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

Looking for expert tree removal services from a professional with years of experience in the field? From winter pruning to any other time of the year Leave it to the professionals at SB Tree Service

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.

How to Perfect Your Yard After Stump Grinding

There is nothing more frustrating than having a stump left behind after a tree has been destroyed. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also cause damage to the lawn by becoming a breeding ground for pests and diseases. While stumps are considered to be ugly, your yard doesn’t have to stay that way. 

With the right tools and knowledge, you can make your yard beautiful again. However, you might not know what to do with your yard next after stump grinding. This article will give you ideas on how you can reclaim your yard. 

What is stump grinding? 

Stump grinding is a process in which a large machine is placed over a tree stump. The disks within the machine begin to spin at high speed to grind the tree stump to the ground. The most significant benefit to griding down a stump rather than removal is that it leaves little impact on the ground. This means that you can quickly get rid of that unsightly stump without disturbing the soil underneath. Because of this, your yard will quickly recover from the damage. 

Add New Grass

One of the most common ways to bring back the beauty of your yard is to add new grass over the area. Although it will take time for the grass to cover the newly ground stump, it can make the lawn look new again. Typically, you’ll begin to see new grass growth in 3-28 days, depending on your climate and the type of grass. Another excellent option for those who may be a little more impatient is sod installation. Sod is regrown grass that already has an established root system. Simply lay the sod down on the empty area and care for it as instructed. Soon the root system will begin to grow into the ground and give you the lush green grass you’ve always wanted. 

Plant a Garden

If you want to get creative with the opportunity of more free space on your property, this might be a great time to plant a garden. Not only are gardens beautiful, but they can help to cover up any yard damage from the stump grinding process. There are many benefits to planting a garden on your property, here are just a few such:

  • help the ecosystem 
  • grow your vegetables and fruits 
  • add beauty and appeal to your yard 

One thing we know is true here at SB Tree Service; your yard deserves to be beautiful. With that in mind, our team of professionals can help you bring back the beauty to your yard with our stump grinding services. Contact us today to learn more and see how we can help you remove those unsightly stumps from your yard. 

Lightning Damage on Trees: Assessing the Damage

Lightning is among the most powerful and frequent natural occurrences in nature. It is a sudden spark or flash of electrical discharge that is beautiful but potentially deadly. In the event of a severe storm, tall trees harboring any type of damage resulting from the lightning strike could be susceptible to wind damage and cause harm to those on the ground. The effects of lightning on trees can vary depending on numerous factors. This article will offer an overview concerning how lightning can affect trees. It will also help you identify the underlying issues in those cases where trees have been struck by lightning and how you can assess the damage. 

Why Lightning is Attracted to Trees

When it comes to the mysteries of nature, there are many as diverse and peculiar. One aspect, in particular, is why lightning prefers to strike trees. Why does this electric force travel down the bark and branches of a tree instead of a more direct path to the ground? By taking a closer look at the phenomenon, we can better understand why lightning is attracted to trees. 

Although lightning moves from cloud to cloud, it can also move from cloud to earth. Trees are often damaged in this process because they are great conductors of electricity. This is due to the sap and moisture they create within their trunk and branches. Lightning prefers to take the path of less resistance which often means striking a tree to reach the ground rather than the surrounding air. 

What Happens When Lightning Strikes a Tree?

When lightning runs throughout a tree into the ground, the cells within the tree heat up to a steaming boil. In turn, the steam then causes the tree’s bark to explode, leaving an exposed trunk or branch. In more severe cases, the whole tree can explode due to the high steam created from within. Most of the time, you will notice these markings and damages quickly because of the exposed wood and the impact pattern. 

However, since the lightning travels down, there could be little damage to the physical tree but severe damage to the roots below ground. This makes assessing lightning damage on trees more difficult. Unfortunately, the chances of a tree’s recovery after a lightning strike are slim. It is more likely that the tree’s health will deteriorate over time than bloom again next spring.    

