Are Your Trees Getting Too Much Rain?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tree Growth

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

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

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

So, How Much Rain Is Too Much?

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

What To Do During High Rainfall Periods?

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

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

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

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

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

How To Deal With Lightning Damage To Your Tree

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

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

Signs Of Tree Damage Resulting From Lightning

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

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

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

Will A Lightning Strike Kill Your Tree?

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

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

  • health
  • species
  • age 
  • location

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

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

What Steps Can You Take? 

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

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

On Winter Pruning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why We Prune

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

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

Winter Pruning

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Tree Care: Three Simple Tips

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

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

Simple Tips For Tree Trimming

  1. Trim Trees While Young.

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

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

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

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

When To Call Your Local Tree Experts

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

Tree Trimming Or Pruning?

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

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

What Is Tree Trimming?

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

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

What Is Tree Pruning?

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

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

When To Prune And Trim The Trees

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

Why SB Tree Services 

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

Tree Removal Safety Precautions

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

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

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

Removal Of A Tree

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

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

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

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

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

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

When You Should Call Professionals

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

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

Tree Trimming: The Value

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

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

Why Trim Trees

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

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

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

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

Let The Experts Take Care Of Your Trees

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

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

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

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

What is Stump Grinding?

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

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

Benefits of Stump Grinding

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

Save Yourself Time and Money

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

Increase Property Value 

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

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

Safety 

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

Peace of Mind with SB Tree Service

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

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

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

What You Can do With Your Yard After Stump Grinding 

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

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

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

Tree Care Tips to Help Your Trees Survive Florida Winter

In Florida, with a mild, winter climate you may think that there isn’t much to do for your trees in winter. This is a common misconception that can cause significant damage to your tropical climate-loving trees. Trees in Florida become very delicate after the first frost and require special care to survive our winters. 

The winter season in Florida can be cruel to trees. The record low temperatures are enough to damage even the healthiest ones. Even when temperatures are not freezing, the lack of rain and moisture can still wreak havoc on their health. Damage can occur when winter tree care precautions are not taken. The following tree care tips will help your trees survive Florida winter and look great all year long.

Implement a New Watering Schedule

Water is an essential element to a healthy and thriving tree. Without proper watering, even in winter, your tree can suffer greatly. With little rain and dry air, your tree’s roots will begin to crave the water that they need to survive. One crucial factor when it comes to watering is understanding how the new weather will affect your watering schedule. 

Often you will need to adapt to the change in climate and create a new watering schedule that will give your trees the right amount of water. Just like in other months, over and under watering can be detrimental to their health. The most significant winter watering precaution to take is to give your trees enough time to soak up the water before the temperatures drop drastically at night; Helping to prevent damage to the roots. 

Provide Cold and Frost Protection

Although we do not experience the severe freezing that other parts of the United States experience during the winter months, this doesn’t mean that our temperatures don’t drop significantly. At night we can see the average temperature drops to a low of 49 °F here in central Florida, sometimes getting down to 32 °F allowing frost to form. 

Frost protection is a great way to prevent damage to your trees. It helps to keep heat and moisture in and the harsh dry, cold air out. Another option is adding mulch around the base of the tree. This works to insulate the roots and prevent heat from escaping the ground. The root system is an essential part of a healthy tree. Damage to this area could cause an irreversible health decline. 

Check Drainage 

Proper drainage is essential during any season, especially in winter. If you notice poor drainage, it could create more issues during the winter months. Stagnant water is also a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and bugs, which can wreak havoc on your trees. 

Assess Any Damage 

Although the best time to prune your trees is in late winter, it’s essential to address any issues that might affect your trees’ health. Dead limbs, overhanging branches, and other problems are just going to create more stress on the tree if left untreated during the winter months. Our professional ISA-certified arborist here at SB Tree Service can help you spot these issues and create the best course of action to get your trees healthy before winter. 

