Iconic signature of tropical coastlines
Visitors to Florida like to associate palm trees with the tropics, but for those who know them, mangroves are really the iconic coastal signature of the topics.
Worldwide, there are 50 species ... READ MORE
Property owners, professional landscapers and arborists struggle to keep Florida's landscapes and tree canopies thriving amid hurricanes, pests, diseases, climate change and other impacts.
To help communities and industries plan, manage ... READ MORE
A picture is often worth a thousand words.
As an ISA certified certified arborist, when I saw this huge Royal Poinciana collapsed on a sunny day, with no wind, rain, or other adverse weather conditions, I just had to stop and find out what ... READ MORE
Tree pruning is both science and art.
I became interested in tree pruning via the art of bonsai. In bonsai (which literally means, "tree in a pot", I became aware that there was a right and wrong way to prune. Years later, while becoming ... READ MORE
Proper tree pruning is vital for tree health and vitality.
When pruning it is important to use the 3-cut method. The first cut is the undercut. This prevents the bark from ripping down the trunk when cutting the second cut. The second cut ... READ MORE
If you are in need of tree work, particularly if you have concerns as we move into hurricane season, it is important that you find a qualified professional to do that tree work for you. We suggest that you select a certified arborist by going ... READ MORE
Now is the time to prepare.
Trees are one of a homeowner's most important assets. They provide beauty to our neighborhoods enhancing property values, shade to cool our homes reducing our energy bills and plentiful oxygen for us to breathe. ... READ MORE
When considering pruning your palms, you may think you need to “hurricane prune” your palm tree. Hold that thought before you do more harm than good. There is a misunderstanding that by removing almost all palm fronds, leaving only the youngest ... READ MORE
Theresa Badurek, UF/IFAS Extension, Pinellas County
It’s almost winter, even though we have had balmy weather lately. While some Central Florida winter days are warm, others can bring cold winds, frosts, and even freezes. These conditions ... READ MORE