the tree must be taken down for safety, as it’s growing out toward power lines. 

For whatever reasons, there are a few guidelines to follow if you are going to be taking down a tree yourself. While we advise against doing this work yourself, there are certain precautions to take, if you are going to.

But be advised: you should always consult with a tree expert before attempting any of this work. 

  • Wear The Right Safety Equipment. One of the most important things is to remember to wear all the necessary safety gear. Again, we can not stress enough how preparation can make all the difference in avoiding accidents.

    If you are going to do any tree cutting, experts recommend a logger’s helmet, earmuffs, safety glasses and Kevlar caps. Also, make sure to check the work area, afterward, to ensure everything is put away. 
  • Estimate The Trees Felling Zone Properly. Just eyeing the visual falling space of a tree may not be enough. Professionals suggest using the ‘ax handle trick’ to determine the tree’s felling zone.

    Hold the ax at arm’s length while you’re closing one eye. After this, you can move toward or away from the tree until the top portion of the ax is even with the bottom and the treetop. 

When You Should Call Professionals

Before you do any tree work, we encourage you to always contact tree professionals. We have the proper equipment, expertise, and put the best safety precautions in the industry to use on every job.

SB Tree Service is your #1 rated source for all tree cutting and tree removal services. Call us today for a quote on any yard or tree work you may need. We’d rather have you safe than sorry.

Tree Trimming: The Value

During the cold winter months, our yards are the last thing that we think about typically. It’s usually rainy and just not an inviting environment to want to get dirty in. The dormant trees and flowers get overlooked, along with the once, green grass. But this doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to get a jump on the spring yard work, now. Tree trimming, most certainly, is an option.

Don’t procrastinate. When the warm spring and summer months roll around again, we wish that we would’ve done some easy pre-season touch-ups. Tree trimming can be done at any time of the year. Just don’t get it confused with tree pruning. Pruning is only done at specific times of the tree’s growth, typically in the early spring. Pruning at the wrong time of the year can cause tree damage. 

Why Trim Trees

There are a few specific reasons to do tree trimming now. Let’s look at why:

  • Healthier, Happier Trees. Just as humans like to get haircuts on a regular basis, so do trees. Tree service companies will agree that trees that get trimmed professionally, allow more sunlight to penetrate through for better health. The trimming process will take out the uneven branches for a better, even look to your tree and yard, overall.

    Trees that are trimmed actually live longer and are less apt to lose their branches and leaves, foregoing any damage from wind-blown loose branches. 
  • More Money In Your Pocket. With the best look, your yard can give you money back in your pocket if you are looking to sell your property. A good rule of thumb per real estate companies can be upwards of a generous 14% rate of return on a good looking, healthy yard.

    You don’t have to go overboard on what you have, as long as what you do have is well taken care of and maintained. 

Let The Experts Take Care Of Your Trees

Make sure to call your local tree experts for tree trimming, pruning, and cutting. SB Tree Service is well versed in all the native and non-native species of plants and trees. You will be glad you did and so will your wallet.

Signs and Solutions to Treating an Infested Tree

A tree’s health is always at risk for disease and pest infestation. Even if you aren’t a certified arborist, early seeing the signs of infestation can help you treat your tree in time to save it from irreversible damage. Knowing how to identify the signs of insect infestation and disease is crucial to understanding how to respond and move forward with treatment.

Insect pests and bacterial diseases can look similar to the untrained eye, but knowing what is affecting your tree is crucial to finding the proper treatment solution for your tree. Here are some common signs of pest infestation and what you can do to help minimize damage to your tree’s health.

Spotting the Signs of an Infested Tree 

Sometimes it’s evident that your trees have a problem. Other times, you have to look around to see what’s happening.

If you’re not sure if your trees are sick or harboring pests, keep an eye out for these signs:

  • thinning leaves or needles
  • holes bored into leaves
  • unusual leaf sizes
  • discoloration of needles or leaves
  • stalled branch growth
  • holes or loose bark on the trunk
  • Lifting roots, look around for any insects that may be present. If you can identify the culprit or capture one of the insects to bring to an arborist, it will be easier to find a treatment solution.

