01 Oct 2019
4 Ways to Tell a Tree is Unhealthy

4 Ways to Tell a Tree is Unhealthy

Most people don’t know all the signs of an unhealthy tree. While you see the trees on your property every day, you may not know exactly what to look for when determining their health. Trees don’t become unhealthy overnight. They decay and lose their health over time. 

It’s important to take notice of how your tree is growing in order to maintain its health. An unhealthy tree can be potentially dangerous to your home, property, and person. If your tree is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, it may be time to call your local arborists.

 

Leaves

Leaves promote the health of the tree; after all, trees gather most of their nutrients through their leaves. They are also a significant indicator that something may be wrong with the tree. When a tree loses a significant amount of leaves either all over or in a particular area, that may be a sign the tree isn’t healthy. Leaves that are growing smaller than normal or are an unusual color could also be an indicator that the tree isn’t doing well. 

 

Broken and Weak Branches

One or two broken branches aren’t bad. But if there is an excessive amount of broken branches, your tree has a problem. During the winter or even during the storm season, it can be hard to determine if a tree is healthy by looking at its branches. It’s normal for those seasons to be hard on trees. But if you feel that the tree is losing branches excessively, it’s time to have the tree inspected.

 

If it’s Leaning

This is a slightly obvious sign of tree health. Healthy trees should be standing straight. Leaning trees are a big indicator that the health of the tree has declined. A tree should be able to support the weight of its branches. If it’s starting to lean, it means the tree can no longer handle its own weight. An arborist will be able to make a plan to potentially save the tree.

 

Abnormal Fungi

Healthy trees don’t have a lot of fungi or mushrooms growing on them. Fungi is different from moss which simply uses the tree to grow on. Trees start to decay from the inside out. Fungus feeds off of dead tissue. So if you spot fungus or mushrooms on a tree, that’s a sign that the tree has already begun dying.

 

Looking for Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl? 

If your trees are exhibiting any of these symptoms, it’s time to call a Jacksonville arborist!

Our certified arborists at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will arrive with the proper tools, equipment, and experience to evaluate your tree(s) and determine if branches close to or over your home are a risk. Our arborists will inform you of what branches should be trimmed or removed. We believe in saving trees, but we also believe in keeping your home safe. Sometimes removing an unhealthy tree is the best decision for your home and the surrounding landscape.

Our team can safely and easy remove tree branches from trees overhanging on your property. We know how to trim, relocate, and care for trees so that they will be healthy year-long. 

 Bushor’s Tree Surgeons is a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and services customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Service Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists. 

29 Aug 2019

How To Clean Up Tree Debris After a Storm

It’s the time of year when everyone is getting prepared for storms, particularly hurricanes. While you’re stocking up on canned goods and water, you should also learn how to clean up debris from your trees after a storm. Learning what to do after a storm can make you feel more prepared when the storm comes. While learning how to clean up is important, you will also want to have the number of a tree care service in your area in case there is tree damage you can’t clean up on your own.

Inspect the Damage

The first thing to do after a storm is to inspect the damage. Inspecting will help you make a plan for the best way to clean up your yard. You will also need to check on how trees that haven’t fallen or broken are doing. While you’re inspecting the damage you will also be checking for problem trees that could cause damage if there is another storm. Check to see if any trees are leaning, it might be a sign of root damage.

Cut Large Pieces Into Smaller Ones

If a large tree limb or an entire tree falls in your yard, cut it into smaller pieces. Large pieces are hard to move. Cutting the tree into smaller pieces will make it easier to move and dispose of.

Trim Small Branches

If your tree has damage on some of its smaller branches after a storm, bust out some of your repair tools and trim the branches. Trimming damaged branches can ensure your tree’s health in the long term. Trimming those branches will help your tree grow back and heal after it is damaged.

Call the Professionals

If there are trees leaning on one another, large limbs or trees that have fallen on your home, car, or another part of your property, call a tree care service. A tree care service will be able to remove the tree without further damage to your property. Arborists can also determine if your trees are still healthy after a storm.

