We offer the following services:
Fully Insured/Workers Compensation
(certificate available directly from our insurance carrier upon request)
Free Professional Estimates
Estimates can be done on site (when the homeowner is not available) or by appointment when the owner of the property is home. Some of our clients want to walk us around their property and go over everything, while others simply need their trees trimmed and want us to prepare an estimate - this can be easily done while the homeowner is away. We are flexible, we ask specific questions and we prepare very detailed estimates so there are no misunderstandings about the work to be completed. In addition we guarantee our work. If our client is not satisfied we will return and do what needs to be done in order to make sure everyone is happy. We always provide our customers with a hard copy of their estimates however, we are happy to call you with our estimate figures upon request.
Landscape trees require a higher level of care than their forest counterparts to maintain their health. Correct pruning will provide that and also give your trees natural grace and beauty.
Young trees which are properly pruned will grow into strong trees with the correct shape for your landscape and require less corrective pruning as they mature. Mature trees should need minimal structural pruning and only minor maintenance pruning to improve their appearance and promote good health. This is done by removing dead and damaged branches and thinning to reduce weight allowing wind penetration and promoting sun filtration.
Proper pruning is crucial to the health of your trees. Improper pruning can cause life-long damage or even shorten the life of your tree. Topping is an example of improper pruning and something that we never do. More than 25 years of research and experience by the tree care industry has proven topping to be very harmful to trees, yet it is still widely used. Topping stresses trees, creates a hazard tree, causes decay and is much more expensive in the long run.
Town of Jupiter, Florida Tree Pruning Code:
Because trees are vital to the environmental health of our community, they are protected by ordinance under the Town of Jupiter Code, Chapter 23-87 entitled, “Landscape Maintenance” and Chapter 26 entitled, “Vegetation and Environmental Preservation”. These ordinances set minimum standards for tree pruning and set restrictions on tree removal. The Town of Jupiter requires that all tree pruning be performed in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Standard for Tree Care Operations. This ordinance will help to ensure that trees are properly pruned for strength and structure by requiring a minimum level of competency for tree trimming operations. This is good for the long term health of the trees and for the overall health and welfare of the community. For more information, contact the Natural Resources Coordinator by telephone at 561-741-2446.
You should protect your investment in your landscape by hiring an arborist that understands and employs proper pruning techniques.
Trimming & Thinning
It is a known fact that tree trimming enhances a tree's natural shape and beauty as well as the quality of your surroundings. Trimming your trees also raises your property value and adds charm and beauty to your neighborhood. Proper trimming will improve the general health of your trees, extend their lives and allow them to flourish.
Tree trimming is done to train younger plants, rejuvenate older plants, improve overall appearance, control size and create special forms. Trimming is also performed to prevent personal injury and property damage by providing clearance between roofs, walls, telephone lines, utility lines and any other buildings or structures. Preventative seasonal trimming can minimize tree and property damage during tropical storms and hurricanes.
When a mature tree becomes densely branched, it can cast too much shade and be susceptible to wind damage. Thinning the branches allows the canopy of your tree to spread allowing more light to filter to the ground and improve air flow through the foliage.
Our professionals know what proper practices should be used for your specific tree care needs. We will apply the necessary practice while keeping in mind your objectives. Trees respond in specific and predictable ways to maintenance practices. Careful study of these responses allows us to implement practices which best preserve and enhance the beauty, structural integrity and functional value of your trees. Only Trees is prepared to serve all your immediate trimming and thinning needs in a timely and efficient manner and can provide routine maintenance on a regularly scheduled basis.
Mangroves are tropical plants that are adapted to loose, wet soils, salt water, and being periodically submerged by tides. Three species of mangroves are native to Florida: Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), Black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) and White mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa).
Mangroves can grow rapidly and often form dense thickets that block the view of the water for waterfront property owners. For this reason, many property owners have already cut their mangroves to improve their view of the water, and many more would like to cut mangroves to get a view they do not currently enjoy. Unfortunately, some cutting of mangroves has not been done in conformance with all applicable state and local regulations. If not done properly, trimming can harm or kill mangroves. While this might maximize a view of the water, many people do not realize that killing or harming mangroves can have many unintended adverse consequences to the benefits mangroves provide. The Florida Marine Research Institute has reported an 86% loss of mangroves in Florida since the 1940’s. With his has been a loss in the productivity and quality of many of our nearshore waters.