Common Types of Pests in Central Florida 

An infested tree caused by insects can be a frustrating problem. While there are many different types of insects that may attack your trees, there are some general signs you can look for to discover if you have an infestation and some ways to get rid of the pests.

Gypsy Moth

Gypsy moths are known for their ability to defoliate hardwood trees, like elms and oaks. They lay their eggs in clusters of up to 500 on tree trunks, and the larvae hatch in the spring. If left untreated, these hungry caterpillars can wipe a tree clean in just a couple of weeks!

Spider Mites 

Red spider mites generally feast on flowering fruit trees. The eggs are laid on the bark in such numbers that they can quickly overwhelm any tree. In one-week, red spider mites can grow from larvae to adults with prime environmental conditions.

The rapid development leads to extensive damage as the mite’s suck fluids from individual leaf cells, causing a flecked or stippled appearance. As the infestation grows, the foliage takes on bronze and yellow coloration while some trees suffer stunted growth or even death.

Aphids 

You may have an aphid problem if you notice your tree leaves curling, becoming yellow, stunted, or covered in white sap. Aphids are soft-bodied insects that suck plant sap from terminal growth leaves, causing the tree leaves to turn yellow and wilt.

Common Types of Tree Diseases 

You might have noticed that your tree is looking a little off. Maybe it’s shedding its leaves when it shouldn’t be, or they look withered and brown. Or perhaps there are small bumps on the trunk or even fungus growing on the bark.

These could all be signs of tree disease, and you need to figure out which one right away so you can treat it. If you don’t identify the disease and take care of it, you put your tree in danger: some conditions can kill it entirely.

Fusiform Rust 

Fusiform rust is a stem disease, meaning that it infects the trunk and branches of the tree. If you find this disease affecting your trees, you’ll need to remove those trees to protect yourself and your property from possible damage.

Fusiform rust is caused by a fungus called Cronartium quercuum. It’s most common in native pine trees like the slash pine and loblolly. You can identify fusiform rust by its cigar-shaped galls on the tree’s main stem and its yellow-orange blisters or rust-colored spores if the infected trunk or branch breaks open.

Laurel Wilt 

Laurel wilt is a fungal disease that affects the redbay, swamp bay, and avocado tree. It’s caused by Raffaelea lauricola and is introduced by the nonnative redbay ambrosia beetle, and the disease is fatal.

The signs of laurel wilt include wilting leaves that turn brown rapidly and dark streaks beneath the bark that are bluish-blackish in color. You may also notice tiny holes with sawdust tubes on the trunk and limbs of your tree.

If you think you have an infested tree because of laurel wilt, the best thing to do is remove it to slow down the spread of the disease. Make sure you chip or burn the tree, including its stump. Insecticides and fungicides have not proven to be effective when treating laurel wilt.

Preventing Pests 

Maintain your trees to prevent pest infestation, diseases, and infested trees.

The best way to keep your trees healthy and thriving is to perform regular maintenance. This includes removing dead or diseased branches, cleaning up fallen leaves or fruit, and pruning the tree.

Make sure your trees are getting enough water and sunlight. Many trees need about an inch of water per week during the growing season, although you should check with your local tree company to see what is recommended for your specific species. Watering deeply once per week is better than watering shallowly every day. 

If you spot signs of pests or disease, act quickly to prevent them from spreading. You can contact a professional for assistance in identifying the problem and treating it.

Infested Tree: Conclusion 

If you have already started to see signs of disease, treat it immediately. The longer you wait, the worse it will get, or another pest could take over. Similarly, keeping your tree’s environment healthy and free from stress will help prevent infestations or diseases from growing or spreading. Identifying signs of insects and conditions can help you better recognize when your tree is ill and prepare for treatment. 

Our ISA-certified arborist can help you spot the signs of an infestation or disease on your trees. Don’t hesitate to give us a call; time is of the essence in these situations. 

