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.

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!”

What Does A Dangerous Tree Look Like?

Neglecting a tree that can damage homes and vehicles and cause deadly injury to nearby people is a potential hazard. Homeowner’s insurance and other policies can save you from paying large amounts of money out of pocket to fix the damages caused by a fallen tree. However, you might not always be lucky enough to have the right coverage. This is why it is crucial to know the signs of a dangerous tree to get it taken care of before it falls. 

You don’t have to be a professional Arborist to understand what a dangerous tree looks like. Join us today as we take a closer look at the different signs of a dangerous tree which will help you be able to spot a potential disaster before it happens. 

Sign #1: Damaged or Dead Limbs and Branches

A fallen tree limb can cause just as much damage as a fallen tree. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to spot a dead limb before it’s too late. Most of the time, decay begins on the inside of the limb, making it hard to differentiate a dead limb from a perfectly healthy one, especially those that are harder to see. 

Sign #2: Leaning Tree

An obvious sign of a dangerous tree is one that is leaning. It’s important to note that not all leaning trees are a cause for concern. There are two different reasons that a tree may lean. One of them being the tree is depending naturally to get more sunlight. Trees blocked by larger trees and or other structures might lean to allow the sunlight to reach their leaves. Even after the obstruction is removed, the tree may still lean. 

Another reason is that high winds have slightly uprooted the tree’s root system, causing it to lean due to lack of root support. This could be concerning, and we need you to remove the tree before it causes any property damage. Before a professional arborist determines if a leaning tree needs to be removed or not, there are a few things they must consider, which include: 

  • location on the property 
  • distance from your property such as house or cars 
  • distance from people 

Sign #3: Root Damage

The root system of a tree is vital for its survival throughout the years. Damaged roots mean a damaged tree and can create many problems for the health of the tree. By the time you can see the tree changes regarding root damage, it may be too late to treat the issue. A few signs to look out for include:

  • little to no growth during growing seasons
  • dead limbs 
  • discolored and loss of foliage 

Sign #4: Odd Structure

Not all trees naturally grow the way they should. Due to nature and other environmental factors, a tree’s growth can be detrimental to its health, especially the structure. Trees with an overburden canopy because of large lower branches and limbs hurt a tree’s overall structure. High winds can easily break a tree that cannot support its weight. 

Sign #5: Trees That are Close to Your Home

If you live in a heavily wooded area, you are bound to have a few trees close to your home or other property. Fortunately, not all trees are a danger to you, even if they are close to your home. By having a professional evaluate the trees surrounding your home or property, you’ll be able to determine which ones pose a threat and which don’t. There is no point in removing a healthy tree if it is not a danger to you. 

Dangerous Tree: Conclusion 

If you are concerned with any potentially dangerous trees on your property, do not hesitate to contact a professional. Here at SB Tree Service, our experienced arborist will help you determine if your tree poses a threat to your property or not. If we decide that the tree is a risk, we offer tree removal services, stump removal, and stump grinding to rid you of any future problems. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.  

Five Reasons To Hire A Professional Tree Trimming Service

Properly maintained trees can add significant value to any property. Not only does a well-kept landscape look good, but it also creates a safe environment for you and your family. Some do it yourself enthusiast might believe that trimming a tree is easy, but it is quite the opposite. 

There is a lot that goes into professional tree trimming. By doing the job yourself, you can harm yourself or others and create permanent damage to an otherwise healthy tree. Today, we will discuss 5 reasons you should hire a professional tree trimming service for your next job. 

Reason #1: Safety 

Without a doubt, safety is the top reason to hire professionals to trim your trees. There are a lot of tools and dangerous situations you can find yourself in when cutting trees. If you are not prepared for these accidents or understand what you are doing, it could lead to injury or death in worse case scenarios. 

Professionals are trained to operate tools, machinery, and equipment to give you the best results while staying safe on the job. There are also regulations in place set by the United States Department of Labor known as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These administrations make sure that professionals adhere to safety protocols and regulations while on the job.  

Reason #2: Insurance 

In the case of an accident, your insurance company might not cover the damages you have done to your home, car, or other property. For this reason, it’s essential to hire professionals because they are insured. 

The insurance used by tree trimming professionals will protect you, your home, car, and much more in the case of an accident. This can give you a lot of relief in knowing that it wouldn’t be another out of pocket cost for you if anything were to happen.  

Reason #3: Knowledge 

Professional trimmers are versed in tree care. Their expertise in the field and knowledge will help your trees stay healthy year-round. There is a lot of work and planning that goes into trimming your trees. It’s not enough to cut off a few branches here and there.  

