Sunday, May 3, 2015

Trees and shrubs add value to your property

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Trees and shrubs add value to your property

First impressions are everything, and curb appeal is an immeasurable asset to your property. Trees and shrubs add value to your property. Well-managed trees and shrubs can save you dollars. Protecting and maintaining them saves you the future cost of removals and replacements. Tree and shrub maintenance expenditures are a wise investment because you can improve their health and appearance, while adding long-term value to your property. Tree Medic’s arborists are certified by the administering body of the tree industry, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), therefore, we offer you quality, knowledgeable service. Our efficient methods will offer you this quality at a value that will ensure your investment is growing.

Poorly kept landscapes reflect poorly on the business


When trees on a building site are not protected, they can be severely injured or lost.  The cost of removing dead or damaged trees and replacing them can increase construction costs, while decreasing property values.  Budgeting to protect and maintain viable trees increases property value that continues to increase over time.

 These trees have been taken care of over the years and reflect a positive, well maintained business.

What is considered “proper” maintenance? How do I know what company will be able to provide quality care for my landscape? And for my trees?

Proper maintenance of trees and shrubs includes 4 main areas of focus:

·       Proper pruning

·       Pest/disease control

·       Proper nutrition

·       Proper irrigation

Proper pruning of trees ensures health, signage/storefront visibility, reduction of hazards to people & property and ensures that the trees grow up into their natural size/shape. Tree Medics has pruning programs that achieve these goals, while improving the health of the plants. Pest/disease control ensures that there are little to no “unsightly” plants on the property and helps reduce potential hazards to those visiting your business. Pest control programs are inexpensive and help avoid problems in the future. Proper nutrition ensures healthy plants that improve the aesthetics of your property. Feeding your plants will help to ensure that they remain strong, vigorous and have a desirable appearance. Proper irrigation is essential. Too much water, or not enough water, causes many of the problems we see on commercial properties. Irrigation schedules need to be altered according to changes in many factors, such as: weather, type of plant, seasonal changes or the presence of certain pests or diseases. 


Our certified arborist can develop a tree preservation plan for a property before construction begins, in order to reduce the loss of valuable trees. However, in many instances, a certified arborist is called in after the first signs of a tree's health decline have appeared. There are some remedial treatments that may save some construction damaged trees. Our arborists asses the viability and potential hazards and recommend treatments. Call or visit Tree Medics today for a free evaluation of your property. We will design a cost effective program that will maintain the aesthetics of your business or home for years to come.
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Rejuvenate your declining tree with the Air Spade

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Rejuvenate your declining tree with the Air Spade  

Tree decline may be caused by many factors, such as pest infestation, disease, mechanical damages &/or soil compaction in the root zone area. Pest and disease issues are generally treatable above ground, however, soil compaction and mechanical damage to tree roots require inspection and treatment below ground. Excavation is necessary in order to inspect and repair any damages below ground, which usually involves digging with shovels or other equipment such as a backhoe.

Digging with common tools such as these will result in broken &/or severed roots, which cause major damage to the health of your tree. So, how can we excavate and uncover the roots without damaging them? The answer is to use the Air Spade tool. How does it work? As the name implies, the Air Spade uses air, under high pressure, to blast the soil away and expose the roots of the tree. Pressurized air does NOT harm even the smallest of tree roots! With this tool, we are able to excavate small, specific areas or “till” all of the soil around a tree to any radius required (much like tilling a garden).
Section of root zone excavated with the Air Spade
Close up view of roots near trunk
Notice all of the finer hair-like roots near trunk


How can this procedure help save my declining tree? In order to answer this question, we must understand a little bit more about tree roots and the soil in which they call home. First of all, tree roots grow rather close to the surface of the soil (the majority are in the upper 6”-12”). Second, tree roots require 3 things in order to survive and thrive:

1.       Water

2.       Air exchange

3.       Nutrients

Also, we must understand that the majority of a trees “feeder roots” are very small. Many of them are smaller than your pinky finger! With roots that small, it is easy to understand how easily they can be damaged while digging with common hand tools and especially by using heavy equipment.

If roots have been damaged or severed, or the soil has been compacted, the essential elements may not be getting to the roots at all. This causes the entire tree to suffer! The soil must be loose and able to allow air and water exchange, allow nutrients to leach down and also allow the roots to expand through the soil as they grow.

The Air Spade can loosen the soil and expose the roots without damage. We are able to blow the soil away and inspect the roots and find where problem roots are located for repair. We can also till the roots zone area to loosen the soil for air/water exchange, then amend the soil with rich, organic soil. By improving the soil texture, the roots begin to thrive, instead of just survive! The roots can more easily obtain and absorb nutrients in soils that are rich in organic matter.