5 Common Mistakes When Planting a New Tree

Newly transplanted trees are vulnerable during the first few years in their new location. Proper planting and care at the beginning will help establish a strong root system and provide a healthy, long-lived tree. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when planting a tree:

1. Tree Type 

If you’re thinking about planting a new tree on your property, take note: not all trees are alike, and it’s essential to choose the best species for your site. One common mistake is selecting trees that are the wrong size or won’t thrive in your area. 

Select high-quality trees that are adapted to local conditions. Species selection is essential because some species may have characteristics that lead to poor growth. For example, weeping willows and cottonwoods grow rapidly but are not long-lived and are susceptible to many pests.

Planting a tree that thrives in direct sunlight in a shaded area of your yard can mean disaster and cause many headaches, leading to our next mistake. 

2. Improper Placement 

The planting site is also essential. A site with a good history of plant survival and growth is probably a good place to plant a tree, though it may or may not be the best choice for the tree you want.

Avoid planting too close to the home, as this can interfere with utilities (especially sewer lines) and can cause damage to the foundation wall if roots grow under the structure. 

Trees planted too close together become crowded and compete for nutrients, water, and space. Eventually, this leads to crowding, growth suppression, and increased susceptibility to pests. Place trees far enough apart so their mature canopy widths will not overlap when they reach maturity; this saves money by eliminating the need to remove

3. Planted Too Deep or Too Shallow 

Planting a tree too deep can cause the root flare (where the trunk meets the roots) to be buried. This can lead to problems related to the rotting of the trunk and roots. If this occurs, the tree will essentially be girdled by its roots. The best way to avoid this problem is to understand that planting too deeply is one of the most common reasons trees fail in landscape settings. 

To make sure you don’t grow too deeply, dig your hole so that the depth from the bottom of your hole to the top of your root ball is equal to approximately the depth of soil on your root ball.

If your hole is too shallow, it’s not draining well; when there isn’t enough water for them to suck up, some trees will die from lack of moisture or light. You can tell if it’s too shallow by looking at the bottom of the hole: if water collects there and doesn’t drain out, then it probably needs more soil packed into it so that water can get through quickly. 

4. Not Using Stakes 

Not using stakes to hold up a newly planted tree. The roots of a new tree need time to develop before the stability provided by these roots can take over from the support provided by stakes. If you don’t use stakes, instability can cause damage to the developing root system, stunting growth and contributing to disease in the trunk and branches of your new tree.

5. Poor Watering 

The most common mistake when planting a new tree is not watering enough. Even if the soil around your new tree is damp, you still need to make sure that you are watering your newly planted tree. If you are growing an established tree, it may be that it needs more water than you think. It is best to plant in the spring or fall to minimize exposure to low temperatures or frost depending on where in Florida you live. 

Planting a New Tree: Conclusion 

If we all take a little time to plan and be aware of our environment, many of the problems with planting a new tree can be avoided. Trees improve our overall health, beautify and enrich the community, and help us live more sustainably. Planting a tree is a big decision, but it will undoubtedly pay off in the future. A few simple guidelines, like those mentioned here, will go a long way towards ensuring the success of your next tree-planting endeavor.

Here at SB Tree Service, we take pride in caring for our client’s every tree needs. Contact us today for a FREE estimate! 

The History and Significance of Arbor Day

It’s a known fact that trees are an essential aspect of our environment. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do our most complex yet straightforward biological function – breathing! Although trees are beautiful and plenty, it’s more important than ever that we teach new generations better ways of caring for them and our environment.

You might have heard of Arbor the day before, and are you’re wondering what it’s all about, why we have it, and the significance of this holiday celebrated in April. Today we’ll discuss how important this holiday is to educating people on nature conservation and protecting the environment

What is Arbor Day?

Arbor Day is a holiday where individuals are encouraged to plant trees. Today, many countries observe such a holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.

The idea of an arbor day has been traced back to 1872 when a journalist from Nebraska named J. Sterling Morton proposed setting aside a special day for tree planting to the people of Nebraska. Morton also helped start Arbor Day while editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper, the Nebraska City News. 