Looking for Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl?

If you’re looking for post-storm services for your trees or branches, it’s time to call a Jacksonville arborist!

Our certified arborists at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will arrive with the proper tools, equipment, and experience to evaluate your tree(s) and determine if branches close to or over your home are a risk. Our arborists will inform you of what branches should be trimmed or removed. We believe in saving trees, but we also believe in keeping your home safe. 

Our team can safely and easy remove tree branches from trees overhanging on your property. We know how to trim, relocate, and care for trees so that they will be healthy year-long. 

Bushor’s Tree Surgeons is a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and services customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Service Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists. 

 

16 Jul 2019
What Can You Do If Tree Branches Are Hanging Over Your Home?

What Can You Do If Tree Branches Are Hanging Over Your Home?

Trees are beautiful and they can add a lot of value to your property; however, trees can also grow very large and stand tall over your home and pose a risk to you and your home. In general, trees are an asset for your property. Besides adding value, trees provide shade, beauty, and a cool breeze on hot days. If you live in an older home, you likely have older, taller trees that have branches, which are hanging over your home. Hanging branches can be dangerous when they hang over your roof, garage, and cars.

Overhanging branches are always a risk when over your home or part of your property. Why are these branches such a problem? Overhanging branches can scrape your roof shingles and strip layers of asphalt off. These branches can drop a lot of leaves into the gutter, which can lead to leaks, deterioration, and mold. These branches can also break and fall onto your roof, windows, garage, cars, your neighbor’s property, or even hit a person.

How can you avoid these overhanging branches? First, try to never plant a tree too close to your home. Now, if you already have a large tree with overhanging branches, you need to maintain the tree by consistently trimming the branches. Trimming branches close to your home can be a hard task. If you aren’t comfortable with trimming a tree, you risk dropping a branch onto your home and causing damage to your property. Also, most homeowners do not have the proper equipment, tools, and ladders to trim branches. A tree care professional is equipped and trained in all types of tree trimming, so he/she can safely trim branches that are close to your home.

Branches can fall at any time for many reasons. Strong winds. Hurricanes. Tree diseases. If you have a hanging tree branch, be proactive. Get the branch trimmed or at least get the branches and tree evaluated so you know the health and strength of the tree.

Looking for Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl?

If you’re concerned about a tree or branches on your property, it’s time to call a Jacksonville arborist! Our certified arborists at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will arrive with the proper tools, equipment, and experience to evaluate your tree(s) and determine if branches close to or over your home are a risk. Our arborists will inform you of what branches should be trimmed or removed. We believe in saving trees, but we also believe in keeping your home safe.

Our team can safely and easy remove tree branches from trees overhanging on your property. We know how to trim, relocate, and care for trees so that they will be healthy year-long.

Bushor’s Tree Surgeons is a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and services customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Service Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.

14 Jun 2019
Is it Bad if Mushrooms are Growing at the Base of a Tree?

Is it Bad if Mushrooms are Growing at the Base of a Tree?

Mushrooms can be found growing in lots of places. As you know, some mushrooms can even be eaten and enjoyed! However, if you see mushrooms growing at the base of your tree, is it a bad thing? While not all fungus is bad, one type of mushroom fungus you should look out for is honey fungi.  

Honey fungi are mushrooms that are yellowy brown in color with a white ring around their stems. They grow in clusters and have a flat top. They can be found at the base of trees or growing around a tree’s roots. They even smell sweet.  

Although they may look harmless, honey fungi can make a tree develop problems. These fungi can cause a tree’s leaves to be smaller and paler; it also can cause the tree to have an early leaf drop and change the growth of flowers and fruit. Usually, with honey fungi, you will also see a white fungus appear underneath the tree’s bark.  

Honey fungi commonly grow around oak, birch, and fruit trees. It spreads underground. Over time, this type of fungus decays a tree’s roots and can even kill the roots. It eats away at the bark on the roots and base, which can make the tree unstable. Sadly, once this fungus has penetrated the roots, it can be hard to control.  

