Frequently Asked Questions
True pruning will:
- Preserve and encourage good branch structure
- Correct poor branch structure
- Reduce potential hazards
- Give the arborist the opportunity to examine the tree more closely than from the ground
- Improve the overall health of the tree by removing dead, diseased, and dying branches
In general, every three years for shade trees. Please ask us about your specific tree.
As the old saying goes, “when the pruners are sharp.” By that, we mean that most trees can be pruned at any time of the year. However, there are some exceptions, like fruit trees, flowering, and ornamental trees.
The quick answer is no. Whether someone calls it “topping,” “heading,” “tipping,” or “dehorning,” cutting large amounts of a tree’s crown is improper pruning and it is never the right thing to do for a healthy tree.
In general, proper cuts will heal themselves and nature will take its course. However, there is a new product to apply to fresh cuts that provides many benefits. Ask us about it!
No. Filling holes or cavities in trees does more harm than good. It creates hidden spaces for moisture, fungus and disease to accumulate and rot the tree from the inside.
Not always, but for many trees, the answer is “yes.” You can contact your municipality (city or county) to obtain their list of protected trees and size limits. Sherwood Tree Service can help you obtain the required permits when needed.
Grand trees, the gold medal winners of their kind, add value to the community and are trees of larger stature. These ancient trees have been granted special protection regarding pruning and removal. They must be reviewed and permitted by the inspectors of your municipality.
Hillsborough specifies older oak trees as follows:
A Grand Oak is a tree of the genus Quercus with a trunk measuring 34 inches DBH (tree trunk diameter measurement at 4.5 feet above grade) and greater, with a tree condition rating of good or better according to the Tree Condition Evaluation Form, and with trunk circumference, height and crown measurements totaling a minimum of 175 points in accordance to the Tree Point System methodology.
We choose the most economical way, grinding the stump down below grade, that is we grind it deeper than the grass line.
Yes, the urban environment in Florida is the reason that it is always a good idea to fertilize your trees. Ailing trees or trees in decline may need additional fertilizer applications throughout the year.
There’s no need. Both Spanish and ball moss are natural in Florida and nature will limit its growth in healthy trees.