Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Upcoming Quarterly Tree Giveaway Event

Please note that preregistration will close on September 9th for the City of Fort Lauderdale's next Neighbor Tree Giveaway event to be held on September 14th at Snyder Park. Please view the below flyer for additional information and to pre-register click here.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Fort Lauderdale Palms and Lethal Bronzing

There's a new palm disease to be aware of called Lethal Bronzing that can potentially impact some of our most prestigious palms in Fort Lauderdale. Common symptoms include premature fruit drop (fruit is stunted, brown and or dead along with dead inflorescences), gradual browning of older leaves, then death of young/new fronds and eventually spear leaf death (center most frond growth point). While costly preventative measures are available unfortunately, there is no cure for infected palms and the only course of action once a palm is confirmed as infected is total removal. If you suspect a palm may have Lethal Bronzing please contact the local Broward County Cooperative Extension Service for additional advice and potential testing. Additional information about Lethal Bronzing can be found at the following IFAS website.

 Necrotic lower Sabal Palm fronds and dead spear leaf. (c) The Daytona Beach News Journal 
Canary Palm almost completely dead with spear leaf dying (c) Fox 13 News
Premature fruit drop and necrotic inflorescences of Coconut Palm. (c) The Florida Alligator

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Upcoming Quarterly Tree Giveaway Event

Preregistration is now open for the City of Fort Lauderdale's next Neighbor Tree Giveaway event to be held on September 14th at Snyder Park. Please view the below flyer for additional information and to pre-register click here.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Save A Tree Plant A Tree FINAL Pickup Event

Please note that the FINAL Save A Tree Plant A Tree Event is scheduled to be held on Saturday August 17, 2019 from 830am-11am at Holiday Park in accordance with the below brochure. Only officially registered participants will be provided with trees. Please visit the program website for additional information. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Right Tree Right Place

Trees should be planted in areas with appropriate room for proper canopy and root growth. Trees planted in too small an area for proper growth can cause issues including conflicts with utilities, create trip hazards, damage/destroy infrastructure and can become a liability issue for both public and private property owners.

This is especially important as many of these trees damage power poles and utility lines during storm events. These trees also do not reach their full potential and often end up stunted and needing replacement much sooner than properly planted trees in good locations.  Right Tree Right Place Principles are discussed in additional detail by FPL, Arbor Day and on the City of Fort Lauderdale Green Your Routine website.

Images used courtesy of the Arbor Day Foundation and FPL.

"Improper tree species planted underneath utility lines"
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"Live Oak trees planted in swale with insufficient root space"

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hurricane Season Preparation and Your Trees

How should I prune my palms and trees to reduce storm damage in Fort Lauderdale? This question is often asked now that hurricane season has arrived. No tree or palm is 100% immune to storm impacts, but with proper pruning the chances of a tree or palm failure can be reduced. 

Be wary of individuals or companies recommending poor tree pruning practices. Some examples of poor pruning are shown in the illustration below.

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Poor Pruning Practices

Such practices put tree(s) under stress, compromise the structure and/or artificially raise the trees’ center of gravity during a storm. When selecting an arborist, be sure to ask for a copy of the company’s general liability insurance, current International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) credential, worker’s compensation insurance and to see the company’s Broward County Tree Trimmer License. Companies that do not have insurance or are not registered as a Broward County Tree Trimmer should be actively avoided.

It is recommended to have your trees inspected by an ISA certified arborist annually and, if no defects are found, pruning may not be required . If your tree or palm needs pruning, the proper tree pruning practices will likely be followed. It is important to note that all branches and debris should be properly disposed of after pruning because any debris left lying around can become airborne during a windstorm event.

Proper Tree Pruning Practices
Palm Trimming

  • Avoid removing any live fronds originating above the horizontal plane
    Sabal palm trees; photo by thesix on Flickr
  • Remove dead, dying, or diseased fronds
  • Fruits and coconuts can also be removed

Shade Tree Trimming

    • Pruning should emphasize branch reduction rather than removal for healthy trees
    • Prune young trees every 3 to 4 years to produce strong branch structure; mature trees every 4-5 years
    • Prune to produce a single dominant trunk
    • Remove dead, diseased, broken and cross branches
    • Correct unbalanced tree canopies by pruning long branches back to lateral branches
    • Remove, or reduce the weight on branches with included bark (i.e., bark trapped in the tight angle between two branches growing closely together).
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    Steps for a proper tree pruning cut
    Do not attempt to prune trees or palms adjacent to overhead utility lines by yourself. Contact FPL or utilize an ISA certified arborist qualified to perform utility line clearance pruning.

    It is generally too late to prune your trees once a storm is on its way, so contact an ISA certified arborist well in advance of hurricane season.  For additional information concerning proper palm and tree care please visit the following websites: