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Florida’s Rainy Season and Your Trees

Florida’s Rainy Season and Your Trees

(What to Expect & Look out for)

Florida’s rainy season begins every year around the first of May and lasts until about September. The official Storm Season or Hurricane Season kicks off about a month later on June first. While rain is a vital part of keeping trees and plants healthy, however, too much of a good thing can become problematic. Our experienced arborists have a few tips for keeping your trees strong and healthy this rainy season!

What Makes a Tree “High Risk” with Heavy Rainfall?

Naturally, Trees will always pose some level of threat, it’s impossible for anything to be 100% safe. However, the point of working with an ISA Certified Arborist is to make you, the tree owner, aware of the potential risks and provide a plan or options for reducing those risks. Knowing those risks is the first step!
Examples of trees that are at higher risk with heavy rainfall;
  • Trees with compacted soil
  • Trees with exposed roots
  • Trees with a top-heavy canopy
  • Trees that are leaning to one side
  • Trees growing in restricting spaces (i.e. sidewalks)
  • Trees of a certain type (i.e. )

FYI: “To make sure your trees can withstand strong winds this hurricane season, Andrew Koeser, a UF assistant professor of environmental horticulture, suggests using the services of an expert certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).” UF|IFAS

How Can I Protect my Tree(s)?

In the end, we all want safe trees! So, getting them healthy is step one to getting them safe. We recommend contacting an ISA Certified Arborist (Contact ours here) for an evaluation. An experienced arborist will be able to provide a thorough assessment with recommendations on how you should move forward to achieve healthy and safe trees.
Tips from ISA Certified Arborists on reducing your risk;
  • Get your tree(s) evaluated by an ISA Certified Arborist.
  • Regular pruning of dead or decaying tree limbs.
  • Overall canopy reduction
  • Mulching and/or irrigation to improve soil conditions around the tree.
  • Cable and bracing may be necessary to reinforce the tree.
  • Don’t ignore signs of disease, decay, or rot.
FYI: “Homeowners should really hire professionals to do the work,” he said. “Working aloft or on a ladder with a chainsaw is something best left to the professionals.” UF|IFAS
While there’s no such thing as a completely risk-free tree, an ISA Certified Arborist can provide you with a plan of action to properly care for your existing trees so the reward for keeping them far outweighs the risk.

“Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns.” 


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Our team exists to provide exceptional tree care using the best practices for the tree and our client’s needs. Not only are our arborists experienced, trustworthy professionals, but they have taken their craft a step further to become ISA Certified. As a team, we seek to provide you with solutions that keep you, your family, and your property safe. We hope, by delivering on our promises, to gain your trust and develop a long-lasting tree care relationship with you! We serve both commercial and residential properties located in Lake Leesburg, Lady Lake, Fruitland Park, The Villages, Wildwood, and Oxford, FL.

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