How Can You Avoid Bad Fungi Growth?

Whether it’s honey fungi or another type of bad fungi, there are some things you can do to help prevent their growth.  

  1. Don’t overwater your trees.  
  1. Trim and remove dead and diseased branches fast.  

Honey fungi cannot be treated with fungicide and picking all the fungus won’t get rid of the problem since the fungus grows and spreads underground.  

If you see mushrooms growing at the base of your tree, your best bet is to call on a tree specialist to check on the health of your tree and make sure the fungi growing is harmless.  If it is a bad fungus, you may risk losing the tree. You don’t want this fungus to spread to other trees in the yard. Also, there is a chance the tree can be saved, and the tree specialist can transplant the tree.  

Don’t ignore fungi! The earlier you catch it, the better chance your tree has to survive!  

Our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons can determine quickly if your tree is being affected by a fungus. We will know if the fungus is “good” or “bad.” If you’re worried about your tree, call us! Even if your tree isn’t showing signs of damage or distress, you want to make sure your tree isn’t suffering in silence.  

Our team of arborists will help your tree and work hard to save it, if possible. If the tree is too far infected, we will remove the tree.  

Hire a Tree Service in Jacksonville, FL

Don’t let your trees suffer! Our Bushor’s Tree Surgeons team will evaluate your potentially sick tree (or trees) and let you know how damaged they are and if they can be saved.  

We have four certified arborists on our team who know how to care for trees in distress in Florida and the Jacksonville area. We can spot good and bad fungi easily.  

We’ve been in the tree business for more than 50 years. We give our clients the highest quality tree care in the Jacksonville area. If you need a diagnosis of conditions for your trees, Bushor’s Tree Surgeons are at your service.  

We are a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and service customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. We offer tree trimming, tree removal, stump removal, diagnosis of conditions, and tree disease treatment. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Jacksonville Tree Service contact page to learn more and set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.  

 

16 May 2019
How a Drought Can Affect Your Trees

How a Drought Can Affect Your Trees    

In Florida, droughts often happen during the dry season, which is in the winter. Throughout Florida, the dry season has brought up hundreds of wildfires all across the state due to the trees and forests being so dry.  

What does a drought do to your tree? Trees need water to thrive and survive just like humans. When a tree lacks water, it can become weak, damaged and may even die. Trees that are already weak may not stand a chance against a drought. Whole forests can be burned up because of a drought. When severely dehydrated, a tree is not healthy and cannot fight off pests, weather damage, and diseases.  

On average, if a tree experiences stress from a drought, it can take five years (or more) for the tree to recover. In some cases, trees can never recover from a drought. A drought can keep a tree from growing or keep a tree in a dormant state. Many trees stressed from a drought often never fully grow.  

A tree specialist knows how to handle any type and size of tree – they’re experts in tree care! Tree specialists, like our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, have the right equipment combined with years of experience and skills.  Our job as tree specialists is to keep your trees looking good and feeling good all throughout the year. We will always strive to save and care for your trees and help you with all your tree needs whether big or small.

How Can a Drought Damage a Tree?

A drought can cause both short-term and long-term damage to a tree. Short-term damage a tree can experience from a drought includes leaf scorch, defoliation, and wilting. Long-term damage can experience from a drought includes branch die-back, stunted growth, and death. You may not even notice damage to your tree until three years after the drought occurred, believe it or not.  

If your area is going through a drought, it’s important to consistently monitor your trees. Keep your tree’s roots moist as much as you can, unless there is a water ban. Water your trees as much as the ban will allow. Weed regularly so the weeds aren’t stealing water from the trees. Put nutrients into the soil, if lacking, to help the tree stay strong.  

Our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons can determine quickly if your tree is under stress from a drought. If you’re worried about your tree, don’t ignore it. Even if it isn’t a drought and your tree is showing signs of damage or distress, you need to get help for your tree. Our team of arborists will help your tree through its stress and work hard to save it. If the tree is too far gone and is dying or dead, we will recommend the removal of the tree.  