Helping to keep your trees as healthy as possible is the main focus for Tree Medics. We have Certified Arborists on staff that specialize in tree health care. Call Tree Medics today to schedule a free inspection and evaluation of your trees. Find out how you may be able to save your trees for our next generation to enjoy!

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Identifying Signs of Stress or Decline in Your Trees

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                          Identifying Signs of Stress or Decline in Your Trees


The Tampa Bay area is rich in trees.  Nearly every homeowner has at least one or more trees in their yard and many commercial businesses have multiple trees on their properties.  Many trees are healthy and beautiful, but unfortunately some are not. Too often a Tampa tree service company is called in to remove a tree due to pests, diseases or storm damage. However, in many cases that tree could have been saved or the problem avoided altogether.  The best chance your tree may have for survival, as with your pets, is by early detection and accurate diagnosis.  

Certified Arborists may assist you in both areas, but how would you know that you needed to ask?  How would you know what signs to observe? Here are some tips to help you detect some typical tree health issues.  The more obvious symptoms are visible on the trunk:

·      Damaged or missing bark.

·      Saw dust or powder present.

·      Sap “bleeding.”

·      Multiple “pinholes.”

·      Torn or missing roots at base.

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"Bleeding" sap from Pine beetle infestation           Dieback from the tips of twigs indicates severe decline

Other signs that are found higher in the crown that may require closer inspection are:

·      Dieback at twig tips.

·      Yellowing foliage during growing season.

·      Dead/broken branches.

·      Webs on foliage.

·      Spots on foliage
tree medics                           tree medics                                   Leaf spot caused by Apple scab fungus                 Yellowing of Lemon tree foliage from nutrient imbalance

  As you can see from the pictures, there are many different symptoms that can be easily noticed, but they may not be readily identified. Having Tree Medics’ Certified Arborists visit your property will insure proper & accurate identification of the symptoms on your trees. We can then give a diagnosis & treatment plan to help your trees recover as quickly as possible. Hollow places anywhere on the tree trunk &/or branches can indicate a weak spot prone to failure with the potential to cause property damage. A thorough inspection of your trees is recommended on an annual basis.   

Upon noticing any of the signs mentioned above, it is best to have an arborist inspect the tree as soon as possible.  This will ensure the best possible chance of your trees’ survival.  Tree Medics tree care Tampa Bay provides professional inspection of your trees free of charge.  We will be working in your neighborhood in the upcoming months, and will be available to inspect your trees, or if you would like to contact us sooner, please call (941) 677-2679 to schedule an appointment or visit our website @ 


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Maintain your trees on Commercial Properties

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There seems to be a big problem keeping trees alive in these areas. I've seen several properties with declining or dying trees. Most of them are young trees, just planted within the past 2-4 years. Landscape companies do not have the understanding of trees that a Certified Arborist does and, therefore, proper care is not being given.

I know several landscapers and even they will tell you they don't know much about trees. However, they include the trees in their bids because they know that no one knows the difference. They bid the work cheaply, then only remove 2-3 small branches from the lowest section of the tree.? "Trimming" or "limbing" is not PRUNING!

That's not tree care! That's simply creating a giant shrub on a tall stick, if it lives!? Now the tree has become prone to disease and major branch failure. Not to mention the tree has been dwarfed and will never grow into it's true form or height.  Eventually, most of these trees will die, due to any of several factors, such as: poor irrigation, pests, diseases, girdling roots and trunk/root damage  from mechanical sources. 

Tree Medics also offers 10 YEAR Tree Warranties! When we plant a tree, it's guaranteed for a decade! 
Can your "landscaper" do that???

Suffering a slow, unsightly death!

They have been left standing dead for years!

Improper branch structure encourages crowding within the crown that becomes a breeding ground for pests/diseases. Would you like to see how you could be saving money on your trees AND create appreciation in property value? Tree Medics offers Tree Care Management Plans that save money and reduce risks. Long-term costs are lower and the improved aesthetics of your landscape will make a HUGE difference in the value of your property.The following trees have been properly pruned over several years:

Open crowns, good branch spacing. HEALTHY.
Visibility is enhanced, wind resistance is minimized. HEALTHY.

Contact us for a FREE Evaluation of your property TODAY!

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Care for your trees

Regular feedings, trips to the Vet, grooming & general healthcare are all a part of being a pet owner. We have to do all of these things for our pets because we, as humans, have taken them out of their natural habitat & domesticated them. The only difference between your trees & your pets is that instead of removing trees from their natural habitat we have moved into their habitat & dramatically altered it through residential/commercial construction. The trees no longer have the ability to care for themselves.

