11 Sep 2020
The Risks of Hiring an Uninsured or Unlicensed Arborist

The Risks of Hiring an Uninsured or Unlicensed Arborist

Whether you need some simple plumbing work or need your roof fixed, you tend to look for a licensed professional to ensure that the job is done correctly and safely. The same goes for tree care. You want to hire an insured and licensed arborist for tree care. Hiring an uninsured or unlicensed arborist comes with risks. You want to hire a person and/or company with credentials. Our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons is experienced, licensed, and skilled individuals that are legally approved and recognized to work by the state. 

Tree work is dangerous. Tree pruning and removal requires skills and expertise, especially when dealing with trees around power lines, underground utilities and buildings. Not to mention, tree equipment is also dangerous as well. Working with trees is a risky job. You want someone certified and qualified!

It should not automatically be assumed that a tree service is licensed, so don’t be afraid to ask! If you hire a tree service company or individual without the proper licensure or insurance, you could be held liable for any damages to your trees, property, home, or for anyone-the-job injuries. You don’t want to deal with lawsuits and big bills.

If a tree service company is properly insured and licensed, they will easily be able to provide you with their credentials before taking on a job. 

Some good ways to tell if an arborist isn’t properly insured or licensed is if they don’t give a detailed description of their services, plan to use spikes to climb trees, or recommend topping your tree. If a tree service cannot explain their services or why they recommend it, this is a red flag. It’s also a red flag if the tree service wants to use spikes as it can cause damaging wounds to the tree or they want to top the tree because it leaves the tree weak and unstable.

Licensed and insured arborists have put in the time and effort to provide quality service to you. Their licenses show they know how to use professional and safe standards. 

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for customer referrals and reviews. If they are unable to give you any, they are likely not a reputable company. 

When you hire a licensed arborist, you are working with someone who knows how to work with trees, how to care for trees, and is fully versed in safety protocols. They are equipped to handle difficult situations, and can answer all your questions. 

Looking for Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl?

At Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, we are ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborists, which means we have extensive knowledge and experience caring for trees. It takes a minimum of three years of full-time experience in arboriculture to become a certified arborist. A degree in arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute is also required.

Our certified arborists at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will arrive with the proper tools, equipment, and experience to evaluate your tree(s). Our arborists will inform you of what our evaluation revealed. 

Our team can safely trim, remove, and care for trees 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  Care Specialist in Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.

09 Mar 2020
How often should you trim your tree?

How often should you trim your tree?

There’s no denying that trees on your property come with immense benefits. Healthy trees provide privacy, add great beauty to your landscape, and can even reduce noise in an urban environment. Due to these great benefits, it is essential you properly care for your trees to ensure they last for years to come. One of the most crucial steps in proper tree maintenance is tree trimming/pruning. 

From improving a tree’s beauty to increasing their sun exposure and air circulation, there are many reasons as to why tree trimming/pruning is so important. You can read more about the importance of tree trimming in our recent blog post, “Reasons to Trim your Trees.” Without routing tree trimming, you may notice your trees do not grow properly, begin to look unhealthy or that their branches begin to pose as a threat to you, your family, and property. 

Now that you understand that tree trimming/pruning is vital, you may be wondering how often you should have your trees trimmed. Although every tree is different in size, age, and characteristics, the general rule-of-thumb is to prune your mature trees every three to five years and youthful trees every two to three years. If you are unsure of the last time your tree was pruned/trimmed, you can contact a tree expert to see when your routine tree trimming appointment should be scheduled. 

Outside of your routine tree trimming/pruning appointment, below are a few additional situations where you should have your tree professionally trimmed:

  • You notice your tree’s branches are growing too close to your home.
  • You notice your tree’s branches are too close to power lines or other significant structures. 
  • You see a suspicious, ill, or dead branch posing as a threat to your property. 
  • You discover a broken branch following a storm or hurricane. 
  • Your tree’s branches are blocking a walkway.

Looking for Tree Trimming in Jacksonville, FL?

If you’re looking to schedule your routine tree trimming/pruning appointment or believe your trees could use a preventative trim, it’s time to call a professional tree company! At Bushor’s Tree Surgeons in Jacksonville, FL, our staff of Tree Specialists and Certified Arborists have decades of combined experience. Our team will arrive with the proper tools, equipment, and knowledge needed to evaluate your tree(s) and see if/when a tree trimming/pruning is needed.

 

In addition, our certified arborists know how to trim the trees without damaging the tree; we work to ensure the highest quality of tree care in the city of Jacksonville. You don’t want to accidentally harm or kill your tree due to over-trimming or trimming at an improper time, which is why you should rely on a tree specialist.

Bushor’s Tree Surgeons has been providing exceptional tree services in Jacksonville, Florida and St. Augustine, Florida for over fifty years. You can learn more about our full-service tree care company by visiting our ‘About Us’ page. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Trimming Services in Jacksonville, Florida CONTACT PAGE to set up your consultation with our team of professionals. In addition to tree trimming and pruning, we also specialize in Tree Removal, Custom Blended Fertilizers, Tree Disease Diagnosis/Treatment, Cabling & Bracing, and Stump Removal.

