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August, 2011:

Pruning Live Oak for Health Safety

Watch this video on proper tree pruning with Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care and Doug Caldwell, horticulture agent of the University of Florida, Collier County, May 2011

Inside the Conservancy Wildlife Clinic: Work continues with a lot of help from our friends

By Joanna Fitzgerald, Community Contributor, Naples Daily News, Posted March 18,2011

Amazing adventure

This osprey nest, containing three chicks, had blown down from the top of a Norfolk pine in a storm. Two of the babies died on impact but one baby survived — it arrived at the Conservancy Wildlife Clinic extremely cold and lethargic. After several hours the bird was dry and warm and we were able to feed it small fish pieces.

The Conservancy Wildlife team knew this re-nesting would be even more difficult, so we enlisted the volunteer help of certified arborist Ian Orlikoff from Signature Tree Care and Eco Logic Land Care to scale the Norfolk pine and secure the artificial nest basket to the tree. Using his skills and knowledge, Orlikoff made the whole operation look easy. The baby was re-nested and thankfully, even after being absent for six days, the parents quickly returned and resumed caring for their sole surviving offspring.

Both of these experiences were incredible. These situations showed how wildlife can tolerate a tremendous amount of disruption to their world but if given the chance, they will overcome a disaster and continue with the basic instinct of caring for their offspring. There were so many dedicated members of the community that made our efforts successful. I would like to offer a sincere thank you to each and every one.

Get Growing Calendar Listing: Palm Lethal Yellowing

Daily News staff, Naples Daily News, Posted January 27, 2007

Who: Doug Caldwell, landscape horticulture specialist with the Collier County University of Florida Extension Office, will present a brief pictorial talk on palm lethal yellowing disease, which has been spotted in a number of Collier County neighborhoods, and how to recognize symptoms, followed by a question-and-answer session on the county palm inoculation program. Joe Boscaglia, Naples parks and parkways coordinator, will explain the city’s suppression program; Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree will add information on inoculation process and removal of infected palms.

Rescue of two eaglets draws crowd of onlookers in East Naples

See great photos and read this article on this heartwarming story of the re nesting of two baby eagles by Ian Orlikoff, March 2008.

X-Treme Yard Makeover II: Raggedy yard disappearing under the efforts of 4 groups

By Harriet Howard Heithaus, Naples Daily News, Posted May 31,2008

…Two area companies, local volunteers and Collier County Recycling have offered to handle that part of “X-treme Yard Makeover,” the North Naples yard being redesigned as a model for good landscaping with easy maintenance and low water use. The three groups have been at the 7050 Trail Blvd. home this past week and will be again next week to take out trees, clear the stumps and grade the yard.

That comes before the preliminary plan gets approval from both the homeowner, Daphne Volcy, and the South Florida Water Management District, the project’s coordinator.

Signature Tree Care, in Golden Gate, was to begin taking trees down last week. Ian Orlikoff, owner and certified arborist, says it’s hard to offer an average price for removal costs because each case is unique.

“It really depends on landscaping around it. Possible targets may be a koi pond, a skylight. Anything could be a possible problem you’re going to have to take into account. Sometimes you have to use several ropes, when you have a large tree hanging over a house,” said Orlikoff.

From what he’s seen of the nuisance trees at 7050 Trail Blvd., “I would have to say they’re pretty simple. If there are some trees that are hanging over the wires of the house we’d have to take our time cutting them safely.”

The company’s next task is getting the stumps out of the yard for grading. But first, his company contacts Sunshine State One Call of Florida, the nonprofit, state-funded hot line that notifies all pertinent utilities to locate and mark, free of charge, any underground utilities on a property.

“That way, when they start grinding, they won’t be running into anything,” Orlikoff explained. Florida law requires excavators, including homeowners, to call 811 two full business days before digging, with fines from $250 to $5,000 for a failure to notify.

Orlikoff says he’s glad to be working on a project that will show Southwest Florida how to conserve; he’s a volunteer with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and has used his skills and bucket truck on projects such as returning two fallen baby eagles to a nest in Foxfire on March 13.

X-treme yard Makeover III: Cinderella yard now cleared of nearly everything

By Harriet Howard Heithaus, Naples Daily News, Posted June 6, 2008

Trees are not planted with an idea of how tall and how wide they will be at maturity. Nor are they pruned at the optimum time to be trained.

“A lot of people wait till the tree is way out of control to prune it. By then the pruning is so involved that it stresses the tree,” explained Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care of Naples. He had just come down from a bucket-truck perch, from where he sawed off chunks of the yard’s 50- foot-tall eucalyptus tree. It had towered over and branched into power lines along Trail Boulevard.

When the tree is young — even within three years of its purchase as a sapling — is the time for professionals to be shaping it for a good structure, he emphasized, “but that’s when people least think of pruning it.”

Branching Out – Tree & Shrub Care, Ian Orlikoff, Guest speaker

Naples Daily News, Posted January 2, 2009, By Cathy Feser, horticulture extension agent, the University of Florida Collier County Extension Service

“Branching Out — Tree & Shrub Care” on Jan. 29, 2009 rounds out the month of January with Ian Orlikoff. He is a certified arborist and Florida Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP), whose expertise includes more than 10 years of hands-on tree care experience. The owner of Signature Tree, a fully licensed tree, lawn and landscape maintenance company, Orlikoff and his staff are committed to continuing education, and passing the knowledge on to homeowners as well, in their efforts to provide the very best in tree and landscape care. Orlikoff will discuss the basic principles of care and appropriate pruning practices.

Ian Orlikoff, guest speaker, at Tree Progress seminar

Get Growing Calendar listing, Naples Daily News, Katy Torralbas, Posted February 10,2011

Tree progress seminar

These three Saturday morning seminars examine the next generation of tree issues in Southwest Florida.

Speakers will include arborists, association managers, community association board members, urban forestry enthusiasts and landscapers.

This Saturday’s class will feature Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care speaking on urban infrastructure, root interference and root barriers.

When: 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, as well as Feb. 19 and Feb. 26

Where: 3406 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers

Admissions: $20 per person for all three workshops, or $10.00 per workshop, reservations requested


Do It Yourself Compost

Read this article by Stephanie Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care, March 2011. Composting can be fun!

Healthy Soil Equals Healthy Plants

Read this article by Ian Orlikoff, March 2011, to improve your landscape’s soil.

Green Guru: Lessons to Learn with Ed Gilman and Ian Orlikoff

See great photos of Ed Gilman, UF Professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture with Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care demonstrating proper tree and root pruning, Sept. 2007


Never give your tree a crew cut, and other words of warning

Read this article by Collier County’s University of Florida (UF) extension agent, Doug Caldwell, Nov. 2009. Learn a few reasons why you should not improperly prune your trees.

ISA Certified Arborist rescues Eaglets in East Naples

ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) article on Ian Orlikoff’s volunteer work, Spring 2008

Baby Eagle Re nesting

See this photo of an Eagle re nesting by Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care, April 2009


Green Walls by Eco Logic Land Care

Read this article on Green or Living Walls, Feb. 2011. Great use of vertical space for your home.