In 1872, he put out a call in his paper for everyone in Nebraska to plant trees on April 10th that year. The first observance of Arbor Day was a success; an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska that day.

How Did Arbor Day Become a Holiday? 

President Richard Nixon is notoriously known for a few scandals during his presidency. However, he was also big on nature preservation. He took many environmentally friendly actions throughout his term, such as the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and getting Arbor Day observed nationwide. 

Although the “Father of Arbor Day” Julius Morton passed away in 1902, he is still celebrated in Washington, D.C, with a statue commemorating him and his role in environmental conservation.

Celebrating Arbor Day

Arbor Day is not a federal holiday. However, educational institutions like schools often mark the day by holding special events. Observance of Arbor Day varies from state to state. However, it is often observed on the last Friday in April in some states. Other states celebrate it on different dates throughout the year based on when they experience optimal planting weather conditions. Some states even have multiple Arbor Days!

Arbor Day: Conclusion  

The history and significance of Arbor Day may be lesser known to people of a younger generation. However, plants and trees are still an essential part of today’s world, and we simply don’t give them enough credit for being crucial parts of our everyday lives. For everything trees provide for us, we should thank them every day and never forget their importance to humanity. 

At SB Tree Service, our ISA-certified arborist understands how to care for your trees to increase their health and longevity. Contact us to schedule a free estimate and learn more about our tree care services online today! 

What You Need to Know Before Choosing an Arborist

If you live in a warm environment, your yard may be full of trees. Taking good care of your surrounding trees is paramount to maintaining their health and extending their lifespan. That said, when doing so, professional tree services along with a qualified arborist are at times required because you may not be able to do it on your own. 

Whether it’s tree watering, trimming, pruning, or even emergency tree removal, hiring an expert can make a significant difference in the growth and health of your trees. If you think that your trees may need some work, it’s time to look into an arborist, here is what to look out for when hiring the right one. 

Always Check Credentials and Reviews 

Before hiring an arborist, always check an arborist’s credentials. Look at several different sources for information about the arborist’s reputation and service record online. Also, make sure to check that they are an ISA-certified arborist.

Before choosing an arborist, ensure that they have insurance. An insured tree service company is a good bet that it will provide the best possible service and do the job right. A reliable tree care company often carries two different types of insurance: workers’ compensation and liability insurance. The liability insurance protects your property if there are any mishaps during the procedure. Workers’ compensation ensures your peace of mind and covers medical bills in case someone gets hurt on your property while working on your trees.

Get an Estimate 

Many good tree care companies offer free estimates before any work begins, so even if you have to pay for an appraisal from a company that does not meet your needs, it will be well worth the expense because it will help you avoid paying for poor quality work or services.

When you request a free estimate from a tree service provider, ask for the company’s credentials and the names of recent customers who can vouch for their work. If the company has been in business for several years, ask if they have ever received any awards or other recognition from professional organizations such as the Arbor Day Foundation or the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). If they have received awards or further recognition, ask to see them!

Remember, Good Landscaping is an Investment 

High-Quality Tree Service is an investment. You want to ensure that your arborist gives you a fair price and provides high-quality service. Good landscaping can also increase your property value.

A well-placed tree or shrub can shade your house, saving you money on cooling bills. Trees and shrubs also provide homes for birds and other wildlife, and they absorb rainwater, reducing runoff and erosion in the yard. In addition, they increase the aesthetic value of your property, enhancing curb appeal and raising property values.

When caring for trees, consider hiring a professional landscaper or arborist who can advise you on proper planting techniques, tree health care, and pruning needs. A reputable landscaper should be knowledgeable about all aspects of tree care. 

Arborist: Conclusion 

If you think it’s time to find an arborist in your area, SB Tree Service can help! We offer various services that include tree removal, stump grinding, and tree trimming. When choosing an arborist, you will want to be sure that they have the skills needed to help your trees.  

Our arborists are professional, and ISA certified. We take the guesswork out of tree care so that you can relax, knowing that your trees—are in good hands. Contact us today to receive a FREE estimate and learn more about our services. 