Help Your Trees Survive Florida Winter: Conclusion 

The best time to evaluate the health of your trees and make necessary pruning decisions is before the cold weather season. However, if you do need to make repairs during the winter months (which is usually not recommended), proper preparation is essential. Due to potential additional stress placed on trees that have been recently pruned or exposed to cold weather, a follow-up inspection after a few days is strongly suggested. Proper post pruning care and protection from cold weather go a long way towards minimizing additional stress on a tree; if you need help creating an effective winter tree care plan, contact us at SB Tree Service today

3 Facts About Tree Trimming

Trees can be an excellent addition to any property, but they can also require a lot of maintenance. If you want to be entirely confident that your trees will remain healthy and beautiful, you will have to get them regularly trimmed. You could do the job yourself or hire a professional arborist. 

Realistically though, most people find it easier to let a tree trimming service take care of the job for them. There are some fascinating facts about tree trimming services that many people aren’t aware of. These facts go a long way toward explaining why many people choose to call in professionals rather than attempt doing the work themselves; Read on to learn more.  

1. Improve Tree Health 

Trees can often become susceptible to disease, fungus, and pests. Unfortunately, these issues can create a lot of underlying health concerns, even for a seemingly healthy tree. When you trim off diseased or rotting branches, it prevents the problems from spreading to the rest of the tree and allows it to begin healing. Tree trimming can also help encourage the tree to develop a stronger overall structure. In turn, this can create a healthier tree that can withstand a harsh environment, pests, disease, and other health concerns. 

2. Time Matters When It Comes to Trimming Your Trees 

Did you know that trimming your trees at the right time can be detrimental to their health? However, not all species of trees should be pruned at the same time every year. There are a few things to take into consideration before trimming any part of your tree. The main reason to get the timing right is to prevent damage which can lead to a decline in the health of the tree. Trimming too close to spring can affect the new buds that might have appeared and too close to the end of spring can cause a host of other issues. Ultimately you want to encourage new growth, not hinder it. 

3. Increase Property Value and Aesthetics  

Adding trees to your home’s property has many benefits. Not only do they make the property look more aesthetically pleasing, but they can contribute to a higher property value. However, making sure to keep them trimmed and maintained is essential. You can have all the trees in the neighborhood on your property, but that doesn’t mean they will look good without proper care. For homeowners looking to sell their home or improve the outside appearance getting your trees trimmed should be a top priority. 

4. Tree Trimming Services Are Safe & Effective  

For many avid homeowners trimming your trees might seem like a simple task. However, there are a lot of dangers involved in improper tree trimming. Not to mention the irreversible damage you can cause your tree. Here at SB Tree Service, we offer customers a full spectrum of tree care services. Our knowledgeable staff knows what it takes to give you the best results, protect your trees and abide by all the safety requirements. 

Facts About Tree Trimming: Now You Know

Even if you weren’t aware of the facts about tree trimming, you are more knowledgeable than before. Contact us today to schedule a FREE estimate for tree trimming before the winter season is in full effect for top-quality services and professional care! 

Winter Watering Tips for Trees in Central Florida

Fall is coming to an end, and winter is just about to begin. This new season will bring about many challenges for our trees. The change in weather can ultimately affect the health and longevity of trees across central Florida, especially if we do not care for them properly during these crucial times. Therefore, it may be necessary to give them extra care and attention to ensure they stay healthy year-round. 

Water is vital for the survival of your trees, and unfortunately, the winter months are typically the driest. This means that your trees will require proper watering to survive the rest of the season and be able to flourish again in spring. Let’s take a look at a few winter watering tips you can begin using today! 

1. Observe the Weather 

Weather, especially in Florida, can be very unpredictable. However, you can most definitely count on dry spells during the winter through the months of December to March. But if we do receive rain, it’s essential to consider before we begin watering away. Overwatering can result in root rot, fungus growth, and other issues. 

2. Time it Out 

Did you know that water acts as a heat insulator for the soil and tree roots? Proper watering keeps the environment pleasant and toasty for your tree and prevents damage from the cold weather above. Plants that are healthy and have enough water can withstand freezing temperatures without suffering from damage. They can also heal from weather damage much faster. 

Even the time of day when you decide to water your plants’ matters in these situations, watering too late at night can increase the chances of damage to the roots. This is because the trees will have little time to soak up the water before the temperatures drop. Watering your trees at the beginning of the day gives them enough time to soak up the water and decreases the chance of the cold temperatures turning the excess water in the soil into ice. 