It is not always easy to identify lightning damage on a tree. The best way to do it is to consider several factors, and if the damage is considerable, you should always call a certified arborist. A dying tree is a cause for concern. Not only can they lead to property damage, but they can cause severe harm or injury to you and your family. If you suspect your tree has been hit by lighting during a storm and want to know the next step you should take, contact us at SB Tree Service. We know how to spot the signs of lightning damage on a tree and help keep you and your family safe from the dangerous forces of nature. 

Hurricane Checklist: Get Your Trees Ready for High Winds and Heavy Rain

One of the hardest things about being a homeowner is keeping up with the proper upkeep of your property. Before you know it, there’s a messy tree in need of attention, damage from an overnight storm, or some other issue you haven’t noticed because you’re too busy with work or other obligations. If you are a Florida homeowner hoping to avoid costly damage to your property this hurricane season, take time to review this hurricane checklist to prevent injury and expensive repairs. Let’s take a closer look at how you can prepare your trees for this year’s hurricane season.

Observe Your Yard 

Most of the time, homeowners are so preoccupied with other responsibilities that observing issues around your home might not be a priority until something happens. Although this might work for a while, taking this precautionary step is key to preventing harm and damages to your family and home. What should you be on the lookout for, you may ask? Here is a short list such as:

  • decaying tree trunks or branches 
  • broken branches 
  • leaning trees 
  • uprooted trees 

Through this process, you can help to pinpoint any issues and get them fixed before hurricane season begins. Not only will this help prevent future problems, but you won’t be left with more on your to-do list when issues do arise. 

Know What to Expect During a Hurricane

Suppose you have lived in Florida for a few years; you probably already know what to expect during a hurricane. However, that can change depending on where you reside within the state. Some parts are more prone to heavy winds and rains, which means you need to understand how this will affect your property. Hurricane season begins around June 1stand ends around November 30th, meaning you have a whole 5-6 months of heavy winds and rains to prepare for.  

Because of the devastating effects of these storms, many people prepare for hurricane season by stocking up on medical supplies, food, batteries, and much more. But what about your home? During hurricanes, debris and other material can be lifted through the air and damage your home. Fallen trees are a top cause for concern. You can protect your family and home by removing any decaying, damaged, or unsteady trees before the season begins. 

Routine Maintenance 

The number one step you can take to prevent property damage during a hurricane from fallen trees is simple. Maintain your tree growth. By scheduling routine visits from your local tree service company such as SB Tree, you’ll be able to control overgrowth, prevent decaying trees and ensure that all the trees on your property are healthy. A healthy tree is less likely to be affected by heavy winds and rains, especially in a hurricane. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your property, contact us at SB Tree Service to discuss the best course of action for getting your trees ready before hurricane season. We hope this simple hurricane checklist has helped you prepare for the season ahead of us. 

How to Care for Fruit Trees: Florida Oranges

Did you know that Florida is the nation’s leading producer of oranges? The ideal warm climate makes it perfect for growing orange trees year-round. Whether you live near central Florida or in the panhandle, your citrus trees can grow to be fruitful and healthy if you know how to fertilize them and care for fruit trees properly. Plus, having an orange tree right in your backyard is a conversation starter not to mention all the free fresh orange juice. If you are interested in planting a tree in your yard, here are a few things you’ll need to consider when caring for your orange tree. 

The Perfect Spot 

So, you’ve just received your beautiful Florida Orange Tree, but now what do you do? Certainly, there are some steps that you’ll want to follow to ensure that you’ll have many years of enjoyment from your newly planted tree. The first and most crucial step is picking the perfect spot. Why is this so important, you ask? Well, you want to ensure that your tree receives the right amount of sunlight throughout the year. 