How to Spot a Stressed Tree

We all know that a happy tree is a healthy tree, but did you know that stressed trees can show signs of a sickly tree? Trees are constantly growing, shedding leaves and otherwise being alive. However, when they do get sick, there are tell-tale signs that should tip you off. If you want to know how to spot stressed trees we’ve created a list of a few easy-to-spot signs.

It’s in The Leaves 

One of the most common signs of tree stress is deciduous trees losing leaves at the wrong time of year. To be clear, trees drop their leaves in fall as a natural part of their life cycle. However, suppose they are dropping leaves outside of the regular fall season (varies by location and species). 

In that case, it usually means they are trying to manage additional stress by conserving resources. Early leaf drop is most commonly caused by extreme heat or drought, disease, or insects.

Abnormal Growth 

The presence of mushrooms or fungi growing around the tree’s base is typically a sign of decay since mushrooms usually grow on dead or rotting wood.

If mushrooms are growing at the base of your tree, it’s time to call an arborist. These fungi feed on the dead and decaying parts of the tree, and they can’t do that unless some part of your tree has already died. The main concern here is that if your tree has already died in one area, that portion may be vulnerable to falling off.

Mushrooms aren’t necessarily a death sentence for your tree, but they should be taken seriously.

Leaning 

Some trees naturally grow lean, but most trees should stand upright without leaning to one side. If you notice a tree has recently begun to lean to one side, this could be a sign that it has an internal structural issue or was damaged during a storm.

Excessive Dead Branches

A small number of dead branches is typical for many mature trees, but if more than 20 percent of your tree’s branches are dead, it is likely suffering from some type of decline or disease that

Trunk Health

A crack in your tree’s trunk could be due to several factors, including drought stress, structural defects, storm damage, and decay. While some cracks are minor and will not cause problems for your tree, others need to be examined by an arborist to determine if they should be treated or removed.

Stressed Tree: Conclusion 

Recognizing the signs of a stressed tree can help you decide whether to take action. It’s up to you whether you act, but at least now you have that knowledge to go on. If you suspect a health problem in one of your trees, the first thing you should do is call a professional.

Our certified arborist here at SB Tree Service understands that many factors can affect your trees’ health. If you are concerned about the trees on your property, give us a call today to schedule a FREE estimate. 

3 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Tree Service Company

Whether you’re just looking for a tree trimming estimate or want to schedule complete tree removal, you need to find a reliable tree service company for the job. It’s essential to do your research before hiring any company for your next home project, especially to take care of your trees

Choosing a quality tree service company ensures the work is done safely and with proper equipment. You’ll also end up with a healthy yard and better curb appeal. But, how do you know which companies are reliable and which are just out for money? We’ve put together this list of 3 things to look for before hiring a tree company.

1. Check for Experience and Insurance 

The first thing to consider before hiring a company is experience. It’s not enough to just look at a company’s website and decide they’re the best choice because they sound like the right people. A great tree service company will have years of experience in this field. 

They should also have some kind of insurance policy, which protects them against accidents or damage to your property. Insurance protects you as a customer and the workers while they are on the job on your property. 

2. Get an Estimate

It’s always wise to get an estimate on the job beforehand to ensure you understand precisely what they will do and how much it will cost. The estimate is just that: an estimate. The actual price may be higher or lower than the estimate. If you have doubts about the price, ask for a second opinion or discuss your budget with the tree expert. 

3. Read Reviews 

As anyone who has ever hired a tree service knows, sometimes the best way to find a good company is to ask around. There are many websites where you can read reviews of tree service companies in your area, and many of these sites offer free advertising for their advertisers. But you need to be careful that the reviews are not paid for by the companies themselves; this might give you a biased view of their performance.

When in doubt, it’s always best to check Google reviews or ask family, friends, and neighbors their thoughts on a company if they have worked with them before. 

