Trimming Trees in Florida
Florida Native Trees & Palms
There are many different types of trees in Florida that need trimming. Each tree has its own purpose, therefore their trimming needs done a specific way, and during a specific season.
Florida Native Trees & Palms:
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An Areca Palm may turn different colors. The colors will decipher if the tree has been watered too much,or is in need of more water. If it is has had too much water the fronds will turn brown, whereas if it has not been watered enough, the fronds will turn yellow. Do not trim this palm tree yourself as you could possibly kill it. The humidity in Florida, or lack of can affect the leaves of the tree. Our professional tree trimmers will know what to do to trim the Areca Palm to keep it healthy and looking beautiful.
The Bismarck Palm tree grows extremely tall and wide. Keeping it trimmed properly will result in its lavish beauty. The Bismarck Palm is the perfect palm for the State of Florida where the sun is usually shining. This palm tree requires an area where the sun will shine on it, and stimulate its growth. This tree has a canopy look to it, therefore it must be trimmed properly to avoid overcrowding with other vegetation, as well as interfering with walkways and driveways.
A Bottle Palm can grow up to 12 feet high while the fronds on them can grow up to 12 feet in length. However, if they are amongst the rest of your landscape, most prefer to keep the height at 5 feet. These trees are slow growing, and don’t require a lot of maintenance. However, they must be professionally trimmed to maintain their beauty, especially if they are within the rest of your landscape. A Bottle Palm is best grown in warmer temperatures, therefore Florida is one of the best places for them.
The Carpentaria Palm grows quickly, and can grow to a height of up to 40 feet. Because it is such a tall tree, it is susceptible to cracks in the trunk in colder weather. Florida makes it the perfect environment for this palm tree. These palm trees do not need trimmed very often, but when they do, it is necessary to hire a professional to do so due to its height and its spread that can grow up to 10 feet.
Coconut Palm trees can reach a considerable height of up to 100 feet. If a coconut falls from that height, or even a lesser height it can cause damage to whatever it hits. An old frond needs to be removed in order for new ones to grow. Once they turn yellow or start turning brown, it is time to trim them. Due to the height of these trees, and the fruit that they produce, our professionals will trim these trees properly, thus ensuring the larger fruit is not harmed. At times it is necessary to remove the small coconuts from the tree which will allow more room for larger fruit to grow.
A Kentia Palm is a beautiful plant for the indoors, giving your home or office a tropical feel. These palms are easy to grow, and will grow within the container they are planted in. Kentia Palm trees have a slender trunk and can grow beyond 50 feet. Those that use them for indoor purposes keep the height around 6 feet. Because they are a popular choice for an indoor plant it is necessary to ensure they remain healthy and out of direct sunlight. Keeping them healthy requires a professional to ensure they are properly trimmed.
A Lady Palm is rather simple to tend to. Once the leaves are decayed they will show signs of brown on the fronds. The leaves themselves can be trimmed with shears or the trunk can be trimmed easily with a hand saw. The trunk should be trimmed at an angle for proper growth. Brown leaves are a sign of the tree not getting enough water, therefore once it is trimmed it will need watered a bit more often for a few weeks. Always let a professional trim your Lady Palm and keep it looking magnificent all year long.
The Queen Palm will shed itself of dead fronds, however trimming and pruning the tree will enhance its beauty. This type of palm tree can grow up to 50 feet, and the palms will expand up to 25 feet. The best time to trim the Queen Palm is during the fall months of September through November. Stress will be put on the palm if too many fronds are trimmed at one time. We will never cut into the trunk of the tree as it will destroy it.
A Royal Palm is used to accent parks, landscapes, and streets. This palm tree will grow up to 100 feet. The frond will grow as long as 18 feet, and can weigh up to 80 pounds. These trees are harder to trim due to their size. If the fronds die and are not trimmed immediately, this can cause serious damage to anyone or anything on the ground. Over-trimming the Royal Palm will cause it to become weak, therefore only a professional should trim this tree.
A Sago Palm is also known as a miniature palm as they grow extremely slow, from 1 to 2 inches per year. The Sago Palm is either used as a house plant, or as a potted plant for your deck or patio. The type of palm tree will eventually bloom if planted in the ground, however it takes approximately 15 years to grow, giving it a trunk of about 14 inches. The Sago Palm has both male and female plants, and does not require much trimming, however it does require a lot of care. Understanding this palm is important as it can be toxic and harmful if ingested.
Ironwood trees have extremely sharp thorns. You do not want to touch one of these trees. They do not require much water, if any once they have matured, and they grow very fast. An ironwood tree can grow up to 45 feet in the desert due to the heat, and provides some of the heaviest wood in the world. An ironwood tree is not toxic, but it will create allergies to some individuals due to the sawdust that is creating when trimming them. We are cautious, and protect ourselves when trimming these trees.
A Canary Island Date Palm resembles a pineapple. The frond stem bases often attach to the trunk, thus making it look like a pineapple. These trees are a variety of evergreen palm. When it is fully mature it can reach a height of approximately 50 feet, with the spread spanning up to 25 feet. If not trimmed properly, pathogens can enter the tree and spread disease throughout it. Hiring a professional to trim this tree is crucial.
Because of the climate in Florida you can trim a live oak tree basically any time of the year. It is preferred to trim them January through March, especially if they are young trees. Trimming is necessary each year to enhance the shape of your tree, while trimming them begins at the dominant branch. Because these trees grow to different heights the cost of trimming them will vary.
A Pygmy Date Palm does not require much maintenance. If the fronds turn brown or are dry and wilted they just need to be removed. Many people will use this palm indoors due to its thin leaflets, and the ability to grow from indoor light as long as it is bright enough. A pygmy date palm has a lifespan of 5 to 7 years.
A Sabal Palm is highly prone to disease, therefore you should never use a chainsaw when trimming these trees. Destroying the tissue in the trunk will harm the rest of the tree. If the leaves are brown near the trunk they should carefully be removed. Trimming a sabal palm is only necessary twice a year at the most. New fronds grow every year as the old ones die. Hire a professional to trim these trees as they grow pretty tall.
The Satin Leaf tree grows extremely well in the State of Florida where the soil is moist, and the sun shines a lot. These trees can grow up to 30 feet in height, however they grow slow. These trees have some beautiful colors in them and are often used in landscape for both residential and commercial properties. They will often provide a black berry that is edible. Trimming these trees properly is significant in order for them to grow properly, while producing their flowers and fruit.
Depending on the fruit, there are different times when a fruit tree should be trimmed. Late winter is the best time for an apple tree to be pruned, whereas early spring is the best time to prune a peach tree. It’s best to prune a fruit tree when there are no leaves on it. Once pruned, new growth happens right after the cut is made. Fruit trees grow best when exposed to the sun. We will make sure all of your fruit trees are trimmed properly, giving you an abundance of fruit annually.
The Chinese Fan Palm can grow as high as 50 feet, however most of them are an average of 30 feet. They grow more in the summer, with less growth in the winter months. If you have a small Chinese Fan Palm that you grow indoors, you cannot water it with tap water due to the chemicals in tap water that will destroy the leaves. The leaves on a Chinese Fan Palm have the potential to grow up to 12 feet. Never pull the leaves from the tree. Always have a professional trim them.