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.

18 Jun 2018

Reasons to Trim Your Trees Throughout the Year

Just like the flowers and shrubs in your yard, your trees need some TLC too! Throughout the year, trees need to be maintained through trimming and pruning. Not only does tree trimming make the tree look better, it keeps the tree healthier, as well. In fact, tree maintenance has a lot of benefits for you and the tree.

Our team at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons offer tree trimming and pruning services to keep your trees healthy and attractive. For this article, we wanted to share with you some reasons you should get your trees trimmed throughout the year.

Benefits of Tree Trimming

  • Branches, especially dead or weak branches, can break or fall at any time. A falling branch is a safety hazard. A branch could hurt you, a loved one, a car, your home, or your neighbor’s property.
  • Tree trimming can help promote the structural integrity of the tree.
  • Tree trimming makes your tree more aesthetically pleasing.
  • Tree trimming promotes growth in the tree.
  • Tree trimming helps you shape the tree, so it fits a certain space in your property.
  • Tree trimming helps reduce shade.
  • Tree trimmings helps reduce wind resistance.
  • By trimming a tree, you can promote flower or fruit growth and production.
  • You can save a tree that just when through a bad storm through tree trimming.
  • Through tree trimming or pruning, you can help treat a tree that has a disease and prevent the disease from spread further.
  • Tree trimming helps give you a better view of things from your property. You may not want a tree to block your view of a lake or mountain by your home.
  • Through regular tree trimming and pruning, you are helping the tree from growing weak branches.
  • Tree trimming helps increase sun exposure and air circulation for the tree and all the flora under the tree and its canopy.
  • Tree trimming can make your property look bigger and more open.

There are different kinds of pruning a tree professional can do to your tree. Fine trimming is just removing small limbs to help improve the tree’s overall appearance. A standard trim involves more heavy cutting to help the tree’s branch structure. Hazard trimming/pruning is when branches are removed for safety concerns.

Tree specialists know when to trim your tree based on its variety, location, and the time of year. Our certified arborists know how to trim the trees without damaging the tree; we work to insure 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.

Looking for Tree Trimming Services in Jacksonville, Fl?

If you’re looking to get your trees trimmed, it’s time to call a Jacksonville arborist! Our arborists at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will arrive with the proper tools, equipment, and experience to evaluate your tree(s) and get the job done! Our arborists will inform you on how we are trimming the trees on your property, and how often they should be trimmed.

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 Trimming Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.