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Palm Pruning in Naples,Fl.

Palm pruning today in Naples,Fl. Remember to start preparing for hurricane season. Proper tree and palm pruning now will help reduce potential hazards later. Remember that if you over prune your palms (above the 9 and 3 o’clock positions)  they may have a lower survival rate after a wind event. This increased risk of failure is due to the fact that the bud will have less protection from the wind because of the decreased amount of fronds.  The natural wind throw effect is challenged as well causing a wind sail effect. Visit for more information.

Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care pruning a Coconut palm in Port Royal, Naples,Fl.

Tree Service, Naples,Fl. climbing just for fun

tree trimming,naples,fl.

Ian Orlikoff, Walter Morales and Giordany Rives climbing a beautiful Cypress tree in Naples,Fl. on a sunny Sunday 2/17/13.


Tree Service, Naples, Fl. instructs on Proper Pruning

Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care is a  Best Management Practices (BMP) instructor for Collier County.

Class: Proper Pruning for SW Florida,  Jan. 15 2013

Description: Proper Pruning Practices, BMP class at Rookery Bay for landscapers

Proper pruning practices ensure the growth of healthy plants which can reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers and ensure that plants are filtering water, anchoring soils to prevent erosion and providing all the other important roles that plants typically provide in the landscape. Pruning can be done with a number of objectives, so it is important to determine your needs such as maintaining or improving plant health or vigor, controlling plant size and form, creating a hedge,  influencing flowering and fruit production or the structural strength of the tree. With these goals in mind,  you can plan and prune accordingly. This training provides landscape professionals with knowledge of environmentally sound skills and tools to correctly prune landscape trees, shrubs and palms. The Proper Pruning Practices for Southwest Florida training is one of several “refresher” trainings required by the City of Naples ordinance 08-11972 and several continuing education units are also offered for other organizations.

Proper Pruning of Trees in Naples,FL

Ian Orlikoff, Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care assisting Dr. Ed Gilman, University of Florida, on Nov. 13 2012 at Naples Botanical Garden for instructional class on Proper Pruning.

Proper Tree Pruning in Naples,Fl.

Ian Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care is an ISA Certified Arborist and volunteer instructor for the Collier County BMP training program (Best Management Practices for landscapers).

Ian instructed & performed pruning demonstrations for the class “Proper Pruning Practices for Southwest Florida” at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on July 18, 2012.

Owl Re-Nesting,Naples,Fl

Screech owl getting ready to be re-nested May 11, 2012 in Naples,Fl.

Ian Orlikoff, ISA Certified Arborist, Signature Tree Care, Conservancy of SW Florida volunteer


Naples Gardening in Small Spaces

Read this recent article by Stephanie and Ian Orlikoff in the March 2012 edition of Natural Awakenings about gardening in small spaces.
Great Green Spaces

Think Outside the Plot for an Appealing, Productive Garden

by Stephanie and Ian Orlikoff

Many individuals and newbie gardeners are surprised to learn that colorful vegetables and herbs can be ornamental, and look far better occupying a living space than stacked in the produce aisle. Paying homage to the deep purple color of a cabbage or the patterned veins of Swiss chard leaves and other textured plants gives indoor and outdoor living spaces a completely different appeal, as well as a forever-changing landscape. Try these ideas for creating gardens that are edible and attractive.

Window Gardens

Herbs on a kitchen windowsill are beautiful and functional. Grow them in small planters, teacups and old glassware, but be careful not to overwater if the containers lack drainage holes.

Container Gardens

Stack or group container gardens by plant colors or types of herbs and vegetables. Use them as space dividers to separate large areas such as a common living and dining room or to define an outdoor dining area by the pool.

Green Walls

Fill green wall planters with herbs or small blooming or hanging plants to turn an unsightly space into a work of art. Freestanding or installed on a building’s structure, with or without an irrigation system, they can be used as privacy screens or on fences between properties.

Vertical Gardens

Use a trellis inside containers for climbing vegetables; shade a sunlit wall with a fruit tree espalier (trellis); or utilize a climbing vine, such as muscadine grapes, for a pergola or arbor. Keep in mind that a single square foot space can hold up to 24 plants with a stackable pot system or grow columns, which are ideal for small growing spaces inside lanais, between homes and in porch rooms.

Edible Lawns

Many ground covers and shrubs such as rosemary and lemongrass are edible and aromatic. Consider thyme and other small-leaf herbs as edgings for walkways. Various colors of lettuces and cabbages can be used as low-tiered plantings. Green vegetables such as broccoli rabe and bok choy have delicate, yellow blossoms that encourage butterflies when allowed to seed.

Stephanie and Ian Orlikoff are the owners of Eco Logic Land Care & Signature Tree Care. Ian is an AOLCP accredited land care professional and ISA Certified Arborist, and both Orlikoffs are Florida certified horticulture professionals. Stephanie is also a Collier County Master Gardener. For more information, call 239-348-1302 or visit

This article appears in the March 2012 issue of SWFL

Advanced Pruning Techniques

Signature Tree Care staff attended the Florida ISA Advanced Pruning Techniques class held in Fort Lauderdale yesterday.Great learning experience as always with valuable information to pass on to our clients.

Organic Lawn Care, naples,fl.


Read this article written by Eco Logic Land Care in August 2011 on ways to promote healthy lawns without the use of chemicals.

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…….

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 Walls by Eco Logic Land Care

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

Healthier Lawn Care

Read this recent article by Ian Orlikoff on organic and healthier lawn care, August 2011, Natural Awakenings, Collier/Lee edition


Sustainable Landscaping Solutions

We are happy to welcome you to our ‘Sustainable Landscaping Solutions’ blog.

We will be discussing relevant topics by Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care  in Naples, FL.

Some of our topics include:

  • Florida Friendly Landscapes
  • Insects & Diseases
  • Local Events
  • Organic Gardening
  • Tree & Palm Care

We are sure you will enjoy and benefit from the information we will provide. You will find it all helpful when looking at the overall health of your landscape, trees and palms in your Southwest Florida residence.

Stay tuned!

Ian Orlikoff

Signature Tree Care  ~ Eco Logic Land Care

Naples FL