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Mid-Florida Tree Service FAQs

1)  Why should my trees be pruned?
2)  Should I have my trees topped?
3)  Will moss hurt or kill my trees?
4)  Is there something you can do to keep moss growth down?
5)  How do you remove moss?
6)  Will mistletoe kill my tree?
7)  How do you get rid of a stump?
8)  Should tree cuts or wounds be treated or painted?
9)  How often do trees need to be pruned?
10)  When is the best time of year to trim my trees?
11)  Should holes or cavities be filled in my tree?
12)  Should I fertilize my trees?
13)  Do I need a permit to remove my tree?
14)  What is a grand tree?



Why should my trees be pruned?
Tree pruning:

  • promotes good branch structure,

  • can correct poor branch structure,

  • reduces potential hazards,

  • gives the arborist a chance to examine the tree more closely than possible from the ground,

  • improves overall health by removing dead, diseased, and dying branches.

Should I have my trees topped?
The short answer is no. Topping, tipping, heading back and dehorning are all terms used to describe sever cutting back of a tree's crown. It is a poor arboricultural practice and should not be used for healthy tree maintenance. 


  • destroys the trees branch structure

  • gives multiple points of entry for wood decay organisms

  • can turn your tree into a hazard, creating a liability for which you could be held responsible

  • does not limit tree growth as advertised by tree toppers.

Will moss hurt or kill my trees?  return to top

Moss is an air plant and will not hurt a healthy tree unless it over takes a tree and covers the foliage so that photosynthesis cannot occur. It is not a parasite (like mistletoe which will spread and kill a tree) it basically attaches itself to the exterior bark of a tree.


Is there something you can do to keep moss growth down?
Spanish moss and ball moss are both natural in Florida and will limit its growth in healthy trees. 

How do you remove moss?
A percentage of moss will be removed with normal pruning. In Florida it is natural to have some of this air plant in your trees. Moss can be handpicked out or sprayed out. Removing too much moss could do more harm to your tree than good and also be very expensive.

Will mistletoe kill my tree? return to top
Mistletoe is a parasite and will draw nourishment from the tree. It will kill your tree if left unchecked. 

How do you get rid of a stump?
The best and most economical way is to grind the stump down below grade. 

Should tree cuts or wounds be treated or painted?
In the past, part of the standard recommendation was to apply a generous coating of a tree wound dressing to all fresh cuts. However, research has proven that this practice works against nature's design and the tree's best interest. When a proper cut is made a healthy tree will heal on its own. 

How often do trees need to be pruned? 
For a shade tree the average cycle is 3 years. 

When is the best time of year to trim my trees? return to top

The old saying goes, "the best time to prune is when the pruners are sharp," meaning that trees can be pruned at any time of the year. However, there are some exceptions when it comes to fruit, flowering, and ornamental trees. 

Should holes or cavities be filled in my tree?
No, when you fill the holes or cavities in a tree it does more harm than good. It creates hidden space for moisture, water, and disease to build up and rot the tree even more.  

Should I fertilize my trees?
In today's urban environment, it is always good to fertilize your trees. Sick trees or trees in decline may need several applications per year. 

Do I need a permit to remove my tree?
Many trees require a permit for removal. You can contact your municipality to obtain a list of protected trees and size limits. 

What is a grand tree?  return to top

Grand trees are the gold medalists of their kind. They add more value to the community and are a tree of larger stature. These trees have special protection regarding pruning and removal. They must be reviewed and permitted by the inspectors of your municipality.

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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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