You wouldn’t dream of releasing your pet into the wild, right? Yet, without adopting & domesticating your tree, you are doing just that, aren’t you? The good news is that trees require much less maintenance than pets. Instead of a Vet, Certified Arborists , or tree doctors, care for your trees. Have Tree Medics take care of your trees, so they can enjoy long, healthy lives. Our next generation will be very glad you did.

Call for a FREE Evaluation of your trees TODAY!
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Would you like to save money on your landscape over the long-term?

Would you like to save money on your landscape over the long-term? 
Begin by properly caring for your trees in the early stages.

Like a new pet, new trees require special care during their first years - from planting through adolescence. Often, an early "Tree Care Maintenance Plan" will cost less, result in a more beautiful landscape, provide countless benefits and reduce costly risk hazards in the future.

Proper planting will help reduce many of the problems that Commercial Property Owners/Managers face in:
  • Tree loss/replacement costs 
  • Costs of attempting to correct pest, disease issues
  • Poor root health, the leading cause of tree disorders 
The roots cannot be visually inspected and therefore, problems cannot be detected and/or corrected. A Certified Arborist may be able to detect some root issues, however, they are not able to see everything without excavating the root zone. We have the proper equipment to insure that excavation of smaller trees is relatively inexpensive and very effective. 

Among the many issues found during the excavation of a declining tree's root zone are: Girdling roots that choke-out the tree's main trunk or other roots, broken/severed roots damaged during installation or construction (utilities) or other mechanical damage as well as fungus and other diseases.

If the tree first tree at top is planted "as is", it will probably end up like the following 2 pictures. Wouldn't you want to avoid this type of issue?
Trees cannot be planted with girdling roots

This may have been avoided….

This tree “seemed” healthy in the top

When a tree is properly pruned for structural integrity, it grows upright much more quickly than just "limbing up" (which causes foliage to grow like a shrub). It will be much stronger and able to resist wind/storms without breakage. Proper structure pruning is performed occasionally over a period of  several years (usually 5-10). The amount of work is generally minimal, so the cost of having this done is very low. Just 3-5 prunings in 10 years is usually sufficient to create a finished tree structure.Tree Medics has long-term plans available to fit your budget as well as short-term plans to help save existing trees.

Proper structure  pruning will help reduce:
  • The possibility of branch failure
  • Pest/disease  issues
  • Improve clearance over drives/walkways
  • Enhance visibility for signage/frontage.  

Again, like a new pet, trees are subject to many life-threatening issues that can easily go undetected and result in added costs, for example:
  • Loss of the tree
  • Replacement
  • Contribute to an unsightly landscape. 
Most cities have tree ordinances in place to regulate the care of trees and ensure they are being properly maintained. In addition, enforcement of tree ordinances may result in fines and penalties for disregarding your trees health.

Establishing a Tree Care Management Plan with Tree Medics will:
  • Help to ensure that recurring, problematic and expensive  tree costs are minimized or avoided 
Consider the long-term picture of your landscape(s).

Your property(ies) will have mature trees that are healthy and happy for many years to come.

They will require very low maintenance and you will have very few, if any, problems.

Larger, well-structured trees have stronger branching, much wider shade canopy, lower potential for pests/diseases and will display your landscape as one of the premier properties around.

For more information please visit the following links:

Young Tree Root Care  AND: Proper Structure Pruning

Contact us for a FREE Evaluation of your property TODAY!
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Who is Tree Medics?

             Greater Tampa Bay Area - 941-677-2679
Tree Medics specializes in the Diagnosis, Treatment, Maintenance and Prevention of Pest, Disease and Disorder Issues. These services are performed through a wide variety of techniques that are specific to the tree and to the site. 
As a Certified Arborist, David and his staff of tree care experts are committed to providing customers with exceptional service and "one stop shopping" for all of your tree, shrub and lawn care needs.
Residential & Commercial Services Include:
  • Soil Revitalization
  • Vertical Mulching
  • Root Zone Aeration
  • Tree Revitalization
  • Pest/Disease Treatments with:
Chemical Sprays
Soil Injections
  • New Plantings - install & maintain
  • Structure Pruning to train young trees
  • Root Pruning & root barriers to prevent root growth to landscaped areas.
  • Root/Tree Zone Barricade for construction areas.
  • Maintenance of construction area trees
  • Municipal Tree Ordinance Compliance
  • Maintenance Programs - Short & Long term care for optimal tree health.

    Call for a FREE Evaluation of your property TODAY! Greater Tampa Bay Area