Archive for 'Diagnoses'

Vines on trees

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Question: We have Oak trees in our development and some of the home owners planted ivy and have hanging plants from the limbs. Is there any rules
restricting this type of plantings around oak trees in Florida.

 

Chuck’s Reply:

I know of no rules or ordinances regulating hanging plants and vines in Florida unless some homeowners’ assocation has them in their convenants. But some precautions are in order:

The hanging plants are not much of a problem as long as the method of attachment ...

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Risk Assessment on Historic Miami Beach Trees

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Miami Beach working on plan to preserve trees on Pine Tree Drive
MiamiHerald.com
Arborist consultant Chuck Lippi has proposed that 15 trees be removed. He said an additional 106 trees need corrective pruning to remove dead, …

 

Curious mix of historic invasive trees. Only in Florida. — Chuck

 

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Root Bound Tree Struggles

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Root Bound Tree Struggles

In October I was asked to visit a property in Jacksonville to determine the cause of the declining live oak that had been planted by a nursery in March, seven months earlier. The tree was experiencing drought stress indicated by a extremely dry rootball and dieback in the crown in spite of a summer of abundant rainfall and regular irrigation.

I performed a root crown excavation with a hand hoe and soon discovered the tree had been planted too deep while ...

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Strangling a Live Oak

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Strangling a Live Oak

We had an unusual experience on a root crown excavation the other day on a 41-inch DBH live oak located near a couple houses built 17 years ago on a wooded pennisula that sticks out into the Intracoastal Waterway at the south end of the Guana-Tolomato Wildlife Preserve north of St. Augustine. The construction impacts were minor on all the trees in the area and there have been no signs of construction-related problems on the trees with the exception of ...

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Unexpected Intruder Creeps into Tovar House

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In late July the plaster at the interior northwest comer of the Spanish colonial Tovar House (also known as “the cannonball house” next to the Oldest House) suddenly popped open. Historic preservation architect Ken Smith immediately called upon structural engineer Jude Kostage of Atlantic Engineering Services to tell us how drastic the problem was.

The news was not so bad. A tree root had squeezed itself between the coquina stone of the house wall and the plaster. Growing to an inch ...

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