31 Jan 2020
Reasons to Consider Tree Removal

Reasons to Consider Tree Removal

It can be difficult to say goodbye to your beloved tree or to imagine what your property will look like without it. Unfortunately, sometimes trees can develop issues or pose a threat to your home, property, children, or pets. Considering trees have so much to offer and add significant value to your property, tree removal is often a difficult decision to make. 

Before deciding on tree removal, you should always consult with a tree specialist to see if there is a solution for your tree’s issues or if removal is the best option. While you should never make quick judgments about tree removal, you should act quickly before the problem gets out of hand and becomes a dangerous situation. The longer a dead or diseased tree is left unattended, the more dangerous it becomes to live with and to remove.

8 Reasons to Consider Tree Removal

  1. The tree is diseased or unhealthy. Take a look at the crown of the tree and the branches. Are they dying or showing other signs of tree decay? You may need to consult a professional to determine the cause and if the diseased tree can be nurtured back to health. Schedule a tree removal consultation with our team of ISA certified arborists to diagnose your tree’s condition.
  2. The tree is overgrown and dangerously close to your home. Trees grow larger over time, which is why it is vital to plant trees a safe distance from your home or valued property. If this step was never taken when planting the tree, there may be no way to keep the tree’s excessive growth at bay.
  3. The tree is damaged, split, or severely broken. Hurricanes and intense storms often cause severe damage to trees, which is often irreversible. If a large portion of the tree is damaged, it may be time to consider tree removal. 
  4. The tree is excessively dropping branches. If your tree is losing limbs frequently, you should have it inspected for disease or other structural issues. Sudden branch failure may be perfectly normal for your tree, so be sure to consult a tree specialist before taking further action.
  5. The tree is leaning toward your home, yard, or high traffic area. A leaning tree is a dangerous situation that should always be taken care of immediately. Only a tree specialist should be trusted to make a decision about removing a leaning tree. 
  6. The tree is obstructing your view of traffic. If your tree is endangering you or your neighbors’ view of a busy road, have this tree trimmed or completely removed to prevent dangerous driving conditions.
  7. The tree has lost its structural integrity. This may not be obvious to the average tree owner, so it is important to have a professional inspect your tree if you have any concerns.
  8. The tree is dead. If your tree has died, this should be an obvious reason to have the tree removed immediately.

Never attempt to remove a tree on your own. Trees are massive and require the care of a team of tree experts to handle the removal process. Our team of tree specialists and certified arborists at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons specialize in difficult-to-remove trees.

Looking for Tree Removal Services in Jacksonville, Fl?

If you want to learn more about whether or not you should have a tree removed, contact our certified team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons to schedule a consultation. 

Bushor’s Tree Surgeons is a tree service company in Jacksonville, Florida, and services customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Our team offers five-star tree removal services in Jacksonville, 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. 

 

08 Jan 2020
5 Reasons to Hire a Certified Arborist

5 Reasons to Hire a Certified Arborist

There are many reasons why you should consider hiring a certified arborist to care for your trees. Not only does an accredited arborist have years of training and experience working with trees, but he/she is knowledgeable about the science behind tree care, planting, and maintenance.

What is an Arborist?
A certified arborist must go through training, education, and accreditation by the International Society of Arboriculture. Being an ISA Credential Holder means that you are dedicated to your profession and community.

  • Services Arborists Provide
    Arborists provide many useful services and have the knowledge and experience to get the job done right. Some services an arborist can provide are:
    Tree Trimming and Pruning to improve health, aesthetic, or safety
    Tree Cabling and Bracing to increase stability and avoid tree removal
    Tree Diagnosis to identify diseases and tend to health issues
    Tree Stump Removal to restore your property to its former glory
    Tree Removal when necessary for safety reasons

Five Reasons to Hire a Certified Arborist

  1. No tree specialist is more dedicated to their work, trees, and community than an ISA certified arborist. Going through the process of becoming a certified arborist is not required to be considered a tree specialist. However, getting certifications shows that a tree specialist is fully committed to the health and care of the trees they work with.
  2. ISA Certified Arborists have extensive knowledge and experience caring for trees. A minimum of three years of full-time experience in arboriculture is required to become a certified arborist. They must also acquire a degree in arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.
  3. Properly cared-for trees will increase the value of your home and property. Mature trees and attractive landscaping will make your property more appealing to buyers or tenants. Great landscaping will often increase the value of your home more than a kitchen or bathroom remodel.
  4. They are adequately trained in how to safely remove trees while using the right equipment and avoiding any damage to your home or property. Certified arborists are equipped to handle difficult jobs due to storm damage and storm clean-up. You can see how our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons was able to help with clean-up efforts after Hurricane Irma.
  5. They are trained in how to diagnose tree diseases and problems. Just like people, trees can contract infections and diseases. A certified arborist has the knowledge and ability to diagnose your tree’s illness and suggest the best economical solution to ensure the health and survival of your tree.

