Living in Chapel Trail: A Guide to Proper Tree Care

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Living in Chapel Trail: A Guide to Proper Tree Care

Chapel Trail / West Pembroke Pines is a lush and beautiful community, and an integral part of its beauty comes from the trees that adorn our landscapes. As residents of this picturesque area, it’s essential that we ensure our trees are not only aesthetically pleasing but also ready to weather any storm.

Ensuring Your Trees Are Storm-Ready:

  1. Pruning: This is pivotal in maintaining the aesthetics and integrity of our trees. A tree’s biology should be understood before pruning, as incorrect techniques can cause lasting harm or even reduce a tree’s lifespan.
    • Cleaning: Remove dead, dying, or weak branches to safeguard the tree’s crown.
    • Thinning: A selective process to improve a tree’s structure, allowing for better light penetration and airflow.
    • Raising: This means getting rid of lower branches, making way for buildings, cars, pedestrians, and beautiful views.
    • Reduction: This technique reduces the tree’s height or spread, ensuring its form and structural integrity remain intact.

Avoid Harmful Pruning Practices: West Pembroke Pines residents should be wary of hiring services that employ improper pruning methods. Steer clear of terms like “Topping the tree”, “hurricane pruning”, “lion’s cut”, “hat-racking”, and “topiary” as these practices cause harm, leading to decay and unsafe future growth. They also tend to attract pests and could end up being more expensive in the long run.

Understanding Bad Practices:

  • Topping: This involves cutting branches recklessly, which isn’t a sustainable way to reduce a tree’s height and poses long-term risks.
  • Lion-Tailing: This is about removing most branches and leaving foliage only at the ends, which weakens branches and makes them susceptible to breakage.
  • Excessive Crown Thinning: Removing too much foliage from a tree can lead to decay or disease and increases the risk during windy conditions.

Moreover, topiary shaping of certain trees is considered tree abuse under the City code of Ordinances 155.673. Anyone offering tree maintenance in West Pembroke Pines should strictly follow the American National Standards Institute practices under A300.

For more insights or queries about landscaping in Chapel Trail / West Pembroke Pines, get in touch with the Pembroke Pines Planning and Economic Development Department at 954-392-2100. Don’t forget to explore the myriad of landscape resources available on the city’s website at using the keyword ‘Landscaping’.

Interested in Buying or Selling a home in Chapel Trail?

We are the Chapel Trail Experts!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Chapel Trail or West Broward area, contact Sean Ford, Broker / Owner of Skilled Real Estate. Sean lives and works in Chapel Trail and is always available to answer your real estate questions.

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