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Navigating Tree Troubles: Recognizing and Addressing Potential Hazards


The hazardous tree has been removed.

Trees enhance our yards with beauty, fresh air, erosion control, and shade. However, there are instances when trees can pose a danger. Although rare, tree-related hazards do occur. A prudent homeowner remains vigilant for signs of trouble and seeks assistance when needed.

Today, we’re going to talk about some of the times when trees can create trouble.

Electrical danger

When tree branches tangle with electrical branches, it’s trouble 100% of the time. Always call a professional tree service in the event power lines are involved, whether it’s due to growth, or caused by a tree or branch falling during a storm. If the tangle is caused by a storm, tree trimming will have to be coordinated with the electric company since the power may have to be shut off until the branches or tree have been safely removed.

Storm Damage

If a branch or an entire tree is compromised by storm damage, give us a call. We can remove the tree or dangerous branch before it becomes a safety issue. It’s essential not to just leave it, just in case it falls, which could easily happen, especially if there is another storm on the heels of the one which caused the damage.

A dead or dying tree is an impending hazard.

Sometimes, trees die. Regardless of the cause, a homeowner will want a tree expert, not only to remove the dead tree safely, but also to determine if it’s something which could spread to the other plant material. When a tree dies, the roots also die, and since the roots are the anchor which holds a tree in the ground, a lack of roots can make a tree unstable. A dead tree can fall in any direction, with or without the aid of a storm. Even a small tree can be dangerous, since it can fall and hurt someone or cause an enormous amount of damage to a home or automobile. Be safe: have dead trees removed immediately.

If a tree on your property, or partially on your property, has become a hazard, contact a local tree service. They would love to hear from you and come out to make an assessment and recommendation based on your situation, as they are the solution for all your tree needs.

Reasons to Remove a Live Tree


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Pam trees are unique from other trees in that they grow from a single point at the top. They also act as a straw when watered: the palm tree which gets more water will grow faster. Today, we’re going to talk about when it’s safe to trim a palm tree and when you should have it done.

When the palm looks messy

Most trees should be cut during the dormant season or period of slow growth. But, palm trees are the exception to the rule! Any time your palms begin to look unkempt and messy, having them trimmed will bring back their fresh charm. Bottom line, if you think they look like they need trimming, they need it! Removing dead fronds will also cut down on the bug population.

Before hurricane season

Dead palm fronds can turn into projectiles during a hurricane. When combined with velocity, they can be dangerous and damaging. Trim dead palm fronds before hurricanes, so they don’t become a hazard.

After flowering or fruiting

When certain types of palms bear fruit, it can fall beneath the tree and litter the ground, sidewalks, or even fall into swimming pools. The mess can be avoided by cutting fruit stalks or even flowering stalks, so the palm tree never bears fruit. Trimming flower or fruit stalks have the added benefit of preventing the seeds from sprouting and becoming a landscape nuisance.

Avoid weakening the palm tree

Trimming palm fronds which are green will weaken the tree because it’s the green part where photosynthesis takes place which is what helps keep a tree healthy. But, many people hover over their arborist telling them to cut the green fronds thinking this will somehow make them ‘safer’ during a hurricane. Nothing could be further from the truth. Remember when we said palm trees have a single point growth spot? It means trimming the green fronds puts them at a higher risk for poor health. Palm tree boots on some palms (Sanibel) are another thing that homeowners sometimes want to cut away for the sake of uniformity.

When palm trees are small, a homeowner may want to trim them himself. If that’s the case, follow these guidelines. However, we trim palms of any size. Indeed, when a tree gets larger, having an arborist trim them will not only keep the tree looking nice, but can also prevent a homeowner from damaging a healthy tree or even being hurt himself.

If your palm tree needs pruning, contact a local professional tree removal expert. They will be happy to come and trim palm trees of all sizes.

Is a Permit Required to Remove a Tree in Your Own Landscape?


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Are you considering removing a tree from your own landscape but unsure if a permit is required? Don't worry, you're not alone. Many homeowners are often left wondering whether they need permission to remove a tree on their property. In this article, we'll provide you with clarity on the topic, so you can make an informed decision.

Understanding tree removal permits

When it comes to tree removal, understanding the role of permits is essential. A tree removal permit is a legal requirement that grants you permission to remove a tree from your property. The purpose of these permits is to ensure that tree removal is carried out responsibly, taking into consideration environmental factors, public safety, and the preservation of urban forests.

In some cases, removing a small tree in your backyard may not require a permit, while larger or protected trees may necessitate obtaining the necessary permissions. It is crucial to familiarize yourself with your local regulations to avoid any legal issues and fines.

Reasons why a permit might be required for tree removal

Several reasons may warrant the requirement of a permit for tree removal. Let's explore some common scenarios where obtaining a permit is typically necessary:

Protected tree species

Certain tree species may be protected under local regulations due to their significance in the ecosystem or their historical value. These protected species are often identified as native or rare trees that contribute to the overall biodiversity of the area.

Tree size and location

The size and location of the tree are important factors when considering whether a permit is required. Large trees close to public areas, such as sidewalks or roads, may pose a potential risk to public safety if not removed properly.

Environmental considerations

If you wish to remove a tree that is considered environmentally significant, you may be required to obtain a permit. These permits aim to evaluate the potential impact on the environment and provide alternatives to tree removal whenever possible.

The process of obtaining a tree removal permit

Obtaining a tree removal permit generally involves a series of steps that ensure compliance with local regulations and allow for an evaluation of the proposed tree removal. Although the process may vary depending on your location, here is a general outline of what to expect when applying for a permit:

  • Research local regulations
  • Assess the tree
  • Complete the permit application
  • Pay the permit fee
  • Wait for approval
  • Receive the permit
  • It's important to note that the process may differ depending on your location and the specific circumstances surrounding the tree removal. Consulting with local authorities or tree removal professionals can provide you with accurate information and guidance throughout the permit application process.

When a tree needs to be removed

The most common reason a tree might need to be removed from the property is if it interferes with daily life or construction or presents a safety hazard to the environment.

A tree devoid of foliage is usually considered a dead tree, and its removal might not require a permit or documentation from an arborist. However, you’ll still need to check with the local government, as laws can vary at the county or city level. In some cases, all that’s needed are photos documenting the tree is dead or rotting to remove it without paying fees or permits.

Once you’ve obtained the necessary documentation, contact a professional tree service for fast, efficient, and safe tree trimming or removal.