Frequently Asked Questions
What is a non-native, undesirable, or invasive plant ?
When certain plants are introduced to a new location without controlling factors like severe seasonal weather, diseases, or certain insects, they can grow out of control. They can displace and disrupt native plants and naturally balanced native plant communities. Reductions in plant diversity can affect wildlife, and alter natural processes like fire and water flow.
Do I need a permit to trim a tree? How much can I trim?
You do not need a permit to trim or prune a tree. Proper pruning requires no more than 25% of the top leaf area to be removed at one time. If a tree is pruned to severly is will most likely die and may be considered tree removal activity. This could be a violation of the Brevard County Land Clearing and Tree Protection Ordinance.
Why does my tree looks stressed and strange?
A tree has many methods of stopping normal insect and disease invasions. A tree may be in distress from physical changes to the root system or environmental factors that effect the requirements for the tree to grow; Light, Oxygen for the roots, water and essential nutrients. When a tree is distressed is becomes more and more vulnerable and becomes unable to resist insects and diseases that try to invade.
If a tree must be cut, should the stump and roots also be removed?
If a tree is cut on a slope the stump and root system should be left in tact. The roots allow for erosion control and are beneficial to nature. Trees removed for foundation excavations, septic system construction, road building, or gardens should be removed during site development. In some cases stump grinders can be employed to remove the stump without causing the disturbance associated with pulling or digging the stump out.
When is the best time to cut back vegetation?
The best time to trim overgrown vegitation is between late fall and early spring. The plant is dormant during this time, making sure to not trim to often that the food preserves become depleted. Generally a five-year trimming schedule for most vegitation will be adequate.