Cutting the wrong branches or in the wrong spot can create irreversible damage and harm the growing process. Different trees may also need to be pruned differently than the one next to it. Professionals understand these differences and work to give you the best results no matter the type of tree. Without this proper knowledge and understanding you could be going into trimming blind and cause more damage than you may think. 

Reason #4: Treating Diseases or Pests 

Disease and pests can wreak havoc on your trees. Without proper treatment, the situation could get worse and can spread, affecting nearby trees. Not all diseases and pests are the same, and some are particular to specific trees. 

Before you start treating the problem yourself, it’s best to have a professional evaluate the problem to plan out the right course of action. Treating the wrong disease or pests can potentially harm the health of the tree.  

Reason #4: Maintenance 

Like the grass on your lawn, your trees need to be appropriately maintained throughout the years and even months. This not only ensures their health, but it will help them to grow properly. Professionals understand that maintenance is a part of healthy tree care. 

They can help you determine the best times to cut back your trees as well as the dos and don’ts of tree care. By hiring professional tree trimming services, you can ensure that your trees stay maintained all year round.  

Whether you have few trees on your property or many, it’s always best to seek help by hiring professional tree trimming services. By doing this, you ensure the safety of yourself and others and the health of your trees. Here at SB Tree Service, our team of professional arborists is here to help you care for and maintain your trees. Let us assist you in all your tree care needs; contact us today to learn more about our services such as tree removal, brush clearing, and much mo

“Tree Diseases: The Three Biggest Culprits In Florida Trees”

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services defines tree disease as “…sustained and progressive impairment of the structure or function of any part of a living tree.” Many different hosts and environmental changes can bring on the disease. It can also bring with it its own set of problems and symptoms for the infected tree. 

A diseased tree can quickly become a biological hazard. If not contained, the disease can spread to nearby trees infected them as well. Large amounts of dead or dying trees can create problems such as:

  • safety concerns 
  • affect the environment 
  • affect the ecosystem in a forest 

Different types of bacteria and fungus can affect all aspects of the tree, including everything from the foliage, root system, and even stems. If you have trees on your property, it’s essential to know the different types of diseases that could affect them and how certain fungi or bacteria can infect particular trees. Ultimately it can save you from having to deal with more significant problems in the future if left untreated. Read on to learn 3 different tree diseases and how to spot them.  

Environment  

The environment plays a massive role in the onset of tree diseases. Many different factors can influence the effect of the disease on a tree, which can include: 

  • temperature 
  • moisture in the air 
  • soil conditions 
  • amount of rain 

Frequent fluctuations in the weather can cause a tree to become more susceptible to disease. For example, large storms that bring excess rain and changing temperatures can create an excellent environment for fungi and other bacteria to grow on or within a tree. Once the water has subsided, the fungi and bacteria can continue to grow, leading to worsening problems. 

By understanding how much the environment can affect your trees’ health, you’ll be able to spot the signs of disease before it’s too late. If you have recently experienced a storm, it’s always best to check trees you may be concerned about. By doing this, you can observe any potential fungus or bacteria growth on the tree sooner than later. 

Culprit #1: Lethal Bronzing Disease 

Florida is known for its beautiful and iconic palm trees. However, in 2006 palm trees across the Hillsborough and Tampa area were beginning to lose their vibrant green color, turning a dull brown and completely dried out. Ultimately it was discovered that a small bacterium known as phytoplasma was the cause behind this devastation. Because of this bacteria’s genetic makeup, it could only be spread to and affect other palm trees. 

The phytoplasma bacteria lives in the sap of an infected tree. When sap-loving insects feed off of the infected tree, they become a carrier for the bacteria. They then go on to another tree looking for their next meal and spread the bacteria to a healthy tree. 

Since Lethal Bronzing disease is easily spread, it significantly impacted many palm trees in the many years to come. Once a tree is infected and tests positive for the bacteria, it must be immediately removed to prevent further spread. A few symptoms of this disease include:

  • premature fruit drop
  • discoloration of the oldest leaves closest to the ground 
  • the collapse of the spear leaf 

These symptoms can occur at different rates within different trees. However, once these visible signs are spotted it will be too late to save the tree with any form of treatment. To stop the spread, the tree must be removed from the area. This problem continued for many years after it was discovered and has been affected palm trees in the Florida state up until 2019. 

Culprit #2: Fusiform Rust

This disease affects Florida pine trees, loblolly pines, and slash pines. However, it can also affect oak trees. It is caused by a fungus known as Cronartiium quercuum f. sp. Fusiforme. Typically, this fungus affects saplings, which are young trees. It can weaken the tree’s wood, creating deformities, ultimately leading to the entire tree’s death.  

