There is an alarming tree condition throughout Florida that is impacting homeowners. The disease, know as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD), can kill a palm in weeks and may have already impacted as many as a dozen in the city of Clearwater this year. It is also threatening the Canary Island date palm, the wild date palm, the edible date palm, and also the native Sabal palmetto. It joins lethal yellowing and Ganoderma butt rod as threats to palm trees that have appeared in the last several decades.
Scientists haven’t declared an epidemic yet, but the hardest hit areas so far are in Central Florida—Charlotte, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Orange, Polk, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. In the last two years, it’s been discovered in Broward, Palm Beach, Duval, Lake and Indian River counties. They believe the disease has felled thousands of trees statewide, but total numbers are difficult to come by because many were cut down and mulched before the cause of death was determined.
To determine if your palm trees have been affected, you can attempt inspect yourself or call a professional. While palm fronds that die from natural age often hang flat against the palm trunk a sign of TPPD is a browning of the fronds that happens so rapidly they won’t have time to hang flat. After a few weeks, each row of fronds will also die.
Contact us as soon as possible if you think your palm has been impacted @ 1.888.ARBOR.68.
Pinellas and Hillsborough County offer residents several options for disposing of Christmas trees following the holiday. Recycling services are going to be provided in Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Madeira Beach, Oldster, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, and Treasure Island. In cities not offering recycling services, trees will be picked up curbside but will not be recycled. Residents who live in apartments or condos should check with their property managers for disposal instructions.
Remove all tinsel, decorations, and lights.
Cut the tree into sections no larger than four feet long and six inches in diameter
Place on your curbside on regular yard waste collection day
Drop it Off
Take your tree to a yard waste processing facility. The following sites are open Monday through Saturday (except on holidays) from 7:30am–5:30pm.
- Falkenburg Rd. Resource Recovery Facility: 350 Falkenburg Rd. Brandon (813) 744-5599
- South County: 13001 U.S. Highway 41, Gibsonton (813) 671-7611
- Northwest: 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa (813) 264-3816
Note: customers need to have current tax bill and proper I.D. to access the facilities and unload the tree themselves. Non-county residential solid waste customers can pay a tonnage fee.
Recycle and Reuse
Chop up or grind your live Christmas tree for mulch around trees, shrubs, and flower beds. For more information, head to: visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/SolidWaste.
Pinellas County cities will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling and processing into useful mulch. Pinellas County officials say all decorations including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights must be removed from the tree. Also the tree should be kept loose, not in a bag or trash can.
The following cities offer Christmas tree recycling:
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 588-3769, ext. 401.
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 562-4920.
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from 12/26/13 – 1/10/14. Residents without curbside yard waste pickup can plan a pickup day with their association property manager. For information, call (727) 298-3215, ext. 1328.
Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 893-1089.
Indian Rocks Beach
Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 595-6889.
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular days. For information, call (727) 587-6760 or visit www.largorecycles.com
Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 399-2631.
Drop off at 107 Shore Drive W., across from Park Boulevard. Open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 13. For information, call (813) 749-1266.
Drop off at 12950 40th St. (residents only). For information, call (727) 541-0711.
Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 724-1550.
Drop off at a St. Petersburg brush site: 1000 62nd Ave. N.E., 7750 26th Ave. N., 2500 26th Ave. S., 4015 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S., or 2453 20th Ave. N. Another option is curbside pickup. Place your tree out by Friday, Jan. 10, for pickup on Saturday, Jan. 11. If your tree has not been picked up by Jan. 11, please call (727) 893-7398.
Drop off at the yard waste facility at 898 S. Levis Ave. for a fee, or put out for curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 943-4837.
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 547-4575, ext. 253.
The following cities will not be providing recycling:
- Belleair Beach
- Belleair Bluffs
- Belleair Shore
- Indian Shores
- Kenneth City
- North Redington Beach
- Redington Beach
- Redington Shores
- South Pasadena
- St. Pete Beach
Residents in these cities can drop off their trees at Pinellas County Solid Waste located at 3095 114th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. The cost is $3 per load with a maximum of five trees. The trees can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 6am–6pm and Saturday from 7am–5pm.
For more information, contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or visit Pinellas County Utilities at www.pinellascounty.org/utilities