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Mid-Florida Tree Service FAQs



Why should I have my trees pruned?
Tree pruning:

  • preserve and encourage good branch structure,

  • correct poor branch structure,

  • reduce potential hazards,

  • give the arborist the opportunity to examine the tree more closely than from the ground,

  • improve the overall health of the tree by removing dead, diseased, and dying branches.

Is tree topping healthy for trees?
The quick answer is no. Whethere someone calls it "topping", "heading","tipping" or "dehorning", severe cutting from large amounts of a tree's crown is poor aboriculture and it is never the right thing to do for a health tree.

Topping, Heading or Dehorning:

  • destroys the tree's branch structure

  • opens multiple access points for wood decay organisms

  • may yeild a hazardous tree, leaving you liable. You could be held responsible for injury or damage caused by the tree.

  • it doesn't limit tree growth, no matther what the tree topping companies tell you

Is moss a danger to my trees?  return to top

No. Moss is an air plant. It will not damage a healthy tree unless it overtakes a tree, covering the foliage so that photosynthesis does not occur. Moss is not parasitic like mistletoe, which will spread and kill a tree, it simply attaches itself to the exterior bark of the tree.


Is there something you can do to keep moss growth down?
There's no need. Both Spanish and ball moss are natural in Florida and nature will limit its growth in healthy trees. 

How do you remove moss?
Normal pruning removes some moss. It is natural to have some Spanish Moss in your Florida trees. Moss can be handpicked or sprayed out, but the effort of removing moss could do more damage to your tree than any possible benefit and also be very costly.

Will mistletoe kill my tree? return to top
Yes! Mistletoe is a parasite, robbing vital nourishment from your tree. It will kill your tree if not removed. 

How do you remove a stump?
We choose the most economical way, grinding the stump down below grade, that is we grind it deeper than the grass line.

Should tree cuts or wounds be treated or painted?
In the past, this was part of the standard recommendation, apply a liberal coat of tree wound dressing to any fresh cuts. Recenly though, research has shown that this actually works against nature. When a cut is made properly,a healthy tree will heal by itself. Let nature take care its course.

How often do trees need to be pruned? 
In general, every three years for shade trees. Please ask us about your specific tree.

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

As the old saying goes, "when the pruners are sharp," by that, we mean that most trees can be pruned at any time of the year. However, there are some exceptions, like fruit trees, flowering and ornamental trees. 

Should holes or cavities be filled in my tree?
No. Filling holes or cavities in trees does more harm than good. It creates hidden spaces for moisture, fungus & disease to accumulate and rot the tree from the inside.  

Should I fertilize my trees?
Yes, the urban environment in Florida is the reason that it is always a good idea to fertilize your trees. Ailing trees or trees in decline may need additional fertilizer applications throughout the year. 

Do I need a permit to remove my tree?
Not always, but for many trees, the answer is "Yes". You can contact your municipality (City or County) to obtain their list of protected trees and size limits. Mid Florida Tree Service an help you obtain the required permits when needed.

What is a grand tree?  return to top

Grand trees, the gold medal winners of their kind, add value to the community and are trees of larger stature. These ancient trees have been granted special protection regarding pruning and removal. They must be reviewed and permitted by the inspectors of your municipality.
Hillsborough specifies older oak trees as follows:

A Grand Oak is a tree of the genus Quercus with a trunk measuring 34 inches DBH (tree trunk diameter measurement at 4.5 feet above grade) and greater, with a tree condition rating of good or better according the Tree Condition Evaluation Form, and with trunk circumference, height and crown measurements totaling a minimum of 175 points in accordance to the Tree Point System methodology.

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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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