Some properties in Florida are riddled with tall trees that prevent the sun from reaching all areas of your yard throughout the day. Orange trees need about 5-6 hours of direct sunlight a day to thrive. With this in mind, you should find a spot that does not get consumed with shade during sunny days and will allow your tree to receive the right amount of light. 

Growing Conditions 

Creating the perfect environment for your growing orange tree is not as difficult as it may seem. You may be wondering what type of soil will be best? Well, Orange trees love sandy soil. This allows for water to drain through quickly and the roots to breathe. Orange trees are considered stronger growers, which means that you will most likely have to fertilize your tree 3 times a year with a high nitrogen formula. This will help the tree grow strong and create vibrant and tasty fruit. 

What About Water?

Florida receives around 54 inches of rainfall each year, sometimes more in the warmer months. Typically, orange trees do great with 45-60 inches of rainfall a year. Instead of daily watering, always take into account the rain received throughout the day or week. It is always best to underwater rather than overwater your tree. Overwatering can cause root rot which can begin to affect the tree and not show signs until it may be too late to fix. 

Pests and Disease

Pest and disease can wreak havoc on your beautiful orange trees, and before you know it, you could have a full-blown infestation on your hands. Some of the most common pests that can become a problem are mealy bugs, scale, aphids, mites, and whiteflies. These tiny creatures can destroy the beautiful fruit if they are not kept under control. If you ever spot an issue, it’s best to spray a safe insecticide around and on your tree, making sure to get under the leaves and between branches. Getting rid of these pests before it’s too late is essential when you care for fruit trees.

Harvest Your Fruit

Now comes the juicy part! When do you know what the best time is to harvest the fruit of your labor? If you are growing an orange tree from a seedling, then patience is critical. Unfortunately, it will take about 5-6 years for the tree to produce its first fruits. However, if you already have a fully grown tree in your backyard, you can expect to see some blossoming flowers around the end of winter. 

It’s essential to understand the type of orange tree you have, which will help you determine when the fruit is ready to be picked. Some trees ripen in September after fruit set, and some mature in January. This will also depend on the growing conditions throughout the year. 

Learning to care for fruit trees is not as difficult as it may seem. With the right growing conditions and care, you’ll be able to have fresh squeezed orange juice right from your backyard; if you’re interested in growing an orange tree or want to know the best way to care for it, contact us at SB Tree Service. Our ISA-certified arborist will help you keep your trees healthy year-round. 

The Effects of Sunlight on Tree Health

As a homeowner, there’s one thing you should never forget; a tree’s health relies heavily on sunlight. Before you even begin to plant a tree, it’s best to make sure that you know what part of the house will get the most sunlight—of course, depending on where you live and how much sun each area of your yard receives throughout the day. 

Whether it’s a front yard or backyard tree, there are some things you need to keep in mind about sunlight and tree health to prevent you from causing damage to your new investment and ensuring it stays healthy year-round. 

What Too Much Sunlight Does to a Tree

We’ve all heard of the impact of too little sunlight on a tree which can cause some trees and plants to become weak and wilt, yet too much may negatively affect them as well. Too much direct sunlight can cause premature aging of the tree tissues, resulting in early cracking and breaking branches. Although sunlight is an essential part of a healthy tree’s “diet,” too much of a good thing can be detrimental. 

In Florida, temperatures during the summer in direct sunlight can get extremely uncomfortable and can cause damage to plants, cars, and even your skin. The intensity of direct sunlight, especially for long periods, can deplete the tree’s water preserve living little water for the plant to conduct photosynthesis to survive. 

Signs of Too Much Sunlight on a Tree

Luckily there are signs that you can look out for before the damage gets out of hand. If you look at the leaves of a tree in direct sunlight for long periods of the day, you may notice brown marks on the edges or tips of the leaves. This can occur from burning due to intensive light and water loss. Green leaves may develop a yellow hue as the plant suffers from a lack of calcium or nitrogen. 

