Central Florida’s sun-drenched landscape is filled with colorful and towering trees that thrive in the humid subtropical climate and sandy soil. Whether you are seeking shade, sustenance or beauty, these trees are perfect for Palm Harbor’s Plant Hardiness Growing Zone 9b.
Fast-growing saplings that love the Florida sun, are drought tolerant and require minimal pruning include the Bald Cypress, Crape Myrtle, Winged Elm and Red Maple. These four species quickly reach 10 to 25 feet tall and the Cypress can easily exceed 50 feet to 70 feet when fully mature. The University of Florida’s Horticultural Sciences program recommends planting the trees 7 to 20 feet from your house to allow adequate room for growth.
There are a number of sun-loving fruit plants that are colorful, fast growing and quickly yield an abundant crop of sweetly refreshing treats. West central Florida’s long summers are perfect for pomegranate, persimmon and star fruit trees. Specific varieties grafted for Florida include include peaches, nectarines, and plums, but they do take a lot of maintenance and care so the fruit isn’t eaten by insects before you can harvest some of the fruit.
Palms are part of the cultural landscape of west-central Florida. There are over 2500 varieties of palms and most are appropriate for growing in Florida. The fan-like Triangle palm thrives in direct sunlight, the Canary Island palm needs plenty of space to grow, and the ornamental Lady palm prefers some shade. The Queen palm is one of the most popular palms in the world because it is elegant, inexpensive and low maintenance.
When it’s time for tree trimming or removal, consult the experts at Warner Tree Service at (727) 478-2864. Our experts will help your trees stay healthy, look their best and enhance the landscaping of your home.
From boosting property values to reducing home cooling costs, trees are a vital part of the environmental health and cultural history of west central Florida.
1. By offering protection from the sun and wind, they can slash air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent and reduce heating costs nearly 15 percent, estimates the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Since leaves release water into the air, just one strategically placed shade tree can drop in-home temperatures by 10 degrees.
2. Flush with vivid green leaves or fragrant flowers, a tree enhances your home’s landscape and screens unsightly views.
3. A landscaped yard increases home values by heightening curb appeal and creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.
4. Studying or working in a room with a view of nature boosts brain power and self-discipline.
5. Timber-lined streets strengthen communities by reducing crime rates and inviting residents to come outside to play, jog or chat with neighbors.
6. Filter out noise pollution from nearby schools or busy roadways by up to 40 percent.
7. Relaxing under a tree provides personal health benefits by protecting your skin from UV rays, relaxing your brain, slowing your heartbeat and lowering your blood pressure.
8. There is a host of environmental health benefits as well, including putting more clean oxygen into the air around your home. Leaves trap airborne particulates and absorb pollutant gasses, which enhances your respiratory health.
9. Leaves also capture CO2, which reduces your carbon footprint by protecting the planet from harmful greenhouses gasses.
10. Create a safe, thriving habitat for local Florida animals, birds and insects.
11. Slow soil erosion, decrease water evaporation on sun-drenched lawns and reduce stormwater runoff that floods and pollutes our world-famous Florida waterways.
12. A banana, plum or fig tree supplies your family’s table and local wildlife with healthy food.
Learn about shade trees that provide the best energy and environmental benefits for our Central Florida climate, or contact Warner Tree Service at (727) 478-2864 to trim an existing large tree or remove one that is diseased or dead.
The right tree can provide decades of beauty and shade. The wrong one could give you decades of misery. If you’re updating your landscaping, follow these tips before selecting any plants. You’ll save money, achieve better results and avoid common mistakes.
Keeping this information in mind, make a list of the most important attributes for you. Consider shade value, appearance, maintenance, drought tolerance, salt resistance, size, flowers, fruits and lifespan. The University of Florida Hillsborough County Extension has a comprehensive list of suitable species. You can also find information about plants that are discouraged or invasive. If you need assistance with any tree trimming or removal our certified arborists are here to help. Learn more about our services online or by calling Warner Tree Service at 727-478-2864.
As you tidy up your garden and landscape as cooler weather sets in, it may be tempting to prune trees and shrubs during fall cleanup. Experts recommend waiting until the dormant season or just before spring before you start trimming trees and pruning branches. The result will be more growth on limbs and branches, more fruit on trees and an abundance of flowers.
Early spring and summer pruning help keep trees healthy. Eliminating dead branches maintains the beauty and shape of the tree. However, trimming certain types of trees such as oaks during summer months makes them more susceptible to infestation.
Fall is the worst time to prune. At this time of year, the trees are trying to go dormant. Trimming can stimulate growth or weaken the plant. Mold, fungi, insects and other invasive species can cause harm or disease. Cuts take longer to heal during the fall, creating more opportunity for disease or infestation.
Trimming trees protects property. Weakened branches may break off during windy weather or storms and cause damage to roofs, walls or vehicles. Cracked limbs weaken the entire tree. Regular trimming removes decayed or weakened branches, minimizing the potential for harm to property.
A professional tree care service knows when it’s best to trim trees and shrubs in your area. Local services with trained arborists are familiar with the soils, water, and species native to the region. A tree care professional has the equipment to do the job properly. Large or heavy limbs must be controlled during removal to avoid damaging property or those working on the trees.
Warner Tree Service will evaluate the trees on your property and provide a written estimate detailing the work recommended. We provide services in communities in west Florida including Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. Call 727-478-2864 today for a free estimate.
While Florida’s winters aren’t nearly as cold as those in upstate New York, preparing your lawn for the cooler months is just as important. That’s because shorter days, colder temperatures and lower light intensity lead to slower growth. When tending to your lawn, don’t forget to also prepare your trees for winter.
If you’re considering applying a final round of fertilizer – one that’s rich in potassium works best – for the year, residents in Palm Harbor, Florida, shouldn’t do so later than the end of October. If you fertilize too late in the year when the risk of cold temperatures is higher, you’ll expose growing grass to sensitive conditions. If you’ve missed fertilizing it before winter, wait until the spring’s warmth to do so.
Overseeding: If you want to keep your lawn green this winter, plant temporary grass by using a technique known as overseeding. Ryegrass works well because it grows fast and it’s cheap. Keep in mind that you’ll have to maintain it throughout the winter much like the summer when you overseed.
Coloring: Another way to keep your lawn green this winter is to apply turf colorants to it. Usually used on golf courses and professional sports fields, you can now use coloring on a home lawn to keep it green all winter long without mowing or watering it – a benefit that overseeding doesn’t offer.
While trimming the trees in your yard, especially those tall Florida palms, is an important part of practicing proper tree care before the winter, you shouldn’t perform this task unless you’re trained and have the right equipment. Otherwise, you could risk serious injury.
Now’s the time to prepare your lawn and yard for the winter, which should also include eliminating any dead or dying trees. For all of your tree trimming and tree removal needs, contact Warner Tree Service of Palm Harbor at (727) 478-2864.
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