Hire a Tree Service in Jacksonville, Fl

Don’t let your trees suffer! If a drought has passed and your trees still aren’t looking OK, you’ll want to call a tree professional. Our Bushor’s Tree Surgeons team will evaluate your potentially-stressed trees and let you know how damaged they are and if they can be nurtured back to health.  

We have four certified arborists on our team who know how to care for trees in distress in Florida and the Jacksonville area.  At Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, we know and love trees, and we do what it takes to keep your trees from having to be removed. We’ve been in the tree business for more than 50 years.  We give our clients the highest quality tree care in the Jacksonville area. If you need a diagnosis of conditions for your trees, Bushor’s Tree Surgeons are at your service.  

We are a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and service customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. We offer tree trimming, tree removal, stump removal, diagnosis of conditions, and tree disease treatment. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Jacksonville Tree Service contact page to learn more and set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.  

15 Apr 2019
Should I Trim My Own Trees or Call a Professional?  

Should I Trim My Own Trees or Call a Professional?  

You can easily trim your own trees, right? After all, how hard can it be? A few snips here and there will have your tree looking great again – so you think.

Although tree trimming may not seem like the hardest job, there is a strategic method to the process. It’s not good to haphazardly cut branches off your tree. A few wrong snips can compromise the health of the tree. In fact, you can even kill your tree from over-trimming or trimming the wrong branch.

Rule of thumb is to never trim more than 15 to 20 percent of a tree in one tree-trimming session. While this is a great guideline, how do you know what branches to cut and which to leave alone? This is where a professional comes in.

Reasons to get Your Trees Professionally Trimmed

Tree trimming isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s also about the health of your tree. You can help keep your tree healthy year-round by giving it a proper trim. Trimming a tree helps get rid of dying or damaged branches; it also helps relieve weight from the tree. You want the tree to focus on giving nutrients to the healthy parts of the tree and to never be under stress.

If you are really not sure where to begin, call a tree professional/arborist. He/she knows exactly how and when to trim all the different varieties of trees in your yard. A tree specialist knows if a tree needs to be trimmed or not, how much, and what branches are healthy and unhealthy.

In order to trim your own tree, you also need to own the proper equipment. You should own pruning shears (hand pruners) for thin twigs under an inch. For thicker branches up to two inches in diameter, you need bypass loppers. Loppers are great for flower and fruit trees. For high branches, you need a pole pruner to help you reach up to 15 feet.

Buying the proper tools is an investment and if you’re willing to purchase this equipment, great; however, just because you have the right tools doesn’t mean you’ll cut the tree right. It can also be extremely nerve-racking and dangerous to cut/attempt to cut branches near power lines, over cars/roofs, branches that are very thick and branches that are incredibly high.

A tree specialist knows how to handle any type and size of tree – they’re experts in tree care! Tree specialists, like our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, have the right equipment combined with years of experience and skills.  Our job as tree specialists is to keep your trees looking good and feeling good all throughout the year. We will always strive to save and care for your trees and help you with all your tree needs whether big or small.

Hire a Tree Service in Jacksonville, Fl

If you’re staring at your shears and don’t know where to begin, you’ll want to call a tree professional. Our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will evaluate your trees and let you knows which ones need trimming and how often.

We have four certified arborists on our team who know how to properly trim all types of trees found in Florida and specifically the Jacksonville area.

At Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, we know and love trees, and we do what it takes to keep your trees thriving. We’ve been in the tree business for more than 50 years.

Our team ensures the highest quality of tree care in Jacksonville. If you need tree trimming done on your property, Bushor’s Tree Surgeons are at your service.

We are a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and service customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. We offer tree trimming, tree removal, stump removal, diagnosis of conditions, and tree disease treatment. Call us at 904.731.9100 or click our Jacksonville Tree Service contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.  

 

13 Mar 2019

Why Are My Tree’s Leaves Burnt?