Wilting is also a big sign that your plant may be receiving too much light. However, it could also be a lack of water. One way to rule out one other is to monitor the tree throughout the day to see how much direct light it receives. If it gets little direct sunlight, you might just have a watering issue. 

Tips for Reducing Too Much Sunlight on Your Tree

The biggest tip to reducing sunlight exposure is to make a conscious decision on where you will be planting your new tree before choosing a spot in your yard. This will save you from the headache of over-exposure before it happens. However, if you are dealing with an older tree that is already rooted in the ground, here are a few tips. 

Prune out dead, diseased, or damaged wood. Conserve moisture. Apply a balanced fertilizer for acid-loving plants to correct any nutrient deficiencies. If the tree is too close to the house, it should be moved at least three feet away from the home where possible, but if this is not possible, then install a three-foot-wide band of crushed limestone 6 inches deep around the trunk as mulch and place shade cloths over this area in the late afternoon when temperatures are hot generally but not directly over the trunk

Sunlight and tree health go hand in hand, and with the right amount of light, a tree can thrive. If you are looking to plant new trees or determine if your trees are getting too much sunlight, talk to the tree care professionals at SB Tree Services

The Real Benefits of Mulch

For a material to be considered mulch, it just has to do one basic thing: cover and protect the soil your plants are growing in. Depending on where you go, you may actually find many different varieties of mulch, and you’ll be able to choose yours based on personal preferences.

But did you know there are actually numerous benefits to mulching, above and beyond aesthetics and basic soil protection? From cleanliness to week control and everything in between, the advantages of a good mulch cannot be overstated.

Not convinced? Here are three of our favorite lesser-known benefits of mulch for the ongoing health and maintenance of your yard.

Temperature Control

Even in Florida, the winter temperatures can sometimes dip as low as 41 °F, which can cause troubles with our heat-loving plants and trees. Depending on where you live, you might experience sudden cold snaps where the temperature plummets quickly enough to literally kill off your plants.

Proper usage of mulch can help to mitigate this problem by helping your soil maintain a more consistent temperature. With bare soil, your plant’s roots will heat up quickly during the day before losing a large amount of heat at night. Mulch helps to keep that temperature level nice and stable the whole season through.

Regulating Moisture

Florida is a very moist state, with daily rainfalls making for lush breeding grounds for all of our favorite plants and trees. That isn’t to say they can’t use all of the help they can get, however. Florida breeds can be somewhat thirsty, and your best shot at keeping them looking their best throughout the year is to help with a little mulch.

Reduce any moisture loss from evaporation, enrich the nutrients in your soil, and encourage growth with extensive mulching. Especially if you live in any of the more built-up urban environments in Florida, this can go a long way toward mitigating poor soil quality.

Increasing Plant Fertility

For many backyard tree owners, organic mulch is the way forward, as it slowly decomposes, adding nutrients to the soil in an organic fashion. Something like a wood bark, sawdust, or wood chip option falls into this category and can work wonders. In these cases, the mulch’s carbon-to-nitrogen ratio is used to gauge the best mulch for use in your area. This is a tough ratio to figure out on your own, so it’s recommended you touch base with local landscaping or tree companies to find out more.

As a final word: plastic mulches tend to last longer but will not add any nutrients to the soil as they work.

The Real Benefits of Mulch: Final Thoughts

When you add mulch to your garden, you’re making an investment in the efficient and sustained development of your trees. Whether in summer or winter, you can choose from many varieties and find the type or style that best suits your needs. And, once you find the right one for your needs, the benefits of mulch will be easy to see at work in your yard.

At SB Tree Service, we offer professional mulching services as part of our extensive portfolio. While removing your tree, we use high-powered machinery to turn the wood and bark we harvest into useable wood mulch. Visit us, today, to find out more.

Professional Tree Removal: When To Remove

As a tree owner, you’d expect it to be obvious. You wake up one morning, look out your window at your tree, and think to yourself: “Yup. It’s time for that one to go.” Maybe it’s leaning heavily after some storm damage. Maybe it’s looking defeated after years of insect infestations.

