Naples tree service now has 3 ISA Certified Arborists in Naples, Florida

Congratulations to Justin at Signature Tree Care on becoming an ISA certified arborist! (International Society of Arboriculture).

We now have 3 ISA certified arborists in Naples to better serve our clients. Justin’s area of specialty is organic fertilizing & plant health care.

Justin has been with Signature Tree Care in Naples since March 2017. Well done 👍 and thank you for your dedication and hard work.

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Proper Palm trimming in Naples, Florida using rigging techniques

Working smarter & not harder using appropriate arboriculture industry rigging techniques to prune palms & protect under-story landscaping in downtown Naples Florida July 2020.

It is preferable to prune only the dead palm fronds, leaving the green ones to carry on photosynthesis. Over pruning reduces the vigor of palms as well as increasing the risk for diseases and pests. Over pruned palms have a lower survival rate after a high wind event as the bud has less protection from the wind due to the decreased amount of fronds. The natural wind throw effect is challenged as well causing a wind sail effect.

For your protection as a homeowner, remember that pruning any tree over 12 feet tall requires a company to have tree workers’ compensation code 0106 carried on all workers and have a commercial liability insurance policy specifically for tree work. These insurance policies guard the homeowner from any liability issues regarding injuries/deaths or property damages on site.

Mature Tree Pruning in Naples,Florida- Naples Arborist advice

Naples tree service owner & lead ISA Certified Arborist Ian Orlikoff shares the following:

Mature trees need a knowledgeable and experienced arborist that recognizes specific needs as they differ from younger trees.

Tree pruning should only be completed with an understanding of how the tree will respond to each pruning cut.

Making large cuts on an older tree could prove to be damaging as they have less ability to compartmentalize and seal exposed wood which can lead to rot.

No branch should be removed without a reason.

Also, a more conservative approach should be taken when removing volumes of foliage. Mature trees cannot handle improper pruning as they will become easily stressed.

Less Liability

Remember that improper tree trimming/pruning is detrimental in that it can create a hazard/liability on your property.

Improper pruning causes damage that will remain with the tree for its entire life or even shorten a tree’s lifespan.

Improper pruning is a significant health stress for any tree.

Health & Aesthetics

Proper tree pruning can maintain good health & structure while enhancing the aesthetic and economic value of your trees.

Available Year Round

In Southwest Florida most routine tree pruning to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs with the proper percentage of foliage removed (with respect to species) can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree.

Arborist from Signature Tree Care in Naples, Florida gives homeowners sage advice to prepare for hurricane season in latest Redfin (real estate) news

Identify the specific needs of your treescape

Homeowners can create and maintain their ideal home treescape for summer by having a non-biased ISA Certified Arborist consultation and not with a salesman, to walk with you to identify your trees’ needs.

Remember that improper pruning trains your trees to fail.

Homeowners may visit the International Society of Arboriculture’s website for more information.

Lastly, structural supports can be installed to strengthen weak points within a tree. – Signature Tree Care

Organic Lawn Fertilizing in Naples, Florida

Many Southwest Floridians live in master-planned communities, where lawns and landscapes are managed by homeowners’ associations that hire lawn service companies. Because few individuals in these situations have a need to understand the local ecosystem or how to maintain a healthy lawn in a subtropical climate, they are at a disadvantage when working with landscape committees or asked to serve on them.

Sustainable lawn care today requires a savvier homeowner, as well as a more discerning service provider. Our future health and that of our environment are impacted by how we take care of our local surroundings. Let change begin with your lawn.

Get Educated

Take a valuable one-day Best Management Practices class for homeowners at Rookery Bay. Learning about the landscape and its relationship with the environment helps homeowners make informed choices about their landscapes and their care.

Work with a Landscape Committee

Consumer demand plays a role in how safer landscapes are created. Work with your homeowners’ landscape committee, to take steps to lessen chemical and fertilizer inputs. Question the landscaping company about your maintenance plan and what they can utilize instead of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Request a Soil Test

Use a soil test to determine if you are paying for fertilizer that your lawn doesn’t need. Too much fertilizer can cause an increase in disease pressure and additional remediation costs.