3. Use Mulch 

Mulch is one of the best things you can do to prevent heat from escaping during the night from the soil below. Mulch can protect your tree’s roots from excess moisture and help to regulate the soil from colder temperatures. When cold air hits the soil surrounding your tree, it can often crack, leaving the roots exposed to air, bugs, and other problems. Mulch can help to fill in these gaps and protect your tree’s roots from a host of different issues during the winter months. 

4. Create a Watering Schedule

In the summer months, you, more than likely, had a perfect system when it came to watering your trees and other plants on your property. Well, things should be no different this winter. You can ensure your trees receive enough water to survive even during the coldest nights when you create an easy-to-follow watering schedule. It can also be adapted when you take the weather into consideration to prevent excess water buildup in the soil. 

Winter Watering Tips: Conclusion 

At SB Tree Service, we take pride in being able to care for your trees year-round. Whether they need a trim before spring, new mulch before winter, or professional care, we are here to help! Our team of professionals and ISA-certified arborists will work with you to protect the health of your trees no matter what the winter season brings. Visit us online to learn more about our services and check out our blogs to prepare yourself and your trees for winter. 

Winter Protection for Trees This Upcoming Season

When we think about winter and trees, we usually picture snow and ice. However, it’s actually not always just the cold that hurts trees during wintertime. The real danger comes from strong winds, heavy rain, and even freezes which can cause severe damage to your precious trees.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to winterizing plants during this time of year. Everyone who lives in Florida knows how tropical plants tend to be sensitive and suffer damage during cold weather conditions. However, not many people know how to protect them. Once winter begins, don’t be left scrambling to get your trees protected before it’s too late. Instead, read on to learn how you can keep them healthy throughout winter. 

Why Protecting Your Trees Before Winter is Important? 

You may think that there really is no need to protect your trees this winter. Although we do not experience the snow, ice, and frigid temperatures as more northern states do, our winter climate drops scientifically, especially overnight. Even the slightest drop in temperature is enough to put your healthy trees into a state of shock. This can cause irreversible damage and ultimately a dead tree that you’ll be left caring for after the season. 

When you invest time into proper tree protection, you’ll avoid having to take care of dying trees in the springtime. And instead, all you have to think about is scheduling regular tree care services for the spring. 

Winter Protection for Trees 

Protecting your trees for the winter is not as difficult as it may seem. There are a few different methods that can help and be reasonably inexpensive. There are a few various factors to consider when looking into winter protection for your trees, such as:

  • budget
  • size of the tree 
  • type of tree 

1. Lay Mulch 

Did you know that heat radiates from the soil when temperatures above ground drop? By adding a layer of mulch around the base of your tree, you can help keep heat trapped by the roots. The root system is a tree’s lifeline. When damage occurs to the roots, the tree often becomes damaged from the inside out. You can ensure that the roots avoid freezing or shock from the colder temperatures above by preventing heat from escaping. There are also many other benefits to mulching your trees, such as:

  • improves soil 
  • adds curb appeal 
  • prevents weeds 
  • conserve’s moisture 

2. Add a Cover

Plant coverings are a great way to keep heat in and frost out. Think of a cover as an added layer of winter protection for trees. Trees that are smaller and easier to cover, this is a great way to protect them against the cold. There are many different types of material to choose from when picking the right cover. Keep in mind that material such as plastic can cause more harm than good. Plastic material can stick to the leaves and make it difficult for moisture to evaporate and good air circulation. Leaves can also become caught on the material and break off, causing damage. Therefore, try to opt for coverings that are made with cloth sheets, quilts, or commercial frost cloths. 

3. Nurture Your Trees 

It makes sense that healthier trees are more able to withstand the colder temperatures. In turn, they can also recover from damage faster. Feralization is a great way to give your trees the proper nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Although it has many benefits, it’s essential to take note of when you fertilize your trees. Late fertilization can create new and early growth, which has a higher chance of becoming damaged from the cold weather. Finding the right time to incorporate fertilization in your tree care routine can help any tree fight the upcoming cold front. 

After Winter Care 

After winter, care is just as crucial to the health of your trees as is preparing them for winter. After the temperatures begin to rise once again constantly, you can start to examine your trees for any damages caused by the cold weather. Since it can be challenging to determine cold damage in trees, it is best to get a professional option on the health of your trees. Our ISA-certified arborist can help you pinpoint and address your concerns regarding your tree’s health after the winter season. 

When your trees become suffer damage from the cold, they have a greater chance of suffering from other issues such as:

  • pest infestation 
  • foliage burn 
  • fungus 

Think about it this way, when we feel stressed out, our bodies are more susceptible to catching a cold and getting sick. Trees are very similar in that aspect. 

Conclusion 

Even though Florida is known as the sunshine state, our winters can get a little too cold for comfort, especially for our tropical trees. If you are looking for the top tree care services around, contact us at SB Tree Service. We offer full-spectrum tree and property care services. Don’t wait until the next cold front rolls around to get your trees protected; call us today to schedule an estimate! 

4 Signs of Tree Stress

Many times, you can see a live tree and think it’s perfectly fine. Take a look again – could it be under stress? Stress in trees is not always visible ― sometimes, it’s not apparent even to a trained arborist. But there are certain signs and cues that indicate stress, which can save your tree! Learning how to prevent stress is critical for the overall health of your tree. Read on to learn 4 different factors that can lead to tree stress. 

1. Poor Watering Routine 

Sometimes it can be hard to gauge whether or not your tree is receiving sufficient water to be healthy. It may take some practice and time to get the amounts down pat, but it is a critical component to the overall health of your tree. Here in Florida, frequent rainstorms and even droughts can cause issues when it comes to watering. If your goal is to keep your tree happy and healthy, it’s essential to consider the environment to give the proper amount of water for optimal growth. 

2. Lack of Pruning 

Trimming your trees is essential to their longevity. Overgrowth can cause a vast array of problems, ultimately affecting the whole tree. Although many homeowners will do anything to save a buck, improper pruning can adversely affect your tree. There is a science to proper pruning techniques that include everything from the time it is done to the machines and techniques used. Leave the pruning up to a professional for the best results and ensure your tree’s health. 

3. Installation 

Picture this, you just purchased your new home and are looking to install a beautiful tree in your front yard that you can watch grow over time – how exciting! You browse for days looking at different trees, and finally, make a choice. Installation was a breeze, and now you can sit back and gaze at its budding beauty. Unfortunately, in the weeks to come, your prized tree looks limp and lacks luster. Although you have done expensive research, it has not been enough to save your tree from the severe stress that has been caused. 

There are many different reasons why an improper install can be detrimental to the health of your tree. It could be planted at the wrong depth, poor soil, or in an area of your yard that sees too much foot traffic. Without a proper install, the tree cannot take root and thrive. 

4. Overall Neglect 

Sometimes the set it and forget it mindset gets the best of us. For a tree, neglect can be one of the top reasons for declining health and longevity, whether it’s failing to prune during the winter and springs months, improper watering techniques, or poor installation. All of these components are considered neglect and can ultimately lead to a stressed tree. 

If you often find yourself identifying wondering about the health of your trees, consider hiring a certified arborist to come out and inspect your property’s trees for you, as they have extensive knowledge of the signs of stress. Here at SB Tree Service, our ISA-certified arborist can help you protect your trees and help them stay healthy year-round. Give us a calltoday to schedule an estimate.  

Overhanging Tree Branches: Who is Responsible?

Overhanging tree branches from a neighbor’s property that fall onto your property can be a problem. Is the owner of the tree legally responsible for damages to the homeowner’s property? Or, is the homeowner who did not maintain or prune their own tree held liable? Improper maintenance of the trees surrounding your home or business can cause severe damage if left untreated. Read on to learn more to keep you from questioning whether or not you would be responsible for the damages. 

Property Lines

Discussing property lines can be a very touchy subject for many landowners. You see this situation play out time and time again. Two neighbors go back and forth between where their yard ends, and their neighbors begin. Although city officials can help in these situations, it’s essential to know the state laws to make informed decisions regarding your land. 

Who is Responsible for Overhanging Branches? 

