Growing together: 

   As important as building a personal &

   trusting relationship with our client is, 

   it's the understanding of what the

   urban landscape environment is  

   communicating to us that creates the

   value of our growth together  

   We strive to build honesty driven

   integrity & be the voice between

   what the landscape needs & what

   the client wants.

- TREE -

Q:​Why hire an arborist to diagnose and perform work on the primary living elements, which are trees, on your property or estate?

​A: Lets point out an example at this moment - if you own or would like to own a highly calibrated piece of machinery such as a super car or an Aston Martin would you have a general or under-qualified mechanic work on it. My answer would be no... An arborist is literally defined as a specialist in the care of individual trees and their health. Come to think of it, arborists are extremely knowledgeable, light years above the common contractor in this industry, about the needs of trees and arborists are trained and equipped with the  knowledge to provide proper care for the foreseeable health and the existence of trees. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial return. Well cared for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. If a tree is in need of assistance our arborists are here to help.  

Q:What is the difference between a free estimate and an In-depth consultation?

A: A free estimate is quite straight forward, a free quote on work to be performed as requested or simply identified onsite by one of our arborists. DNA Tree Arboricultural Solutions will utilize a systematic approach to diagnosing problems, researching solutions, providing specialized and well articulated feedback and options for care, not just an arbitrary guess. An in-depth consultation is a verbal tree or landscape health assessment that utilizes our understanding of a true 360% approach, recognizing and understanding the full relationship of all facets of tree health care and urban environmental health care that depend on each other for optimal results. The health assessment is performed by a certified professional with high qualifications, knowledge, and an unbiased opinion. If a written report is desired it can be provided separately. The helpful information gained by a proficient consultation will help you save future maintenance coasts, increase your landscape performance and better educate you on your landscapes needs and requirements.  

Q:Do you conduct landscape design and installation services? 

A: Yes. We work with a variety of landscape architects to assist in the conceptual design and implementation of a wide range of planes that aid in the most strategic and creative concepts in an successfully drive, environmental centric manner. We are extremely conscious of the designs that have been executed over the years throughout Florida and we hold ourselves responsible for delivering landscape installations that have the beauty of growth and realistic imagination in mind.

Q:What can be done to protect my trees from becoming damaged during construction?

A: As we know, construction work can be very damaging or even fatal to valuable trees on your property. DNA Tree Arboricultural Solutions can map out a safety zone and will recommend ways to protect or enhance tree health before you start your construction project. PROTECTING THE ROOT ZONE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF PRESERVING A TREE IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE. If damage has already taken place, we will evaluate your tree and recommend the best available options.    

Q:What is the big deal about trimming trees?

​A: First, the correct term is prune. This translates into a knowledgeable professional accurately removing limbs from a tree for specific reasons. Trees are long lived organisms which are constantly growing. When pruning a tree of any age, it is crucial to determine growth habit and how the load of the tree is supported by the limbs. Pruning addresses removal of weak, competing or dead limbs. The term CODIT is utilized within the tree care industry and the term means ; compartmentalization of decay in trees. This term is very important when considering where to make a cut on a limb. Trees do not heal their wounds in the sense of forming a protective scab.  Rather they compartmentalize the wound from within. The importance of this, relates to the long term health of the tree. Any pruning cut is a wound and those wounds made at the appropriate site are able to be compartmentalized. Wounds made elsewhere, such as topping cuts, are not able to compartmentalize, and decay will spread quickly through the trunk and down into the root system. Decay in the trunk and roots may lead to tree failure, and if a target such as a building or traffic area is within reach of the tree, then these circumstances result in a clear hazard. Just because something has been done the same way for years, does not mean it is the correct way to do it. 

Q:Why is my tree losing leaves?

A: There are many reasons a tree will shed its leaves. In some cases leaf loss is seasonal. Even the so called Live Oak will shed leaves. Much like humans replacing our hair, a tree will replace its leaves. Some trees will lose leaves after flowering. All the energy spent in the production of flowers will tax the reserves of the tree, and leaves are the machine that generates that energy and as they are used up they drop. For the most part leaf loss is a natural occurring event. Out with the normal leaf loss, there are diseases, insects and physical circumstance which result in leaf loss. Without the examination of the tree by an arborist, or even a horticulturist, diagnoses of the particular cause is difficult.

Q:Is it okay to have grass growing right up to the trunk?

A: The general answer is NO. Anyone who has walked through a forest, or even seen photographs of a forest, will note, very few if any trees with turf growing up against the base of a tree. Turf grass in particular is detrimental to the health of tree roots. Not only does turf contribute to soil compaction, but the maintenance of the turf results in damage to tree roots. The roots of many trees will grow near or on the surface, and the constant damage caused by mowers injuring the roots will contribute to tree decline. It is important to note, it is far easier to replace poor quality turf, than to replace a large tree.

Q:I have seen roots growing around the trunk of my tree, is this harmful?

A: Easy one, yes. The roots you see growing around the base of your tree are termed, girdling roots. These roots restrict the ability of the tree to move nutrients and water up and down the tree. Much like a human if you restrict your breathing by placing your hands or on object around your neck, it makes life uncomfortable. With a tree, these roots can be removed, but it does require a degree of ​knowledge to know which roots to be removed, and where to prune them.