Conclusion 

Before you agree to hire a tree service company, ask yourself if they’re offering their services at fair prices. Are they honest? Are they experienced? Do they use good equipment? Can they provide insurance in the case that they damage your property or injure someone? 

At SB Tree Service, we can guarantee to check all of your boxes when it comes to finding the right tree service company. Contact us today to discuss scheduling an estimate for your next home project and learn more about our services! 

3 Common Tree Removal Questions and Answers

It’s a big decision when you decide to remove a tree and should not be taken lightly. While you may feel a lot of pressure to remove the tree the right away, each situation is different. Therefore your tree should be assessed by a professional before being removed. 

If you are thinking about removing a tree soon, but you’re a bit apprehensive because of the price or the possible damage to your home or property, you’ve come to the right place. We have created a list of 3 common tree removal questions and answers that will hopefully help take some of the mystery out of removing a tree.

1. How Do I Know if I Need to Remove a Tree? 

The first step in determining whether or not you should remove a tree on your property is to perform a health evaluation. In many cases, if a tree looks dead, it could be that it is just dormant, but a good assessment by a professional arborist can determine if the tree is truly dead or not. If there are no leaves but still has branches, you may want to allow it to grow leaves and branches again before deciding whether or not you wish to keep it on your property.

Sometimes the limbs of the trees might start to fall off and weaken, this may indicate that a potential fall risk exists. If a tree branch falls on your house or other structures in your yard, such as sheds or garages, this can cause significant damage. A risk assessment should be performed to determine if the risk of falling branches is excellent enough to warrant the removal of the tree from your property.

2. Can I Remove the Tree Myself?

Technically you can, but removing a tree is a dangerous task that should not be attempted by anyone other than trained professionals. If you do not have experience with this type of work or the proper tools, you are better off paying a professional service to remove your trees for you, even if you are an experienced DIYer. 

3. How Will Safety Be Taken into Account? 

At SB Tree Service, we take pride in ensuring the safety of our customers and workers. Therefore, we are fully licensed and insured in the state of Florida. We also have our workers abide by the OSHA rules and regulations to ensure maximum safety while on the job site to prevent injuries and other accidents. 

Tree Removal Questions and Answers: Conclusion 

Whether you are looking to remove a tree from your property because it is dead or has become a potential damage risk to your property, we have been servicing the Volusia and Brevard county areas helping hundreds of residents with issues such as these. We take pride in providing the best tree care and services to give you top-quality results and solutions. If you need a tree removed, contact us today to get a FREE estimate!  

4 Reasons to Trim Your Trees Before Spring

Trees are a valuable asset to any property, they provide shade, maintain the value of your property and improve the overall aesthetic of your home or business. Keeping your trees trimmed is an essential part of their maintenance, and it can help extend their health and longevity.  

Trees are most susceptible to disease and insect infestations when their branches and limbs become overgrown. This is why our tree care specialists here at SB Tree Service highly recommend that you trim trees often. Below are 4 reasons you should trim your trees before spring rolls around. 

1. Prevent the Spread of Disease and Insects 

The dormant season is when trees are most vulnerable to certain diseases. These diseases spread more easily during other times of the year. Pruning in winter—before new growth begins—helps remove spores and possible disease, leaving your tree healthier for the coming growing season.

Dormant pruning helps manage insects. Many insects are inactive during the winter months and are not as active. Pruning also reduces the likelihood that these insects will infest your trees after they become active again in spring.

2. Easier to Improve Tree Growth 

There are not many things that can be done in winter to help your trees and shrubs, but one of the most valuable is to trim them. Trimming in late winter will allow new growth to start in spring, so it will emerge as the tree begins to grow. If you wait until spring growth starts, removing branches and shaping the plant can have a detrimental effect on the plant’s ability to leaf out fully. In some cases, this may mean the difference between a healthy, full-leafed tree and a branchless shrub.

An added benefit of winter pruning is that it allows specialist to see the structure of the trees better to make more informed decisions about how they should be pruned. For example, if you regularly remove branches that develop where they shouldn’t, you’ll be able to notice more readily when a branch is growing in an undesirable place.

