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Can a fallen tree be saved?

In Florida, our trees have to survive a constant source of dangers. Those potential dangers include wood eating insects, fungal infections, seasonal drought, sudden floods and strong winds.

All too often in the Sunshine State, flooding rain and high wind come together, either due to tropical weather systems, or just our typical afternoon thunderstorms. Even when rivers aren't overflowing, the ground can become saturated, thereby weakening the tree's anchor point and allowing it to blow over.

If a large tree is uprooted, there is normally little that you can do to save it. Larger trees have extensive systems of roots that don't just draw water & nutrients from the ground, but also anchor the weight of the tree's trunk and branches. Uprooting does significant damage to this root system, and the remaining intact roots are not sufficient to anchor the tree or draw in the water and nutrients the tree needs. Major breaks in the branches, limbs & even the trunk can occur when the tree strikes with the ground as well, opening it up to moisture loss, insects and infection. For very large trees, the sheer size and weight if the tree can also be problematic in being able to get the tree upright again.

While smaller trees also suffer damage when uprooted just as large trees do, they do not have such a massive root structure, so a larger portion of the tree's roots may remain intact in the uprooted root ball. Similarly, the smaller size of the tree results in less damage to the trunk and branches since there is not as much mass and weight present when the tree falls. This is not to say that every small tree will survive being uprooted, but with proper care a small uprooted tree does at least have a chance of recovery.

Replanting an uprooted tree must be done carefully to avoid damaging the tree's roots and branches further. Lifting the tree back to its original position, avoiding twisting or turning the tree is key so that that the roots are not further damaged.

Once replanted, the amount of care that you give a tree plays a major role in whether or not it recovers. Professional pruning of the tree to remove any broken branches, while not removing more than necessary is crucial. Knowing how much water to give and when to begin to fertilize are key to its survival. It’s best to put the tree into the hands of trusted professionals. Having a company like MidFlorida Tree Service with not only tree removal experts but certified arborists on staff working for you is one the best decisions you can make.

If you have a tree down on your property and you'd like to know if it's salvageable, or if you already determined that it's beyond help and needs to be removed, let MidFlorida Tree service help you remove or suggest recovery options for the fallen tree.
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Tim Jones FL-5450A
Tom Conte FL-5463A
Mid Florida Tree Service offers tree trimming and tree pruning to the Central Florida area. Hazardous tree removal, lot clearing, stump grinding and root pruning and root removal are also offered. site map 2 3. Service is provided in Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk County including Tampa , Temple Terrace, Plant City Brandon, Lutz, Ruskin, Zephyrhills, Dade City, Land O Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Brandon and all of Tampa Bay. Certified Arborists who clean up after storm damage, help expedite hurricane recovery. 24 hour Emergency Service. Free estimates for Tree Work. Palm Tree Trimming & removal. Oak Tree Preservation. Florida's Trees are a valuable resource to be protected. When one must come down, trust an experienced company to prevent damage to other property. ISA Certified arborist are on staff.
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