Q: What can I do about tree roots pushing up my sidewalk?

A: This is not an easy question. The first thing that comes to mind, the tree may be planted to close to the sidewalk. If the tree is small enough it is possible to transplant it. But more likely a tree that is impacting a sidewalk or any structure will be to large to transplant. Pruning of the roots is possible based upon several factors, including species of tree, size and health of the tree. There are materials that can be incorporated into a site which repel tree roots. It is very important to properly evaluate what the consequences will be of pruning tree roots. Roots are not the just the conduit for nutrient and water transportation, but they anchor the tree in the ground. Once tree roots are pruned there can be less of an anchor, and in high winds or a hurricane this can become a serious problem.

Q:Why is my tree not growing?

A: Okay, great question, all plants require elements to grow. The proper soil type, or profile, adequate light, water and nutrition. And of course, the tree must be able to grow within the climate zone you are growing it in. In the urban landscape the soil conditions are more often then not, the culprit for poor tree growth. But backing up a bit, it is important to know how long the tree was in a container before it went in the ground, and what steps were taken when it was planted. Planting depth is very important. When you look at a tree growing naturally in a native environment, the tree begins at the ground with swelling at the base. This is called the trunk flare. If a landscape tree is planted too deep, or soil or excessive mulch is mounded up against the trunk, then the tree is unlikely to thrive. Trees have specialized cells within specific parts of the tree, and all require specific conditions to function. If a tree is planted too deeply, the cells at the base of the tree are not able to function, and the tree will suffer, and senescing is probable. Nine out ten times a visual examination is necessary to determine the cause poor tree health.

Q:How do I choose a tree for my front yard?

A: Peach of a question. The real question is, can your front yard support the tree you want? Trees are such a valuable element of any landscape. Care must be exercised in tree selection. How will the presence of a tree impact your landscape? Not just your landscape, but how will the presence of a tree impact your home? Many trees are available for the urban landscape, and the critical elements for plant selection apply for trees just as they would for the inclusion of any living organism within a closed system. If you go to a box store, or even a nursery, just remember, while they may well be knowledgeable people, they are in the business to sell products, and in very few instances will they come out to your landscape to understand how this cute little tree you are hauling home in your Prius will fit into your front yard.                                                                           

​- PALM -

Q: Why should my palms not be HURRICANE-CUT?

A: There are many reasons why palms shouldn’t be hurricane cut. Our primary concern is that they have an increased potential to become unhealthy, to say the least. Pruning or cutting palms in this manner weakens the palm in such a way that it reduces essential protection to the heart of the palm, which is the centurial mechanism and supportive element of life. When palms are hurricane cut, an open wound is created that allows various pathogens and pests to harp on this tender area - eventually gaining axes and exasperating the health of the palm. If a palm is suffering from a nutrient deficiency, it can amplify the negative effects of the deficiency; resulting in an extended recovery time or total palm failure.

Q:Should I be concerned if some of the fronds on my palm tree are yellowing?

A: Yellowing of palm fronds is definitely as cause for concern. A palm fronds will naturally change color from yellow to brown as the frond carries out its lifecycle and the palm has no use for the frond. Nutrients is then translocated to the next layer of fronds as newer fronds are created, developing at the highest point of the palm. However, when palm fronds are prematurely yellowing and staying yellow this could indicate a range of nutrient deficiencies. If the deficiency is not properly identified and treated the palm becomes extremely susceptible to severe pathogen or pest impact. 

Q:I don’t understand why some fronds on my palms look shriveled up, undeveloped and slightly deformed. What is this showing and should i do anything about it?

A: Wonderful question! When palm fronds show any of these characteristics, the palm tree is encountering a nutrient deficiency and is declared nutrient deficient. Now, depending on the type of deformity that is present and where the deformed fond is located on the palm this will help with identifying what type of nutrient the palm tree is deprived of. Nevertheless, immediate action should be taken to reestablish the proper balance of nutrient your palm requires.

Q:I noticed many of the palms on my property have white spiral circles on the underside of the fronds and there is black sooty mold on the surface. What does this mean and should any actions be taken? 

A: This is a clear case of Spiral WhiteFly Infestation, which is also the culprit of the black sooty mold found on your palm fronds. The Spiral White Fly is, as it’s name suggests, white and they tend to group together, nest and feed on the succulent nectar of certain palms. As a result to the White Fly feeding, there is an accumulation of excrement that turns black, dries up and acquires a moldy appearance. However, a method of control should definitely be implemented to stope the spreading of the Spiral White Fly as soon as posable. The Spiral White Fly is not easy to control... Our arborists have a few proven methods they can utilize to getting this tricky pest under control.                                        

Frequently Asked Tree & Palm Service Questions

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Areas of Service: Tree Care, Tree Health Assessments, Preservation and Conservation, Air Spade, Tree Injections, Root Remediation, Tree Inventories, Root Zone Mapping, Root Barrier Systems, Planting and Transplanting, Lightning Protection, Pruning, Stump Removal, Site Planning and Supervision, Palm Care, Palm Pruning, Palm Injections, White Fly InoculationsNutrient Inoculations,  Lethal Yellowing Inoculations, Organic Services , Landscape Services, and much more...

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