Thursday, November 14, 2019

Upcoming City Quarterly Tree Giveaway


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





Thursday, October 24, 2019

Fort Lauderdale's Trees and the Asian Subterranean Termite

There's a new pest affecting Fort Lauderdale's hardwood trees, the Asian Subterranean termite. Trees weakened by termite activity are more likely to fail during hurricane and high wind events, potentially causing considerable damage to people and property. Rapid tree decline, failure and death are common indicators of termite infestations. Due to the typically large size of the colony, 24 hour feeding cycle and the ability of the termites to penetrate concrete they can cause substantial damage to building and trees alike.
Tree hosts for this particular termite are varied and currently include but are not solely limited to Sabal Palm, Live Oak, Laurel Oak, Gumbo Limbo and Slash Pine trees. Typically this termite swarms between the months of February and April in Florida, so be aware of any swarming activity you see near your trees and property especially during this time. Currently the only effective treatment method is through the use of bait stations to eliminate the entire colony.  For additional information please visit the following University of Florida website.

Termite Colony Snapshot
Image used courtesy of morningagclips.com

Termite caused damage to wood structure.
Image used courtesy of palmbeachcivic.org
Termite damage present on a mature Live Oak Tree.
Image used courtesy of Twitter user @Chouvencl




Thursday, October 10, 2019

November 30th, marks the end of this year’s hurricane season! It is important to utilize the Sunshine (811) service before beginning the replanting process and/or removing fallen trees from your property. Digging new holes, utilizing stump grinding machines, and clearing root balls from uprooted trees may impact underground utilities such as gas, power, cable wires, and pipes causing substantial additional damage. The Sunshine (811) service is responsible for coordinating visually marking of all underground utilities present at the service area (within the right of way swale) with flags painted in accordance with the American Public Works Association (APWA) Uniform Color Codes image below.

Note that Sunshine (811) is a totally free service and, per Florida State law, they are required to respond within two business days unless under a declared emergency. Visit Sunshine811 for additional information and/or to submit any official utility marking requests.