Picture this, you are preparing for hurricane season, and you notice that the limbs on your neighbor’s maple tree look like they might become an issue once the first storm of the season rolls in. These heavy limbs are big enough to damage your new shed costing you a fortune in repairs. 

Luckily in the state of Florida, a landowner has the legal right to trim branches from another property that extend over to their property line. However, if access needs to be gained to the other property owners’ land, that is not prohibited unless permission is granted. In the end, you are responsible for maintaining any overgrowth that goes past your property line. However, there is a certain circumstance where reasonability might not be yours. 

Fallen Trees

There is a difference between overhanging branches and a fallen tree. In some cases, you may or may not be held accountable for the damages. For example, suppose a tree falls onto your neighbor’s property that was rooted on your property and ended up damaging their roof. In that case, there are a few things that will be taken into account to determine responsibility. The first is if the tree has visible signs of decay, disease, or was a previous hazard. This could show negligence on your part, making you responsible for the damages. 

However, if the same situation occurs and the tree was not a hazard or perfectly healthy, the insurance company will most likely determine the claim to be an “Act of God,” meaning neither party was at fault. 

Dangers of Improper Tree Maintenance 

Tree maintenance is critical, especially in Florida, where hurricane season brings strong winds and heavy rains. Mother nature can be very unforgiving and does not care about your new shed or the new roof you just replaced on your home. You will prevent damages from strong storms by properly maintaining your trees and any overgrowth on your property line. 

Our professional tree services at SB Tree Service will help you protect your family and home from unexpected damages caused by overhanging tree branches. Check us out online to view the many services we offer to our customers in the Volusia and Brevard County areas including, tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, mulching, and much more.  

3 Florida Trees that Change Color in Fall

When you think of fall, generally, you picture red, orange, and yellow leaves and crisp cool air. However, Florida in the fall is much like Florida in any other season. Although we see a drop in temperature, we do not see trees take dramatic changes throughout the year as they do in the northern states. 

Don’t get us wrong, Florida is a beautiful state and has plenty to offer when it comes to enjoying the beauty of nature. However, admiring the foliage during the fall is not one of those things. Fortunately, a few trees can offer residents a small glimpse into the fall spirit and the ability to admire the changing leaves. Today we will look into 3 different types of trees that change color in fall down here in the sunshine state. 

1. Red Maple 


The Red Maple tree is Florida’s most traditional color-changing tree, typically found in the central and northern part of the state. This tree is a reasonably fast grower and can average around 35-80 feet tall and 25-35 feet wide. Because of its large structure and rapid growth, you’re going to need to give this tree lots of room to thrive. If you are looking for more colorful leaves, this tree displays more vibrant beauty when placed in rich, organic, and wet soil. 

2. Crape Myrtles 

Did you know that the Crape Myrtles were originally grown in Japan, China, and parts of Southeast Asia? Now, you can find these beautiful blossoming trees throughout Florida. The beauty of the Crape Myrtle tree can be admired throughout the year with beautiful cluster-like flowers that seem to weep off the branches. In the autumn months, the Crape Myrtle’s leaves change to beautiful hues of red, burgundy, yellow, and orange, giving Florida residents a small glimpse of the fall beauty that many northerners get to enjoy each year. 

3. Blackgum

The Blackgum tree is highly adaptable to the environment. Typically, they are found near Florida’s famous swamplands and prefer more acidic and wet soil. During the fall months, the bright and green leaves slowly change to red during the first few weeks of fall. During these months, small blue fruit is produced which attracts wildlife such as birds and squirrels causing the tree to be filled with life. 

Don’t be quick to cross Florida off your list if you want to admire the beauty that changing foliage brings in the fall months. Even though many trees stay green and vibrant year-round, a handful of our trees do offer a change in colors and instill the spirit of fall. Are you looking for tree services in the Brevard and Volusia county areas? SB Tree Service is here to help you with all your tree care needs, from trimming, removal, stump grinding, and much more. Give us a call today and schedule a free estimate! 