The law regulating the trimming and alteration of mangroves (The Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act) was amended by the 1996 Florida Legislature and became effective July 1, 1996, replacing all previous state regulations regarding the trimming and alteration of mangroves. The Department of Environmental Protection (department) has been given the responsibility of implementing the new law. No herbicide or other chemical may be used for the purpose of removing leaves of a mangrove.
There are several styles of trimming that can provide a pleasing view of the water - windows, hedging and undercutting. While hedging is the form most commonly used, it often is the most environmentally damaging. Other alternate styles can provide a view in a manner that is less stressful to the mangroves and may require less maintenance. Whatever style of trimming you choose, consider a style that can be maintained with the least loss of leaves resulting from the trimming activity.
In nearly all circumstances a permit is required for mangrove trimming, Only Trees can facilitate this permitting process for you (for a fee). We also offer mangrove trimming as well as free estimates/consultations, and we have a certified mangrove trimmer on staff.
Only Trees specializes in hazard trees requiring technical aerial work and rigging. While our maintenance programs can often prevent the need for tree removal, here in Florida where hurricanes, tropical storms and high winds can create tree injuries and uprooting, causing a need for total tree removal. Depending upon nature’s fury, even well kept trees can succumb to hurricane winds and torrential rains requiring removal of such trees because they have become a danger to life and limb.
Our removal services include the removal of dead, dying and diseased trees and limbs; removal of trees damaged or fallen as a result of high winds, tropical storms and hurricanes; removal of trees with decayed trunks or root rot; stump grinding and stump removal; and complete clean-up of the job site.
We have the skills and equipment to handle any removal. We are also fully insured for your protection and ours.
Do you want to get rid of stumps without tearing up your property with heavy equipment? Try digging one out yourself and you won’t look forward to the second! Stump grinding is the answer.
Stump grinding is the most cost effective way to remove stumps and minimize the amount of damage to your property. In most cases, once we are finished, there is no sign that equipment was ever on your property. Our modern stump grinding equipment is light, maneuverable, quick, and non-intrusive.
Fertilization & Nutrition
Trees have basic nutritional requirements that are necessary for survival. Trees have other basic nutritional requirements that are necessary for proper development. Nothing, including trees, can live with out carbon, hydrogen or oxygen; fortunately these three things can be obtained from the air. The other elements needed by trees for proper development must be obtained from the soil.
Trees in urban and suburban environments are often under high stress conditions due to low moisture availability, soil compaction, physical damage, nearby construction and competition from turf and other nearby trees and shrubs.
Fertilizer (plant nutrition) is no substitute for environmental factors, such as sunlight and water, which must be in balance if a tree is to develop its full potential. Trees that are healthy and growing vigorously are less susceptible to attack by insects and diseases. An application of fertilizer may, in some instances, improve the tree's resistance to infestations of certain pests.
Whether you are looking to fertilize to newly planted trees, transplanted trees or established trees, Only Trees can assist you in developing a plan for the nutrition of your trees.
Diagnosis & Pest Control
The presence of insects and disease on your trees is more often a result of some other problem affecting your plants which is making them vulnerable to attack. In most situations, healthy, vigorous, well maintained trees are resistant to outbreaks of insects and disease.
Although some pests attack healthy trees, it is more the exception than the rule. Many factors influence the presence of disease and pests in your landscape including: host/target species; site conditions; environmental stress, such as drought; past pruning practices; current plant health; environmental stress, such as drought; and history of pesticide use.
Management of insect pests and disease rarely relies on a single control practice. Tactics used in integrated pest management include the use of pest resistant or tolerant plants and cultural, physical, mechanical, biological, and chemical control. Applying multiple control tactics minimizes the chance that insects will adapt to any one tactic.
Simply spraying to control an insect problem may get rid of the insect, but usually does not address the underlying problem. Through practices that promote healthy plants, we can help reduce the number of problems your trees might otherwise experience.
If you suspect pest infestation or simply need a preventative maintenance plan, Only Trees is here to help.
Consulting Certified Arborist
Certified Arborists are tree care specialists dedicated to excellence in the field of Arboriculture. They are highly qualified in the care of your valuable trees and shrubs with knowledge of the most up-to-date advances and proven age-old techniques.
To qualify as a Certified Arborist, an experienced tree care professional must pass an extensive examination developed by an international panel of experts in the industry and academia. The International Society of Arboriculture maintains this voluntary certification program (...more info)