Learn About Irrigation and Fertilization

Know the proper irrigation coverage, rates and appropriate fertilization practices for your type of lawn. Collier and Lee counties have a no-fertilizer blackout period from June 1 to September 30.

North Naples property on quarterly organic fertilizing program by Signature Tree Care

Organic fertilizing in Naples,Florida by Signature Tree Care

Use Drip Irrigation

Convert sprinkler irrigation over to drip irrigation in landscape beds near lawns, to reduce water use and fungus pressure.

Practice Smart Mowing

To decrease bug and disease pressures, mow at the proper height and don’t overwater your lawn. Taller grass has deeper, stronger roots. A short mowing height stresses out grass, and over-fertilization causes it to grow faster than grass clippings can break down.

This results in a layer of thatch and creates hiding places for detrimental insects. Thatch blocks water traveling to the roots, requiring increased irrigation. In turn, damp conditions create disease or fungus pressure, which requires spraying with a fungicide that eliminates all fungus, including the beneficial fungi that protect grass. The cycle continues if unchecked

Create a Rain Garden

Install a rain garden in a low, saturated part of your landscape. This will utilize the excess runoff instead of forcing grass to survive in unfavorable conditions with repeated chemical and fertilizer applications.

Use Native Plants

Whenever possible, plant a favorable percentage of native plants along lawn borders, to attract bees, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects. This increases pollination, and thus vegetable and fruit production, while using fewer harmful chemicals.

Add Compost

With the addition of quality compost, which is home to a multitude of beneficial microorganisms that promote natural plant development, fertilizers can be reduced because compost helps retain nutrients and water in the soil.

This blog is from a previous article on organic lawn care by Ian & Stephanie Orlikoff in Natural Awakenings publication- Naples edition, August 1, 2011

Palm falls on Naples home after thunderstorms rolled through Collier County

This Naples Palm failure was due to a root disease called Ganoderma which slowly decays the root system thus increasing palm’s risk for failure. Palm fronds were green and healthy making it difficult to recognize a potential problem to the untrained eye.

One way to tell if a palm has ganoderma is the white button (immature) or brown (mature) conch or shelf mushroom grown at the base of the trunk. This wind event only aided in its failure.

The recent Naples storm blew the palm over. Using crane assisted tree removal technique, we safely removed the palm off the roof. Scroll down for 6 pictures.


One way to tell if a palm has ganoderma is the conch or shelf mushroom grown at the base of the trunk. This wind event only aided in its failure. Several other palms failed in this past storm due to this very reason.


Ganoderma present; notice the conch/mushroom on top of picture, notice the broken down & dead tissue inside the palm.


Ganoderma present; notice the conch/mushroom on top of picture, notice the broken down & dead tissue inside the palm.

Call or email us to have a qualified ISA Certified Arborist evaluate your property yearly to identify concerns before they become a problem. Signature Tree Care offers quarterly or annual scheduled visits to keep your Naples property healthy and safer.
Ian Orlikoff, our lead Arborist, is TRAQ- Tree Risk Assessment Qualified by ISA to offer formal professional documented tree risk assessments.


Forestry mulching in Naples, Florida -land clearing option by Signature Tree Care

Recycle the wood into mulch to enrich your soil in the future. With skilled approaches and updated equipment that we employ, it reduces or eliminates damage to soil and roots preventing future die off of valued trees.

As a TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) nationally accredited tree service we pride ourselves on the highest safety standards & professionalism.

We are in the business of people & their trees so when we selectively clear land or complete a full lot clearing, our level of organization, efficiency and cutting-edge new equipment creates job-site precision resulting in positive long-term results for you.

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Forestry mulching Naples, Florida by Signature Tree Care
Land clearing option in Naples, Florida- forestry mulching by Signature Tree Care
Land clearing option in Naples, Florida- forestry mulching by Signature Tree Care