Most trees have green leaves. Even though Florida doesn’t experience beautiful fall season with foliage like New England, trees still go through cycles. Leaves bud, grow, and die. Leaves can turn different colors before they fall off a tree. It’s normal for a tree’s leaves to change color and fall off, if new leaves come back.

Now, what does it mean if your tree (or trees) leaves look burnt or burned? Burned leaves are much different than leaves that have turned brown.

Facts About Leaf Scorch

A tree with burned-looking leaves likely has leaf scorch. Leaf scorch is a non-infectious condition due to the environment. It isn’t caused by a fungus, virus, or bacteria. Instead, leaf scorch is caused by high temperatures (common in Florida), dry winds, and low-soil moisture can lead to leaf scorch. Lack of nutrients, such as iron and manganese, can make a tree have leaf scorch, as well.

The sun and the high temperatures can burn the leaves. The leaves are dehydrated and start to shrivel if experiencing leaf scorch. If a lot of water evaporates from the leaves, the tree is not able to give enough water for the loss of the water, so the leaf tissue begins to die.

Young trees, trees under stress, and trees with diseases are more likely to develop leaf scorch. Although any tree can get tree scorch, certain trees are more susceptible including oak, birch, Norway maple, Japanese maple, sugar maple, ash, beech, horse chestnut, white pine, viburnum, flowering dogwood, rhododendron, linden, and alpine currant.

You can first spot leaf scorch between leaf veins, along leaf margins, and on the tips of leaves. The leaf will usually turn brown without any yellowing prior. If the leaf scorch is extreme, the leaves will curl. You will find scorched leaves more commonly on a side of a tree exposed to more wind and sun. Leaf scorch may not be the same across the entire tree.

If you see leaf scorch, it could mean a few different things. The tree may need to be moved – it may be receiving too much sunlight or exposure to win. Other leaf scorch causes could include exposure to prolonged hot temperatures, high winds, little rainfall, damaged roots, soil compaction, poor drainage, nutrient-deficient soil. Some diseases and insect infestations can cause things to happen to the tree that could lead to leaf scorch, but they do not cause leaf scorch.

If you have a healthy tree that develops leaf scorch, your tree can likely survive. If there is little rainfall and high temperatures, you need to need to water the tree deeply every 10 to 14 days. You can hold moisture in the soil by mulching around the trees. Keep up with tree trimming throughout the year so the tree isn’t focused on nurturing dead or damaged or unnecessary branches. Fertilizing your tree and testing the soil can also help keep leaf scorch at bay throughout the year.

A certified tree specialist/arborist can come and evaluate your tree to determine what is causing the leaf scorch and if it can be saved.

Your leaf-scorched tree likely needs professional help – you don’t want to hurt the tree more.

Call on Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl


If you’re noticing burned leaves on your tree (or trees), you’ll want to call a tree professional to evaluate your tree(s) as soon as possible. Leaf scorch is a sign your tree is in distress – the earlier you address the problem, the more likely your tree can be saved.

Certified arborists know how to properly treat leaf scorch and will let you know if the tree needs to be removed.

Our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will find out what is causing the leaf scorch and fix the problem, whether the tree needs to be transplanted or needs more nutrients in the soil.

At Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, we know and love trees, and we do what we can to bring your tree back to life. We’ve been in the tree business for more than 50 years, and we know how to keep trees strong and healthy all year long.

Our four certified arborists ensure the highest quality of tree care in Jacksonville. If your tree has leaf scorch or seems to be in distress, we will come up with a plan to treat the tree or remove it.

If you need help with any tree on your property, Bushor’s Tree Surgeons are at your service. We are a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and service customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. We offer tree trimming, tree removal, stump removal, diagnosis of conditions, and tree disease treatment. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Jacksonville Tree Service contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists. 

15 Feb 2019

What Is Sudden Branch Drop Syndrome?

Just like you and me, trees are living organisms; meaning they can get sick, go through cycles, have problems, or experience unexplained issues.

