Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tu B'Shevat New Year of the Trees Ceremony

Every year the Jewish community plants trees in honor of Tu B'Shevat the "New Year for Trees". The tradition began in Israel in 1887 when the Rabbi Ze’ev Yaavetz, a Polish-born historian began taking out his students on Tu B'Shevat to plant trees, thus establishing the holiday tradition of arbor day in Israel. This marks the fourth consecutive year the City of Fort Lauderdale will be partnering locally with the Consul General of Israel for a Tree Planting Ceremony at Sistrunk Park.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Neighbor Support Night Tree Giveaway 2020

Please join the City of Fort Lauderdale for our next Tree Giveaway at Neighbor Support Night February 13, 2020. For additional information please visit the event website.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Fort Lauderdale's Adope A Tree Program

Trees are an important asset to the City of Fort Lauderdale and its citizens. For years, Fort Lauderdale has been planting trees with the help of its citizens. Through a recent upgrade to this program the City will now provide and install trees for those who choose to participate. Through the Adopt-a-Tree Program, the City is able to form a partnership with concerned homeowners to improve our city streets.

Fort Lauderdale, through the Adopt-A-Tree Program, will provide a variety of trees to homeowners and plant them in the swale area (the grassy strip between the pavement and the sidewalk) adjacent to their property. Prior to receiving a tree through this program an onsite inspection is required by the City Urban Forester to determine the appropriate tree(s) species for the Right of Way (ROW) area in accordance with Right Tree Right Place principles. Adopting a tree is a big commitment and should be taken seriously. 
After initial planting Homeowner's must water their tree(s) until establishment, address any and all future maintenance needs (pruning, fertilizing, mulching etc.) and remove any installed bracing posts/straps within 1-year of tree installation. 
For additional information on how to participate please visit the City's official Adopt A Tree website here.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Upcoming Quarterly Tree Giveaway

Please note that the City's Next Quarterly Tree Giveaway event will occur tomorrow at Osswald Park. Pre-registration is now closed but you may still sign up in person at the event.

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

Call Before You Dig

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.