If an older tree acquires this disease, it can be treated by pruning the weak or deformed branches. However, it’s essential to understand that this fungus weakens the whole tree; therefore, if it has many limbs creating a hazardous environment, it will be best to remove the entire tree. A few symptoms and signs of this tree disease include: 

  • rust galls or cankers on the branches or main stem of the tree
  • deformed or broken limbs 
  • rust-colored spores can be found on the tree trunk or branches 

Luckily trees are very resilient and can form genetic resistance to the fungus’ such as fusiform rust. This means that the new seedlings that are produced in high-risk areas will be able to fight off this disease more efficiently than trees without this new genetic makeup. 

Culprit #3: Ganoderma

Among specific Florida, tree diseases are Ganoderma, which is another type of fungus. Typically, these fungi’ grow at the base of a tree’s trunk around the 4-5 foot area from the base. The fungus only grows on palms and is more common in the southern part of the state. 

Once the fungus begins to grow, it will start to rot the area. Since it grows on the lower part of the tree, it can create rot within the trunk. It can cause the tree to become unstable and fall. The most common way to determine if your tree is suffering from Ganoderma is the presence of a “conk” like mushroom growth on the tree’s base. 

Another symptom of this fungus is if the tree has slower growth or have off-colored fronds. During the growing process, the mushroom’s spores can be picked up by the air and water and spread to other trees in the area. Since it can be spread so quickly, it can lead to larger devastations and problems. 

There are no treatments for this fungus, and any infected trees need to be removed from the area before it spreads. If the tree is removed, it’s important not to plant another tree in the area. The soil from the previous tree could be infected and lead to another infection on your new tree. If you do not take the extra precautions to clear the infected soil you could end up repeating the cycle over and over again.  

Tree Diseases: Conclusion 

If you suspect that you have diseased trees near or on your property, you should get them assessed right away. It’s essential never to let the problem go untreated. You could be putting the health of the surrounding trees in jeopardy. It can also create a hazardous environment for those residing near the infected tree.  

Now that you understand the 3 most significant culprits in Florida that can lead to tree diseases, you’ll be ready to spot the signs if needed. At SB Tree Service, our professional can help you to determine if your tree is suffering from disease or not. It’s essential to get the right advice before removing a tree that could be healthy or suffering from other diseases that can be easily treated. 

We also offer tree removal services to remove an infected tree from the property to protect you and the surrounding trees. Visit us online today to learn more about the many other services we offer to our customers in Brevard and Volusia county.

Four Tree Service Questions To Ask Before Hiring A New Team

When looking for tree care services, you want to find professionals who have plenty of experience and can get the job done right. To feel more confident in their abilities, think about asking your new team some questions to help understand their expertise and experience. 

Tree care can be a costly and dangerous job; you want to pick the right company from the start. Read on to learn 4 of the top tree service questions to ask when hiring a new team for your next job.  

Question #1: Will They Give You a Detailed Written Estimate on Cost?

A tree care removal cost can be expensive, especially if there are further complications during the process. To save you money, stress, and time always ask for a detailed estimate of the project. 

By doing this, you’ll be able to see how much it will cost and determine if it is in your price range or not. It can also make you feel uneasy, not knowing exactly how much it will end up costing you. This will also keep you from receiving any hidden fees on your final bill.

Question #2: Will the Crew Be Wearing Safety Harnesses While Working on Your Property?

OSHA, also known as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has strict regulations that workers in the tree care business must abide by. Workers need to have proper safety gear at all times to reduce the risk of injury and, in worse cases, death. If you observe that the new company does not use safety equipment, it could raise a big concern, and you could end up with more problems than you bargained for. 

Question #3: Does the Company Have Many References?

Reviews are a great way to understand what a company is about. It also shows the way that they take care of their customers. Previous customers leave reviews whether they are good or bad; if you notice that a company has very little to no reviews, that could be a red flag, especially if they have thoughts that are very low in quality. However, a company that has many good reviews shows excellent customer satisfaction. 

Question #4: What Type of Equipment Will Be Used During the Job?

don’tIf you live in a small neighborhood, it’s essential to understand the equipment used on the job. You don’t want to disrupt your neighbor’s day just to get some yard work done. Another benefit to asking this question is protecting your lawn or flower beds from heavy machinery. You dont want to end up with a bigger mess than you started with.

Tree Service Questions: Conclusion

By asking these top 4 tree service questions, you’ll ensure that your property and tree care investments stay protected. Are you interested in hiring a new tree care service company in the Volusia or Brevard county area? Contact us today at SB Tree Service and inquire about all the different services we offer to our customers.

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