One “condition” or “syndrome” a tree can have is sudden branch drop syndrome, which is exactly how it sounds. The tree drops branches onto the ground, suddenly. When this occurs, you cannot tell if another branch will fall again or not. If your tree dropped a branch or branches, this can be unsettling. You don’t want anyone or anything to get hurt. However, is sudden branch drop syndrome bad? Is the tree sick? Is it dying? Is this a normal thing for a tree to do?

Facts About Sudden Branch Drop Syndrome

  • This syndrome is also known as sudden limb failure.
  • It is known to occur often during the summer season, especially on hot days.
  • The branches don’t fall from a storm or extreme wind – the branches fall, for seemingly no reason, on a calm day.
  • A limb will break about three feet from the trunk of the tree due to its heaviness from this syndrome.
  • The drop can occur up to 12 feet away from the trunk, which makes this syndrome extra dangerous.
  • Branches that go through this syndrome are usually long and horizontal.
  • Older trees go through this syndrome more than younger trees.
  • Tree specialists and arborists have not been able to determine the exact cause of this syndrome.
  • Some professionals believe this syndrome is caused by bacteria.
  • Some professionals believe this syndrome is caused by moisture build up.
  • Oak, elm, beech, redwood ash, sycamore, and eucalyptus trees are known to have sudden branch drop syndrome more than other varieties of trees.
  • If a tree has been through this syndrome, it is likely to lose another branch this way again.

Call on Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl

If you’re noticing a tree or trees dropping branches, you’ll want to call a tree professional to evaluate your tree as soon as possible. Sudden branch drop syndrome can be hazardous to you and your property.

Certified arborists know how to identify sudden branch drop syndrome and will let you know if the tree needs to be torn down.

Our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will see if any other branches are compromised or weak. We will also check to see if the tree is under stress.

At Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, we know and love trees, and we do what we can to save the tree on your property. We’ve been in the tree business for more than 50 years, and we always strive to help you with all your tree needs.

We know how to care for Florida trees. Our four certified arborists ensure the highest quality of tree care in the city. If your tree has sudden branch drop syndrome or another disease, we will come up with a plan to treat the tree or remove it.

If you need help with a tree, Bushor’s Tree Surgeons are at your service. We are a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and service customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. We offer tree trimming, tree removal, and tree disease treatment. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Service Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.

11 Jan 2019

Why Is There Water Coming Out of My Tree?

Trees love water. Whether from the sky, a watering can, or a hose, you should water new and old trees throughout the year. Trees need water to thrive and survive. However, what does it mean if you see water coming out of a tree? Did the tree receive too much water? Is the tree drowning? Is the tree signaling for help? Is this normal? No, it’s not normal. If you see water leaking out of your tree, your tree is in fact sending out an S.O.S. – it wants your help. Your tree is hurting and needs attention.

Reasons Water Comes Out of Trees

If your tree is leaking water from the trunk,, there is a good chance your tree has bacterial disease called wetwood, also known as slime flux. This disease enters and seeps out of the trees in a liquid form that looks like water. It’s not usually a little liquid either. You will usually see a decent amount of liquid/water all on the trunk.

If your tree has missing bark, any wounds, broken parts, this is where the disease enter the tree. Once inside the tree, the disease/bacteria (called anaerobes) produces a gas. This gas builds up in three tree and once the pressure becomes too much a liquid pours out of the bark. Initially, the liquid will look clear, but it will change into a brown or yellow liquid that both smells and stains the tree. The bacteria can multiply and spread for many years within the tree before you even notice the tree is sick. Other bacteria, insects, and fungi may feed on the dripping slim, which will also make the smell worse.

Although this disease can affect any tree, it attacks mostly maple, birch, oak, elm, and poplar trees. The liquid is usually toxic to most plants so if it drips onto the grass, the touched grass will likely die.

The healthier the tree the better the chance it can fight off and beat the disease. If your tree was sick and weak before getting this infection, your tree may begin to break, and the leaves will turn colors.

