- By BILLY “the real” DEAL -
Last week many of us across Central Florida were having flashbacks of the 2002 & 2003 Hurricane season. Those of us with power watched our favorite meteorologist use world like – I-4 Corridor, Tornado Warning, Flash Flood Warning, Downed power-lines, and severe wind gusts. We watched in anticipation as the red flickering and purple bands of showers cross the peninsula of Florida.
Many tree’s were pruned by mother nature. Some property was damaged and many lost power. Click Here to continue
I, like many, have spent my time cleaning debris from my two 50+ year old Laurel Oaks. One of the large limbs decided it did not need to be attached to the tree anymore and came to rest on the azalea hedge.
The tree is coming to an end of its healthy life and needs to be taken out before it becomes a liability. But then again – it is over 40′ tall and 60′ wide full of leaves… Why would I remove such a great tree? As a Trained Certified Arborist there are signs we look for to see potential problems. The tree has been showing signs of severe branch die-back which is usually signs of a root problem. The roots of course are the anchors of the tree – and dying roots = a tree that topples over in the wind. Not Good!
A tree in the Urban Landscape does not form a true tap root. 80% of the tree’s roots are found in the first 6-24″ of soil two to four times the width of the crown of the tree. So remember when you are trying to grow your prized impatiens or turf that the tree’s roots make up most of the soil in the area. The turf and flowers will need much more water to compete with the tree roots. The relationship creates an are ripe for soil born pathogens to shorten the life of your tree. So put the annuals in a clay pot and mulch under the tree is my suggestion.. Get out and enjoy the ‘Blue Sky’s’ and cover them up with Tree’s!