3 Benefits to Hiring a Certified Arborist

Hiring a certified arborist is a good decision if you want to keep your plants healthy and save money long-term. Many people think that cost of hiring a certified arborist is not worth the investment; however, it is a lot lower than having to replace dead or dying trees from improper maintenance and care. 

Another added benefit is that you will also eliminate the risk of property damage by having an arborist inspect your treesand provide you with a report about the health of your trees. As many residents of Florida, trees and other plants are a big part of our properties, so why not maintain them to keep the environment healthy and your property looking nice. Well, what are the benefits of hiring a certified arborist, you may ask? Read on to learn more!  

1. Property Value 

Your home is a reflection of yourself; by taking the time to maintain your property correctly, your neighbors and passersby will most definitely appreciate the effort you’ve put into keeping everything well-manicured. Hiring a certified arborist to take care of your trees and shrubs will ultimately increase the value of your property. Here’s why: The concept of curb appeal applies to your trees and shrubs. It’s an easy way for potential buyers to realize how great your home is and how much they want it! First impressions indeed are the most important; this is especially important when selling your home.

2. Maintenance and Care 

One of the most significant advantages to hiring a certified arborist is that they have the professional training, expertise, and up-to-date knowledge and can guide you into the correct type of tree services for your property. Certified arborists are also well known for following industry best practices and ongoing education to remain on top of their field. With all of this knowledge, it’s a no-brainer that your trees will be in the best care, and this investment will help their long-term health. 

3. Safety 

Security is a significant concern these days, especially when it comes to your family. When you live somewhere prone to hurricanes such as Florida, one of the worst things that can happen is a huge tree falling on your house during the storm. Well, these situations can be avoided by proper trimming and maintenance of your trees. But even if this is being done improperly, one wrong move could still cause massive damage. This is why you need to work with a certified arborist to minimize the risk of injury or even death from falling limbs during your next storm.

Here at SB Tree Service, we take pride in offering quality and professional tree services to our customers in Brevard and Volusia counties. Give us a phone call today and see how our certified arborist can help you take proper care of your trees throughout the year. 

Do You Need Permission to Trim a Tree?

Have you ever wondered if you need permission to trim a tree on your property? Maybe you’ve received a notice about your trees being overgrown and want to know what you can do. Are there county cut-off regulations that require homeowners get permission before trimming their trees? If so, then who do I ask? The city? Local county government? 

Not everyone is aware of the laws, rules, and regulations regarding cutting down, trimming, or removing trees without getting approval from the appropriate party are typically governed by the local county government. Read on as we discuss the new bill set in place to protect Florida residents from fines if they wish to remove, prune or trim their trees. 

HB 1159 Bill 

In 2019 the HB 1159 bill was passed in the state of Florida. This bill allows private property owners to trim, remove or prune their trees without a permit or application fee from the local government. This was a significant step for Florida residents. With hurricane season wreaking havoc on properties across the state from June 1st – November 30th, residents can now take safety precautions into their own hands with the help of a certified arborist. Here are a few snapshots from the bill such as:

  • The local government will not require the property owner to replant the tree which was pruned, trimmed, or removed
  • Property owners adjacent to an electrical utility right of way can ask for vegetation maintenance without local government approval
  • The local government is prohibited from requiring notice, an application fee, or mitigation for pruning, trimming, or tree removal on the residential property so long that the resident receives documentation from a certified arborist that the tree is a danger. 

Considerations 

Of course, there are always other situations to consider when discussing trimming, pruning, or removing a tree on the property. For example, what if your neighbor’s tree branches fall over your property line? In the state of Florida, you are legally allowed to trim the branches which extend past the property line, no further. What if you live in an HOA? An HOA also known as a homeowner’s association might have strict rules and regulations when it comes to trimming, pruning or removing trees on your property. If you are unsure of these rules it’s best to contact your HOA directly to prevent any penalties or fines. 

Regardless of the situation, it’s always essential to get a certified arborist to assess your trees to prevent unnecessary stress and problems, whether you need permission to trim a tree or not. Here at SB Tree Service, our tree experts are certified to assess your trees and help you create an efficient plan in place to protect you, your property, and the environment. Hurricane season is well on its way, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to trim or remove your trees. So give us a call today and see how we can help keep your family safe this season! 

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