You’d expect it to be obvious that your tree is dead or just beyond saving, and needs to be cut down for safety. Maybe your branches start to wilt, leaves turn brown or black – anything to show you it’s time to consider removal. But it’s not always that obvious. Some trees are fighters and can be brought back from the edge with some love and care. Others might look find but are partially damaged in a way that makes them a hidden hazard waiting for an opportunity to pounce at a later date.

Whatever the case may be, it’s important to know how to identify a tree in need of removal. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into making this crucial decision and why professional tree removal is so important.

Distance Between Your Tree and Your Living Space

The first thing you’ll want to factor into your decision to remove your tree is its potential to hurt you or your family. Does the tree loom over your living room window? Could it fall onto your parked car, or tumble over a boundary wall and hit a pedestrian. These are the things that make a tree truly a hazard and it’s best to be honest with yourself about how they apply to you.

Remember: trees can cause real damage if left to fall or drop branches in unexpected ways. If your tree poses even a slight danger to people, it’s worth considering removing it!

Weighing Up Treatment Costs With The Cost Of Removing Your Tree

Obviously, every tree is different, which makes any amount of work a variable sort of thing. This makes the costs of replacement or repair somewhat difficult to assess, even with the same company.

For the most part, it will depend on what you, the tree owner, have in mind. Replacing a tree with a sapling might not seem expensive, but a large sapling with some growth on it could run anywhere up to $ 1000 to purchase. A tree disease might also be easier to treat than you’d expect, simply substituting water and nutrients in the right combination for best results.

That said, many diseases will demand expensive treatments and could take years of treatment to finally recover from. To get the full picture, it’s crucial to bring in a professional for a consultation. This will help you pick a path that is most effective, mitigating the cost of treatment or removal so you end up making an informed decision.

Set Realistic Expectations

Trees are living things, and part of the reason we love them so much is that they last for so long. But these are still organic things and, with enough time, they will reach their limit and stop recovering.

If you know the cause and can find out how extensive the canopy, branch or trunk damage is, your tree professional can estimate the likelihood of recovery. Going past that is a gamble, which may pay off. But it may also be time to admit that trees die, and it’s time to have yours removed for its own good as well as yours.

Don’t Listen To Amateurs

There’s a reason professional arborists are in such demand in states like Florida. It’s because they know what they’re talking about. Sure, with the Internet, your friends, relatives, or neighbors could give you their opinion on your tree. But they could also do the same thing with your car, or your sick pet, and you’d probably still look for a professional opinion. The same should apply to your trees.

There are thousands of tree species across the United States. Within those species are dozens of subgroups and hybrids, each, with more being discovered all the time. Our point is, even the most well-meaning of people could just be wrong when giving their opinions, and you have to be ready to make your own decisions. A professional can help you make that more reliably, certainly, than your friend or neighbor could.

Professional Tree Removal

Speaking of professionals: if you have questions about a tree on your property only a professional tree removal service can answer, SB Tree Service is here for you. Visit us today, or get in touch at (386) 320-3056 to find out about our tree removal services.

Tree Risk Assessment: A Closer Look

At SB Tree Service, our team of tree experts makes it a point to carry out all of our operations safely and to a high degree of quality. Because it doesn’t matter if you get the job done quickly if you put the client, their family, or their property at risk.

We assess any and all risk levels, to gauge whether a tree poses a potential risk. Because trees are organic things that grow in completely unique ways, it’s hard to predict the way one might fall or come apart once it’s cut down. Understanding these risks is a big part of mitigating any potential damages. This has to be a top priority in order for us to do our job properly, so let’s take a closer look at the process and how it can benefit you.

For Starters

When a registered professional carries out a complete risk assessment on your tree, they’ll start with a visual assessment. They’ll scan the area, either on foot or from a vehicle, making notes on the tree in question as well as the vegetation around it.