There is no cure for bacterial wetwood, but if you find out your tree has this disease, you need to keep it as healthy as possible, so it can live with the disease. A tree can live for many years with the bacteria. Never rip or peel off the bark. Give your tree lots of water. Make sure nothing big or heavy (cars or machinery) is hitting the trees or roots. Do not place compacted soil or mulch right up against the base of the tree.

Need Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl?

  
If your tree is leaking (and it’s not sap), it’s time to call a tree specialist to evaluate if your tree has bacterial wetwood. Certified arborists know how to care for trees with diseases and will let you know if the tree needs to be torn down.

We will do our best to manage the disease within the tree, so the tree can remain as healthy as possible. At Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, we know and love trees. We know what it takes to keep a tree alive. We’ve been in the tree business for more than 50 years, and we always strive to save and care for your trees and help you with all your tree needs.

We know how to care for Jacksonville and Florida trees. Our four certified arborists ensure the highest quality of tree care in the city. After looking at your trees, we will create a care plan and let you know if the tree is too sick to remain in your yard or not. We will find a solution that makes your yard look better while also keeping the tree healthy.

If you need tree help, Bushor’s Tree Surgeons are at your service. We are a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and service customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Service Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists. 

18 Dec 2018

How to Deal with Above Ground Tree Roots

Trees are beautiful, especially when taken care of; however, trees’ roots aren’t as aesthetically pleasing. Not only can roots be unsightly, they can also be a hazard, invasive, and make it hard for you to maintain your yard.

Should you just cut the roots? No! A tree needs its roots. Veins are to humans as roots are to trees. Roots deliver all the water and nutrients to the tree so it can grow and live each day. If you have a tree (or trees) in your yard with a lot of exposed (and large) roots, there are some solutions.

As a tree services company, few tree professionals know the trees of Greater Jacksonville as well as we do. We know exactly how to care for roots (exposed and not exposed). For this article, we wanted to share with you some tips on how to deal with above-ground tree roots.

Tips on Managing Your Tree’s Roots

  • Cover or “hide” the roots with mulch. You can cover the roots with two to three inches of much. The mulch acts as a protective cover to the roots, while also giving the roots moisture. Under the mulch, your tree and yard with have a more refined and polished look.
  • You can also cover or “hide” roots with gravel (or little rocks). Before placing down the gravel, put landscape on top of the roots. Then, pour two inches of gravel on top of the roots. Under the gravel, you will be creating a completely different look for your yard.
  • Don’t put topsoil on the roots. The roots will suffocate and get dehydrated. Roots can also grow through topsoil, which defeats the purpose of using it.
  • Do not cover a tree’s roots with concrete. The concrete will also cause the roots to suffocate and become dehydrated. Just like topsoil, roots can break through concrete, so if you just laid down a new path or patio, it will eventually have cracks all through it from the roots growing.
  • Don’t cut roots that are wider than two inches, because these roots are what help keep the tree strong and stable.
  • Do not cut roots near the base of the trunk; these roots also keep the tree stable.
  • Never cut more than 20 percent of your tree’s exposed roots at one time.

It’s in your best interest to hide the roots and not cut them. One or two wrong cuts could be devastating for your tree. There are certain situations where it is necessary to cut a tree’s roots. For example, if a tree’s roots are growing into a driveway or home and compromising the structure, the roots will have to be cut back.

If you are nervous to hide or cut the roots of your tree or you are unsure of what to do with your tree’s roots, leave it to Jacksonville tree specialists! Our certified tree arborists know exactly when and how to cut a tree’s roots. We also know how to properly cover a tree’s roots, as well.

Need Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl?

If you’re sick of looking at ugly roots in your yard, it’s time to call the tree professionals. At Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, we know and love trees. We’ve been in the tree business for more than 50 years.

We know how to care for Jacksonville and Florida trees. Our four certified arborists ensure the highest quality of tree care in the city. After looking at your trees, we will formulate a care plan and let you know if the tree’s roots should be cut or just hidden. We will find a solution that makes your yard look better while also keeping the tree healthy.

If you need tree help, Bushor’s Tree Surgeons are at your service. We are a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and service customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Service Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.