Tree Care Tips

GREEN MONKEY TREE SERVICE KNOWS HOW YOU LOVE TO KEEP A BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE AND GARDEN SO WE WANT TO GIVE YOU SOME HELPFUL TREE CARE TIPS.

THE AVOCADO TREE

Is a pretty tree and a great shade for the home.  The tree gorws fast so as all other trees you want to plant them 15-20 feet from the house. 

They grow best in well drained soil but too wet will create root rot. If just planting them, create a hole 2 inches bigger than the rootball with compost or peat moss and manure. After planting create a 2-3 inch layer of mulch.

BALD CYPRESS TREE

If planting or own a Bald cypress tree, you want to plant it 15-20 from the your home. 

the Bald Cypress grows in wet or dry soils. if planted in a dry area, create a berm and add 2-3 inch mulch layer.

Best if planted in wet areas like the lake.  The trees establish quicker, but do not submerge rootball in water.

 If its in a dry area feed in march and june for the 1st three years. Prune during the winter months

TABEBUIAS

You might want to plant this small golden beauty tree near to the door where you can accent it with sun-loving plants. Plant them in late February-June for root growth in spring. keep the tree moist,water everyday for the first few weeks gradually water when needed. then feed four to six weeks after planting. feed once in March and once in June 

COCONUT PALM

The coconut palm blooms with delicious  fruit or seeds all year round. Mature height is 50 or more feet by 30 foot crown. And they don’t like the cold weather. If planting. Plant in early summer and in areas where the large crown won’t be crowded and roots have good drainage. Lay the palm sideways with 2/3-1/2 of the husk buried. Keep mulch moist. Fertilize 3 lbs of fertilizer every 4 months around the base and water it in. during first year, and 2-3 times thereafter.

FLORIDA ROYAL PALM

has a more lean uniform look but everything else is like the Roystonea Regia. These are tall palms to plant alone or in clusters and are ideal for a street or large landscapes. Newly planted, should be kept moist till the roots begin to grow out. make sure soil doesnt thoroughly dry for several seasons. once established water once a week or when soil is dry. Fertilize in March, June & October using a 16-4-8, 8-4-12 or similar fertilizer with adequate potassium and nutrients needed for growth.

SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA

One of many FLORIDA home landscape favorites is the
SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA with its beautiful foliage and white fragrant flowers. This evergreen tree provides shade for the hot summers and is a wind breaker in the winter.

BANANA TREES

Like plenty of water, but be careful not to let it stand in water and cause stem rot.  Mulch only AFTER plant has become established and start leafing.

THE GUMBO LIMBO

is known by it’s red to silver-red sculptural bark and trunk. A mature Gumbo limbo native tree provides alight to to high shade. In late winter it loses it’s leaves and new growth begins in February or March. THE GUMBO LIMBO TREE   is easy to maintain but not recommended for children to climb (so no tree house with this one) branches are fragile. keep it sprayed with chemicals for white flies.

CABBAGE PALM

 Also known as Sabel Palmetto.  This palm has history to tell. In the early american native days the palm leaves were used for making hats, baskets and roofs. It has also been a source of food.

Mature height 40 feet x 10 feet. locate where it is away from electrical wires and at least 5 ft away from sidewalk and driveway. the cabbage is very drought tolerant and tolerates moist soils.

The Dwarf Palmetto Sabal grows to 6 feet tall. 

THE BLACK OLIVE TREE

good for a large yard or open area, they are not resident trees, they stain driveways and are a bit of a mess. I believe there
are 14 different kinds, 7 males & 7 females.

THE CRAPE MYRTLE

Flowers are outstanding in Summer and Fall but in the winter the leaves fall so if you do not like looking at bare branches you may want to plant other shrubs with it.

feed your trees in the spring with some all purpose plant food, Feed best after the winter months like August or September. If you feed after, you will have growth but probably not for next winter.

PHOENIX CANARIENSIS

named after where they’re from canary islands Palm require full sun, medium watering and pretty tolerant when mature. They grow to 40-50 feet. Spread 20-40 feet. Trunk is upto 48 in. in diameter. flowers are small white blooms in branching upto 6 ft long. Fruits are 1/2 in diameter oval,yellow/orange when riped. Fertilize 4 times a year with an 8-2-12-4 mg plus micronutrients palm fertilizer that has 100% nitrogen k and mg in controlled-release form 

ROYAL PALM

THERE ARE TWO ROYAL PALMS THAT ARE OFTEN MISTAKEN FOR THE OTHER BUT THE DISTINGUISHABLE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE TRUNK OF THE PALMS. THE ROYSTONEA REGIA is also known as the CUBAN ROYAL PALM.  Its trunk has an obvious bulge,  both are restricted to south Florida. They bloom white-ish flowers in the summer and the fruit is maroon to black. Mature height is 50 feet x 30 feet.  If planting, prepare a large planting site, create a berm at the edge of the rootball so that each watering reaches the rootball.  Add compost or peat moss and manure.  Also keep 5 feet away from any structures like  the building, driveway, sidewalks and electrical wires.

THE MANGO TREE

ANOTHER FAMOUS SOUTH FLORIDA FRUIT TREE is the
There are 200 varieties. They are great shade trees as well. keep them mulched but do not forget about the fallen fruits, so you might not want to put expensive plants underneath it.

PYGMY DATE PALM

is a short palm. Mature height is 10 feet by 8 feet. Cream colored flowers in the spring and fruit in September. Plant anytime in the mid-summer to late May, early June. Plant in a well drained area, water daily for a week. every other day for two weeks, then just keep the root zone moist during the first growing season. Use a fertizer for palms such as 12-4-12. This palm and many other Roebelinii’s are subject to potasium deficiency so use a fertilizer with nutrogen and potassium in slow release form. This palm is from the river in S.E Asia therefor has more needs for water than its desert-dwelling relatives. 

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