Next, we’ll get up close with the tree and look for any visible defects that could contribute to a risky fall. We’ll probe the tree for any weak points, cavities or issues, and derive an assessment from there.

Risky Trees

When a tree is confirmed as posing an extreme risk, we conduct an assessment of the roots, stem, and crown to glean more information. This is a comprehensive appraisal of the tree and can be carried out by climbing the upper branches or digging into the roots.

Our professional will look out for any combination of factors that might indicate a potential future failure. Cracking, splitting or heaving around the base of the tree. Fungi signifying rot, or rotten roots. A buried collar, and heavily compacted soil. These are all tell-tale signs, and just around the base of the tree itself.

Moving up to the trunk, we’ll look out for peeling bark and cracks in the surface, any significant leaning, and damage from insects (exit holes, typically). We’ll also be on the lookout for co-dominant trunks, which can double the risk during trimming or removal.

Lastly, around the crown of the tree, SB Tree Service will look for dead, decaying, or hanging branches, or dead or dying tips.

In Conclusion

Whether you own a commercial or private piece of property, an unwanted tree can be a hassle to deal with on your own. This is why professional tree services are so important: because we deal with all aspects of the removal process, including safety.

Do you need tree removal or trimming work on your property? SB Tree Service’s tree risk assessment work is an important first step. Get in touch with us today to find out more, and schedule an appointment.

Tree Trimming Dangers: Why You Need A Professional Touch

Three’s a tendency with tree-owners to underestimate their own trees. These are massive, rock-solid pieces of vegetation that loom over ten-foot-tall and are literally rooted into the ground. But something about learning about them as children means that we don’t think they’re “that big of a deal”. 

When it comes to sawing, trimming, or pulling a tree down, there are many who think, “I could do that. No problem.” Which is, we don’t need to tell you, usually a pretty bad idea. 

Of course, the whole process sounds simple. Need to saw off a few branches? Bring in the saw and get to work. Need to saw down the whole tree? If you’ve got a chainsaw and a truck, you’ve got no problems. 

But it’s actually much more complicated than many of us expect. There are the technical aspects. The knowing how and where to saw so you don’t damage the tree or your home, car, or garden. And, more importantly, there’s the small matter of keeping yourself and your family safe. An unsecured tree can injure or even kill an unsuspecting homeowner or visitor. A single falling limb can do massive damage with very little warning. 

Let’s take a closer look at some common tree trimming dangers and why doing your own trimming work isn’t recommended. 

Common Causes of Accidents

Ladder accidents: Easily the number one cause of injuries during yard work is improper use of an extension ladder. While you might not expect it, if you find yourself needing a ladder for your tree work, it might be better to think up a new approach that doesn’t need it.

There are a few reasons for this. Many ladders technically aren’t long enough, for starters. Your ladder should extend at least three feet beyond the branch. Anything less, and the branch could snap back and physically move the ladder once you’ve cut off the end. There are numerous other examples of this, so always make sure to prop your ladder against something stable, even if the unstable options are closer to where you’ll be working.

The wrong tools: Not all of us are tree experts, so we’ll often find ourselves without the right tools for the job. Maybe we’ve got a chainsaw that isn’t technically big enough to go through a large trunk, but we read online that we could force it through at the right angle. Whatever the case may be, faulty or inappropriate tree care equipment can break, malfunction, and do a poor job, causing painful and dangerous accidents. 

Never underestimate how easy it is to lose control of subpar tools. It could mean the difference between a great-looking lawn and a trip to the hospital.

Lack of training: Once again, it can be easy to assume that a basic understanding of physics is enough to do a good job at trimming or removing a tree.

Without the proper care, however, an ax or chainsaw can free parts of the tree from their moorings in ways you’d never expect. Bark can hold harder than you thought it would and swing a falling branch right through your window. Removing branches in large sections, meanwhile, can cause the branch section to fall in strange ways, damaging the tree and harming anyone unlucky enough to be standing too close.

