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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.

Ian Orlikoff, guest instructor at ISA Arborist Exam Prep Class

Ian Orlikoff, owner of Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care was a guest instructor on Nov.2nd at the University of Florida Lee County IFAS Extension.

Ian, an ISA Certified Arborist, taught 2 sections during the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Exam Preparation Class: Tree Safety & Climbing and Working in Trees.

Naples Botanical Garden Tree Pruning Class Nov. 13th

Join Ian Orlikoff, Signature Tree Care, at Naples Botanical Garden on Nov. 13th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. He will be assisting guest speaker Dr. Ed Gilman, UF/IFAS. Storm Safe Tree Pruning: Roots and Sidewalks plus other tree research updates.

Admission: $12.00.Pre‐registration at EventBrite: (call 353-4244 only if problem with registration)

This class is offered by UF/IFAS Collier County Extension’s Commercial Landscape Educator, Dr. Doug Caldwell & Chad Washburn, Naples Botanical Garden

Ian Orlikoff, guest instructor: ISA Exam Prep Class

Ian Orlikoff, owner of Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care will be a guest instructor this Friday, Nov.2nd at the University of Florida Lee County  IFAS Extension.

Ian, an ISA Certified Arborist,  will be teaching 2 sections during the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Exam Preparation Class:  Tree Safety & Climbing and Working in Trees. 

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


Eco Logic Land Care at Heartland Gardens, Ft.Myers,Fl.

Ian Orlikoff, Eco Logic Land Care, guest speaker at Heartland Garden, 4/9/11

Ian Orlikoff of Eco Logic Land Care instructed the Heartland Gardens Saturday gardening group on various compost teas and their value in caring for their own wonderful organic vegetable garden in Fort Myers.Fl.

Heartland Gardens, April 9, 2011

Ian Orlikoff, Signature Tree Care assisting Dr.Gilman, UF, at ISA Class, Naples Botanical Garden, April 2011


Ian Orlikoff, Signature Tree Care, assisting Dr.Doug Caldwell, Collier County Extension UF & Dr. Gilman, University of Florida at ISA class, Naples Botanical Garden, April 2011

Ian Orlikoff , Signature Tree Care, assisted in a  proper pruning demonstration at Naples Botanical Garden on April 13,2011. This ISA class featured Dr. Ed Gilman, University of Florida professor, Dept. of Environmental Horticulture,  instructing the group on proper pruning techniques and reasons why to prune.

Ian Orlikoff, Signature Tree Care assisting Dr.Gilman, UF in proper tree pruning demonstration, April 13, 2011

Organic Gardening, Naples,Fl., Pelican Marsh School


On November 18,2011 Ian Orlikoff of Eco Logic Land Care was a guest speaker for Mr.Shore’s third and fourth graders at the Pelican Marsh school in Naples, Fl.

The topic was life in a healthy soil system. The students watched videos of micro organisms in healthy soil. They enjoyed looking through Eco Logic’s microscope to see firsthand how alive a drop of compost really is and what it can do for their organic school garden. Many good questions were asked by the students. Ian then toured the garden with school volunteer Kendra Hermans. She  has worked with Ian before  when he had consulted as well as donated labor and materials when the school garden first started.  The school garden has since expanded including a composting system, container gardens, and an edible hedge. What a great job they are doing at Pelican Marsh school educating children on the importance of growing and eating their own organic foods.

Organic Garden Consultation at Pelican Marsh School, Naples,Fl.

Eco Logic Land Care at Pelican Marsh School, Naples,Fl.

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.