Summer in Florida is hot. It can leave our trees feeling stressed and parched. Thankfully, Land-Art Inc has the solution. We’ve created a specialized program that focuses on tree and shrub care for southern trees like palms. Here’s what we do to keep your ornamental plants healthy and happy despite the intense heat.
How To Take Care Of Trees In Florida
Palm Specific Food
Palm trees have unique needs when it comes to nutrition. Just as roses have specialized fertilizer, palms really need plant food designed specifically for them. They can be sensitive to higher amounts of phosphorus. Lower phosphorus helps palms utilize other macronutrients more efficiently. Our team understands this and will make sure to employ the correct fertilizer so that you’re left with vibrant green fronds, not saggy yellow ones.
Florida is humid, and all that moisture creates an environment that fungus loves. That’s why we incorporate fungicide as part of our tree care program. Some of the most common tree fungi we see here in Florida are as follows.
Fusiform rust is a stem disease that’s caused by a fungus. Native pine trees are especially susceptible to this disease. Common symptoms of fusiform rust include elongated “galls” that appear on the tree’s trunk. These galls will form yellow-orange blisters. When the damage is acute, you’ll find rust-colored spores in the infected trunk or branch after it breaks open. Trees infected by fusiform rust typically have to be trimmed or removed because the tree’s strength is compromised. But a preemptive fungicide will prevent this.
Caused by Ganoderma lucidum, this fungus exploits damaged areas of the tree and aggressively attacks the root system. Signs include wilting and yellowing leaves and formations known as “conks” that form on the lower trunk. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, which is why preventing it from happening in the first place is so important.
Fungicide prevents pests on the microscopic scale, while horticulture oil guards against pests we can see. Also known as “dormant oil,” these oils protect your tree by killing any eggs or adult bugs on them and preventing new bugs from setting up shop on your tree. Plus, dormant oils help plants retain moisture. You might think that shouldn’t be a problem in a place like Florida, but once the balance of moisture levels dips, it can be challenging to recover. Especially for palm trees, who like a consistent level of moisture.
Some of the tree pests we see in Florida include:
- Ash Plant-bug
- Asian Cycad Scale
- Calico Scale
- Cotton Maple Scale
- Dutch Elm Disease
- Emerald Ash Borer
- Honeylocust Plant Bug
- Magnolia Scale
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
In addition to using horticulture oil to keep the bugs at bay, we practice IPM, a more holistic approach to pest control. This includes what we call “cultural practices.” This could include things like trimming and pruning the trees and shrubs. Sometimes you can fix a problem simply by removing an infected branch. Another example of IPM is our micronutrient spray. A healthy tree is far less susceptible to diseases and pests. Part of IPM involves the tree technician keeping notes on which pests they see, how often they spot them, and whether they have a seemingly small or large population. Over time, you may need less and less horticulture oil if you keep your tree healthy. In short: IPM does not rely solely on chemicals to keep bugs at bay.
Get Tree And Shrub Care Near Fort Myers, FL
Land-Art Inc. is a tree and lawn fertilization company with over 45 years of experience. We know the unique needs of Florida trees – especially during the high heat of summer. That’s why we have a unique tree care program for our customers in Florida and a different program for trees near our Ohio offices. To get your tropical trees back on the road to perfect health, give us a call at 1.800.336.5296 or leave us a message online.
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