Tree Trimming Dangers: In Closing

A professional tree trimming or removal job is no small feat. It takes professional workmanship and a certain amount of training if you’re going to do it predictably. Maybe you have all the know-how you need.

But, if you are even slightly unsure of what might happen during the project, you owe it to yourself contact SB Tree Service to find out more about our tree trimming and removal work. Safety is at the heart of everything we do, and our workmanship and attention to tree trimming dangers are second to none. Give us a call at 386-320-3056 or visit us online, today, to find out more!

A Tree Hit My Home! Now What?

A tree falling on your home can be a terrifying experience. It can also put your life and the lives of your family in great danger. Knowing the steps to take if this happens to you will help you be prepared for if that time does come. Storms with high wind speeds and large amounts of rain can create an unstable environment for any tree causing it to fall; a few other reasons might include:

  • disease
  • infestation
  • poor soil
  • old age 
  • construction damage 
  • root damage 

You never really know what will cause a tree to fall at any given moment, but it’s always important to know what to do. If you find yourself saying, “A tree hit my home! Now what?” Then read on to know the steps you should be taking in this situation. 

Call Emergency Services and Your Electrical Company

The first thing you should always do is remove yourself, your family, and pets from the house. A fallen tree can cause a lot of damage to the structure of a home that you might not be aware of. By removing yourself and others from the house, you ensure everyone’s safety and the integrity of your home. 

Once you are removed, the next step is to contact emergency services and your electrical company, especially if you notice downed powerlines. Authorities will block the necessary roads and paths to prevent electrical shock or injuries and put out fires if there are any. Your electrical company will send out technicians to control the situation and begin repairs on electrical wires. 

Assessing the Damage and Documentation

You should not begin to assess your home’s damage until the area is safe to do so. Once the scene is declared safe by authorities and the electrical company, you can assess the damage. If it is safe to be back in the home, make sure to take precautions in the area where the tree fell. 

If there is an exposed roof, windows, or walls, contact a reputable contractor to help board up the damage for the time being. You don’t want to leave openings in your home. This can cause further potential damage from the environment and leaves an open door for critters to come into your home. 

Documentation is critical for providing evidence you will be giving to your insurance company. You can do this by taking many quality pictures and videos of the damage. If you cannot take these pictures yourself, you can hire a professional to help you and get the best angles. 

File a Claim with Your Insurance 

Once you have all of your documentation and evidence, it is time to make a claim to your insurance. Once the claims process gets on its way, you might need to receive estimates from a few different contractors on the cost of fixing the damages. Typically, a claims adjuster will also come to your home to assess the damage and repair costs. 

It’s important to note that your homeowner’s insurance may be different than your neighbors. It is all based on the individual policy you have and the company. The policy will include the deductible you must pay out of pocket before the insurance company pays the rest. If you do not know what you are covered, it might be a good time to read through your policy agreement to double-check. 

How to Prevent Another Disaster

After everything is said and done, it’s now time to understand how you can prevent this from happening again. It’s important to note that sometimes these situations happen even with preventative measures taken. However, it doesn’t hurt to be extra cautious.  

The best way to do this is to hire a team of professionals to assess the trees surrounding your property. By doing this, you can better understand which trees might be a high risk for falling and damaging your property and which may not be. After this assessment, you can have the necessary trees pruned and or removed from your property.  

A Tree Hit My Home: Conclusion

If you experience a situation such as this, always take immediate action. A fallen tree in your home can be life-threatening in many different ways. The top priority to think about at this time is evacuating your home, contacting authorities and your electrical company. After this, you can then evaluate the damage and contact your insurance company to file a claim. If you suspect trees near your property of being a safety risk, contact us today at SB Tree Service. Our experienced team will help you assess the trees in your area to ensure that you have less of a chance to say the words “a tree hit my home!”

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