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.
Florida residents may be relieved that Hurricane Hermine’s impact was limited, but many have had to deal with a bit of related damage as insurance companies estimate just under $400 million in costs for the claims being filed. While the state has had a lengthy reprieve from direct hurricane strikes over the 11-year period preceding Hermine, every hurricane season can raise serious concerns for homeowners. One of the more significant causes of damage during such storms can be trees, which makes it wise for residents to take stock of their trees to evaluate stability and storm readiness.
In studying major hurricanes, researchers have found that certain tree species withstand the storms better than others. They have also observed important planting tips for minimizing the risk of tree loss in these weather events. In fact, trees planted in groups appear to fare much better than individual trees. Native trees in an area tend to withstand hurricanes better than those that are not naturally found in the area. Species can be an important factor in storm situations as well. For example, conifers are prone to damage in hurricanes, but palm trees tend to withstand these events well.
Landscaping can be a huge selling point for the individual moving to a Florida neighborhood. However, you might want to review the placement and species of your trees to determine whether they could jeopardize your structure during a major storm. Urban trees can be beneficial during the summer months in the state because of the shade they provide, which means that you might need some guidance in deciding whether to leave certain trees in place or remove them.
Warner Tree Service offers exceptional service to the residents of Palm Harbor and surrounding communities. We would be happy to provide our recommendations for tree removal based on the condition of your existing trees. We can also help with trimming services if you need to remove large branches that could cause problems during storms. Call us at 727-478-2864 to schedule a consultation today.
Trees are one of the most beautiful parts of your residential landscape, but they’re also the part that you may not think much about until a problem arises. If you haven’t included the trees in your seasonal lawn care program in the past, now is the time to step up your tree care routine with professional pruning.
Many homeowners assume that they don’t have to worry about tree trimming until their trees are old and visibly in need of attention, but younger trees are the perfect candidates for regular trimming appointments. The earlier you start training the branches to grow properly and looking for signs of disease, the more likely you are to enjoy a healthy, beautiful tree with a long lifespan.
Do you want to learn how routine tree trimming can improve the health and appearance of your trees? Warner Tree Service is always ready to answer your questions, so call 727-478-2864 for more information and dependable service.
Just like people, trees need food. They need lots of macro-nutrients and a sprinkling of micro-nutrients. Proper fertilization produces healthy, thriving trees whether they are young or mature. Young trees that receive adequate nutrition resist disease and insects as they grow. Adult trees grow faster and are stronger. When fertilized regularly, trees live longer and are healthier than their unfertilized counterparts.
Macro-nutrients include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur. Micro-nutrients include iron, manganese, zinc, copper, boron, chlorine and molybdenum. Most micro-nutrients are provided by the soil, whereas a large portion of macro-nutriments are provided by fertilizer. Most fertilizers contain a proper balance of macro- and micronutrients for general tree care.
Young and actively growing trees are most in need of fertilization. Fertilizer helps trees of all ages to resist disease, insects, and environmental challenges. If your trees are in their natural habitat, the soil will usually furnish sufficient nutrition. If your trees are from another habitat, they may require more fertilizer to help them adapt to a new environment.
From fall until spring, plants draw food from the soil, so it’s a good time to fertilize. Rather than using this food to grow, trees use the extra nutrition to strengthen their roots and build resistance to disease. When spring arrives, fertilizer helps trees to resist infection, grow, and avoid mineral deficiencies. Off-color foliage usually indicates a need for fertilizer
If your yard is fertilized regularly for turf, your trees probably won’t need fertilizing. Using a soil test kit is the best way to determine nutritional deficiencies in the soil. Warner Tree Service is a full-service tree care company. Contact us at 727-478-2864 for any tree trimming, pruning, removal or with any questions you may have.
A beloved icon of Southern culture, the majestic live oak tree is also our national tree symbol. With towering crowns of glossy green leaves and sprawling branches draped in Spanish moss, the picturesque trees are a symbol of strength and beauty all along the Gulf Coast including Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties in west central Florida.
More than 60 species of the live oak grow in the U.S. alone. Many grow to reach over 40-feet in height and 6-feet in diameter. The healthiest trees thrive when they have plenty of room to spread their roots.
Live oak trees often thrive for centuries, and when properly located and regularly cared for, they can survive for more than 1,000 years. The mighty live oak prefers a warm climate and sandy soil near a steady water source that can sustain its deep roots, which soak up nearly 50 gallons each day
The fast-growing tree can rise up to four feet each year, unfurling drooping and curving branches that are sometimes weak or reach the ground. Pruning encourages the production of strong branches and solid tree structure. It also prevents dead limbs or roof-hovering stems from becoming dangerous. While live oak trees are a hardy species, during pruning they are vulnerable to bark damage and bark beetles that spread the oak wilt disease.
The seemingly endless display of vivid green leaves and clustered acorns nurture the local ecosystem, including several types of epiphytic plants and wildlife. Although it is considered an evergreen because it does not go dormant in the winter, it commonly sheds its leaves for a few weeks during late winter and early spring. This short-term dormant season is the perfect time for transplanting and trimming back live oaks.
Contact Warner Tree Service at 727-478-2864 to learn more about how our tree care services can help your live oak trees provide shade and enhance the beauty of your landscape for dozens of years to come.
Tree pruning is an important part of keeping your yard looking immaculate. Considering the severity of the summer storms that tend to pass through Palm Harbor, Florida and the surrounding counties, it’s also critical to trim your trees to avoid safety concerns and property damage. Here’s what to keep in mind when practicing tree care and ridding your trees of their dead limbs.
While safety is the biggest reason for tree pruning, you should also trim your trees for:
In Florida, the best time to prune your yard’s trees is in the springtime before the summer begins and the strong storms start rolling in. Of course, if you notice any damaged, diseased or dead branches throughout the year, you should remove them immediately. You should also avoid trimming your trees during extremely hot or cold weather.
When pruning your trees, follow these techniques for the best results.
For more information about tree care or to schedule us to trim yours before the stormy summer season starts, contact us at 727-478-2864. Click here to read about which trees might cause the most trouble during hurricane season.
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