3. Prepare Trees for Storms 

Although hurricane season is months away, it’s not a bad idea to get a jump on being prepared. This means trimming your trees to keep up with overgrowth ahead of time. Adequately trimmed trees pose less risk to home or business during heavy rains and winds. They are also less likely to be affected by these storms if they are healthier. And what makes a healthy tree? You guessed it – pruning and trimming, along with other maintenance. 

4. Easier and More Efficient 

Unless your tree has been completely cut back to the trunk, it will most likely need some pruning before spring. Trees are easier to access while still leafless, making getting the job done more efficient. Secondly, they are easier to work on when they don’t have thick branches and large canopies in your way. Plus working before new growth emerges also means less risk for injury as bark tends to be more fragile than when leaves cover it.

Trim Your Trees Before Spring: Conclusion 

There are some logical and sensible reasons to trim your trees, as you’ve read here. If you enjoy the look of a well-pruned tree and the benefits that it brings each season (from winter to summer), then why not consider calling a local tree service professional to do the job for you? Here at SB Tree Service, we can trim your trees regularly through the year to maximize their overall health, appearance, and ability to withstand weather changes in your area. And if you have any questions or would just like some additional information, be sure to give us a call to schedule a FREE estimate today! 

A Quick Guide to Caring for Mature Trees

Whether you own a residential or commercial property, chances are there are trees on the premises. If you have mature, large trees on your property, pruning them is an essential part of their overall maintenance. However, there’s more to caring for mature trees than simply pruning them in the spring. In fact, there are a few critical care steps you can take to keep them healthy year-round. Read on to learn more about how to take care of your mature trees to ensure their health and longevity. 

Water 

Water is essential when caring for a mature tree or any tree, for that matter, young and old. Improper watering can leave your tree dehydrated and more susceptible to pests or disease. On the contrary, overwatering can also jeopardize a tree’s health, causing problems such as root rot and fungus. 

Since mature trees need a little extra care getting your watering schedule down pat is imperative to their health. Always consider the amount of rain that we experience throughout the year, and this will influence the amount of water you give your trees and help prevent over and under-watering. 

Prune

Mature trees should be pruned regularly to eliminate dead branches/limbs and overgrowth. Improper pruning can have devastating effects. Especially if not done by a professional who understands the anatomy of a tree. Pruning can prevent the disease from spreading, pests from calling a dead branch home, and overgrowth, which can stunt the overall health of a tree. Poor pruning techniques can cause more harm than good and can cause the tree to go into shock if too much is taken off. 

Pests and Disease 

Pests and diseases can quickly affect the health of your mature tree. Whether it’s obvious or not, these little creatures, bacteria, and fungus can cause a host of problems within the tree itself. Sometimes the issues are very subtle until they become more apparent to the average property owner. This is why it is essential to have your mature trees inspected by a certified arborist trained to spot these issues. 

Getting to the root of the problem before it gets worse can mean a world of difference. Sometimes, it may be too late to save the tree and ultimately can have it removed or cut down. Typically, this is the case when you need to prevent the disease or pest infestation from spreading to other healthy trees nearby. 

Trees are an essential part of any landscape and can offer a variety of benefits for homes and businesses. If you take care of your trees, you can give them the best chance to grow and to continue providing shade, beauty, and more. The key to a thriving, mature tree is to give it the proper amount of water, nutrients and to care for it as it matures. Following this guide will help make caring for your mature trees a pleasant experience. A certified arborist can help you make this process even easier. Contact SB Tree Service today to learn more about our services and schedule a FREE estimate. 

New Year New Yard: How Stump Grinding Can Help You Achieve a Beautiful Yard

Here at SB Tree Service, we know that the upcoming new year will bring with it a lot of yard work. The last thing you want to think about doing is spending your time clearing up old trees and staring at unsightly stumps. Having a tidy yard is one of the essential elements of landscape design that should be given ample attention. 

Are you ready to have a beautiful yard and open landscape this spring? If you are, then there are a few things you need to know. Stump grinding is one of the main things you could do to help bring your yard back to its full beauty potential. Just imagine what you could do with all that extra space this spring! 

