Tree Care Services
Trees are often an integral focus of the landscape. Our professional, ISA licensed arborists follow the most up-to-date standards in tree care and arboriculture. Our team brings many years of experience and we develop custom solutions to suit the specific needs of your property.
We take pride in not only caring for the longevity of your trees, but bringing a strong eye for aesthetics and design.
Whether you’re looking to improve the health of your trees, are considering tree removal, are planning tree trimming for hurricane season, or simply need seasonal tree pruning, no job is too big or small.
Our certified arborists provide:
- Tree Pruning
- Tree Evaluation and Diagnosis
- Insect and Disease Management
- Post-hurricane Tree and Garden Restoration
- Tree Removal
- Canopy Reduction
- Stump Removal
- Site Design and Consultation
Contact our knowledgeable staff today to discuss your tree and landscaping needs! Call us at 561-391-9904 or contact us here:
Basic Guide to Tree Pruning and Trimming
We’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions on pruning and trimming. Read on to learn more about the science of caring for your trees.
When is the best time to prune?
There is no hard and fast answer. The best time to prune depends on the type of tree, its condition, and what you’d like to achieve. Is it growing too slowly? Is it showing signs of an infestation? Do you want to maximize or minimize its flowering? Pruning can help with all of these issues and more.
It is the job of an arborist to determine the optimal season for pruning your tree. A properly timed tree pruning can help to mitigate the risk of disease and pests, control overgrowth of tree branches, ensure abundant flower displays in the spring, and enhance the distribution of fruit for beauty or harvest.
To learn more about pruning, visit the University of Florida’s tree pruning guide.
Can you prune palm trees?
Yes. Palm trees are a common ornamental tree in Florida that are mainly pruned for aesthetic purposes. However, many palm trees are pruned improperly, weakening the tree structure and hindering the natural shape of the canopy. Palm tree pruning is a delicate undertaking that must be carried out by a knowledgeable and experienced arborist. Studies have shown that over pruning can lead to many problems including reduced leaf and trunk size, as well as spread of disease. It is often better to leave yellowed or dying fronds, as they help the palm stay strong through hurricane season and storms.
There are certain varieties of palm trees (those with crown shafts) that should never require pruning, provided that they have the proper soil composition and nutrients. An arborist will be able to easily identify what type of palm you have as well as evaluate the leaves and soil to find out what fertilizers are needed.
To learn more about different types of palm trees and proper care, read the University of Florida’s illustrated resource on Pruning Palms.
My tree has a thick canopy that is blocking sunlight from getting through. Will pruning help?
Yes. Trees with a thick canopy can be trimmed in order to thin the foliage. It’s recommended that no more than 25-30% of foliage is removed each year. Over-pruning the top of a tree (“topping” a tree) can be detrimental to the tree’s health, so avoid removing too many leaves or branches. Over-pruning can lead to internal rot and decay.
My tree has large limbs. Can I prune or remove those too?
Generally speaking, no. Removing large limbs would create a pruning “wound” that would take a long time to heal, leaving the tree susceptible to infestation and disease. However, if the limb is hazardous to traffic or pedestrians, there is no choice but to have a professional arborist come to remove it.
I’m considering adding trees to my property. How do I choose a tree that needs minimal care and pruning?
It’s important to buy trees that will flourish in the South Florida climate zones (Zone s 9B through 11). Look for the “Florida Fancy” or “Grade #1” label when possible. These trees will need minimal training in order to establish a good structure. It is also important to assess the size of your planting area. Calculate the mature height and width of the tree, and leave plenty of room for the roots to grow. Keep in mind that tree roots extend 3-5 times the diameter of the canopy!
Read more about trimming and pruning your Florida trees here.
Tree Trimming for Hurricanes
Trees on your property can become your greatest liability in the event of a storm, causing damage to cars, buildings, roadways, and people. But with some proper planning ahead and the help of a professional arborist, you can avoid a costly cleanup and get your trees ready for hurricane season.
Having your trees trimmed regularly is the first step in hurricane preparedness. At South Scapes, our certified arborists will prune your trees to prevent potential breakage or toppling during a storm, giving your trees a greater chance of survival as well as reducing the risk of property damage.
Standing Up Against Hurricanes: How to prepare your trees for the worst
By the time a Hurricane Warning or Hurricane Watch has gone out, it’s already too late to be thinking about what to do with your trees. Extreme weather events are unpredictable, so under no circumstance is it safe to be conducting any type of maintenance on your trees once you’re aware of a storm. Furthermore, professional tree service providers will not be able to come to your assistance until the storm has passed.
That’s why our #1 piece of advice for hurricane preparedness is – Plan ahead!
Pruning Trees Before A Storm
Scheduling a regular tree pruning by a certified arborist can actually make your landscape more hurricane-resistant. Professional tree trimming will reduce the need for tree removal and clean-up after a hurricane, and can help to counteract the impact of high winds on buildings and landscaping around your property.
An arborist can remove any weak, dead, or cracked branches that are likely to fly-off in a storm. Depending on the height of the tree, they will also remove a number of interior branches to allow for high winds to pass through the canopy.
Site Assessment and Maintenance Before A Storm
It is important to note that it’s not only the canopy you have to look out for. A knowledgeable arborist will be able to identify trees that are vulnerable to toppling due to a weak root system, disease, or poor structure. Before hurricane season begins, you should have a certified arborist evaluate which trees are most vulnerable to storm damage. As some varieties of trees are more storm-proof than others, our professional staff can advise you on which trees you might want to replace in the long term as well as which trees are planted too close to buildings and other structures.
Even if you’ve thought ahead and prepared your property for a Category 5 storm, your trees may still experience damage, and in the worse case scenario, become hazards if they fall. Over the years, our crew has seen it all.
Our hurricane cleanup services cover everything from lawn repair to tree removal, branch cleanup, and tree restoration. This is not a regular cleanup job. Hurricane cleanup should only be undertaken by a team of qualified professionals. Our knowledgeable arborists have many years of on-the-ground experience and the proper equipment to keep everyone safe.
Our hurricane cleanup services include:
- Removing leaning trees
- Removing fallen trees
- Pruning broken limbs
- Saving and restoring damaged trees
- Cutting and replanting palms
- Relevelling lawns
- Fixing drainage
*Note: In the case of a downed power line, municipal services should be contacted immediately
Some types of trees, such as fruit trees, will require immediate attention after a hurricane, as they can easily suffer from irreversible drought-stress and sun-stress. If you have these types of trees on your property, make sure you contact an arborist as soon as it is safe to go out again – time is of the essence.
Post-Hurricane Lawn Repair
Heavy rains from a storm can cause many problems for your lawn. Rainfall will deplete important nutrients that are needed for growth and also protect your lawn from disease. After a hurricane, you may want to have a professional evaluate the soil and fertilize your lawn to restore nutrients. This preventive approach wards off invasion by insects and pests, saving you money down the road.
Storms can create pockets of standing water, flooding, and drainage issues in your lawn. If this is the case, you’ll need to add material that relevels your lawn and reinforces good structure.