Looking for a Certified Arborist in Jacksonville, Fl?

If you want to learn more about how a certified arborist can help you care for and service your trees, contact our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help.

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.

03 Dec 2019
Winter Tree Maintenance Tips from a Jacksonville Tree Care Specialist

Winter Tree Maintenance Tips from a Jacksonville Tree Care Specialist

Although winters are less severe here in Jacksonville, Florida compared to other areas of the country, tree care during winter should never be neglected. Many plants and trees can survive in frigid conditions, but taking a few extra steps to protect your trees will ensure their survival and health this winter season. Follow these helpful tips on pruning, watering, and wrapping to keep your trees happy, safe, and warm.

Tree Trimming and Pruning

The dormant season is a great time to schedule tree trimming and pruning for a few reasons. As your trees lose their foliage, it becomes easier to identify sections of the tree that need to be trimmed. Your arborist will have a better understanding of what needs to be pruned. Some trees can’t even be pruned unless they are dormant because of the risk of spreading disease. Just like your trees, many diseases that harm trees are inactive in the wintertime. This means pruning when it is cold out, decreases the risk of spreading disease to other parts of your tree. Contact our team of certified arborists to handle any and all pruning and tree trimming needs.

 

Hydration and Mulching

Trees need plenty of water even in the colder months, so be sure to provide your trees with proper hydration. Water trees thoroughly throughout the fall season to make sure they are ready for the cold months. One way to keep your trees hydrated throughout the winter season (and all year long) is to cover your trees’ roots with mulch. Mulching helps your tree conserve water for more extended periods of time. Make sure you water your trees before the temperature drops into freezing. Watering your trees in freezing conditions causes frost and ice and could do more harm than good.

 

Wrapping Trees

Most trees can survive the colder temperatures in Florida pretty well, but there are some that might need a little extra protection. Younger trees and trees with thin bark should be treated with extra care through the winter months. You may want to consider wrapping your trees to prevent damage from frost and ice. If you are going to take the time to wrap your younger trees, be sure to use frost cloth from your local gardening store. You will want to contact a tree care specialist to ensure the safety of your more vulnerable trees.

 

Winter can be tough on our trees and plants, but taking a few extra steps to ensure their safety can make a huge impact on the health and longevity of them. Follow these tips and watch your trees grow and blossom when spring comes around.

 

Looking for a Tree Care Specialist in Jacksonville, Fl?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding keeping your trees healthy this winter season, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons to schedule a consultation and find out what the best next steps for your trees would be. 

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. 

28 Oct 2019
How to Tell Your Tree Has Structural Damage

How to Tell Your Tree Has Structural Damage

Structural damage in trees can be a serious concern for your tree’s health and for your family’s safety. From overgrown branches and damaged roots to disease and decay, there are many ways a tree can become structurally unsound. Don’t neglect a structural issue and risk damaging your property. If you are unsure or concerned that your trees might have structural flaws, read the following tips from a professional Jacksonville tree service company

 

Dead and Damaged Branches 

One of the simplest ways to tell if your tree has any visible structural flaws is to inspect the branches of your tree. If they look, dead, broken, or weak that could be a sign that something is wrong.  Maybe your tree took some unnoticed damage during hurricane season. Look closely for any cracks, splits, or wounds and use binoculars to get a closer look at the damage. 

Dead branches can be especially harmful to your tree’s health. A decaying branch can take years to fall and in that time spread decay to nearby branches and even the trunk. This could lead to a bigger structural or health issue for your tree. A dead or damaged branch can be hard to spot if you’re not a tree surgeon. If you suspect a dying limb might take over your tree, call a tree service for an inspection. 

Root Damage

One of the leading causes of structural damage in trees is root damage. While root damage can be difficult to diagnose since you usually can’t see them, there are other ways to tell if a tree is suffering the effects of damaged roots. A tree with damaged roots will not have the ability to absorb water from the soil as it should. This will lead to dead limbs, diminished foliage, and stunted growth in its limbs and trunk. It will oftentimes take several years to see the effects of root damage so you might not know your tree’s roots were ever at risk of being injured. Because root damage takes a while to be noticed, have a tree service inspect your trees annually. If anything is of concern, your tree service will spot it. 

Leaning Trees  

Trees that lean sharply to one side could be a tremendous threat to your property’s safety. When a tall tree is affected by severe winds, it may develop a permanent tilt to one side, endangering anything or anyone below. A lone tree is more at risk of wind damage than many trees planted together. The effects of harsh winds on a tree standing alone are worse than a tree surrounded by others. A leaning tree is a threat to your home and your safety. If a tree is leaning too close for comfort, call your local tree service. 

Widened Crown

One common issue among trees in backyards and urban areas is widening crowns. Some trees that don’t have to compete for sunlight develop wide, massive lower branches difficult for the tree to accommodate. This can lead to a structurally unsound tree that is in danger of falling. Calling a tree service company to inspect your tree and decide if it should be trimmed or pruned is a great way to avoid an overburdened tree and keep it safe and secure.

 

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. 

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.

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.