What is Stump Grinding?

In some tree removal cases, homeowners may opt for leaving the stump. There are many reasons why the stump gets left behind after tree removal. Unfortunately, these eyesores can make your entire yard look less attractive and even bring down property value. I bet the first question that comes to mind is, “Why not just remove the whole stump?” 

Well, you can do that. However, stump grinding is the way to go for homeowners looking to improve their yard fast and with minor damage. During the process, a large blade is placed over the stump. Once on, the blade will begin to grind the stump down as flush as possible to the ground. This creates a smooth-looking yard. 

Benefits of Stump Grinding

Many homeowners look for the most significant aspect of these services, which is what type of benefits are involved. Of course, the biggest one is a more beautiful and open yard. However, plenty of other benefits make hiring a team of professionals for stump grinding services the next thing to add to your to-do list. 

Save Yourself Time and Money

Who doesn’t like to save time and money? I know I do. When you hire our team of tree care professionals here at SB Tree Service, we will work with you to create the most affordable services and work promptly to provide you with a beautiful yard. 

Increase Property Value 

As a homeowner, you know just how important it is to add to your home’s value, not take away from it. If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, everything you do to it now can make or break your final offer. From new outdoor paint to stump grinding services. Each aspect of your renovations will reflect your home’s value. 

Think about it like this; what is the first thing new homebuyers see when viewing their forever home? That’s right! The yard. A beautiful, well-manicured yard is a massive part of your property value. Even if you have a beautiful home, amenities, and more, the yard can change each buyer’s property perspective. 

Safety 

Did you know that tree stumps are a breeding ground for insects and animals? If you have young curious children or pets roaming freely in your yard, this could be a recipe for disaster. Especially when poisonous snakes, fire ants, and even hornets can begin to call a dead tree stump home. Not to mention how they can quickly become a tripping hazard for everyone that walks through your yard. Plus, they can create more damage more damage to your yard after becoming dislodged during a storm which we see plenty of here in Florida. 

Peace of Mind with SB Tree Service

SB Tree Service provides tree removal and maintenance work to home and business properties. With our professional workmanship and high-end equipment in hand, we’re ready for jobs of all sizes. And that extends to stump grinding, as well. 

With our expert removal services, you get a clear, safe landscape, ready for new plant life and regrowth. The stumps we deal with are often leftovers from incomplete work previous tree services handled. Either way, it’s our job to remove old stumps altogether, and we’re proud to say we’re ready no matter the project. Looking for more reasons to work with SB Tree Service on your next stump grinding project? Consider the following:

  • Licensed tree care work
  • Complete clean up after each removal
  • A professional team
  • Competitive pricing

What You Can do With Your Yard After Stump Grinding 

Have you ever thought about the free space that you’ll have once that unsightly stump is removed? Well, now is the time to start! Even if you decide to leave that area for your children or pets to play and run free, here are a few other options that can help you better utilize that new space, such as:

  • Adding a flower bed 
  • Adding a shed 
  • Adding a watering fountain 

If you’re thinking about adding stump grinding services to your arsenal of landscape care, we certainly hope that this guide has given you some valuable information. Stump grinding is an excellent way for homeowners to get rid of unwanted stumps and make their yards more beautiful in the process. Contact our team of professionals here at SB Tree Service to schedule a FREE estimate today! If you still aren’t sure if stump grinding services will benefit you and your yard, remember this: if your yard isn’t quite as beautiful as you want it to be, stump grinding can drastically improve it. 

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How to Spot a Stressed Tree

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3 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Tree Service Company

Whether you’re just looking for a tree trimming estimate or want to schedule complete tree removal, you need to find a reliable tree service company for the job. It’s essential to do your research before hiring any company for your next home project, especially to take care of your trees.  Choosing a quality tree service company […]

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3 Common Tree Removal Questions and Answers

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4 Reasons to Trim Your Trees Before Spring

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A Quick Guide to Caring for Mature Trees

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