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Maintenance Tips

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Green Lawn

Landscape Maintenance standards are the responsibility of every property owner. Owners must maintain their landscaping in a healthy, neat and orderly condition, which includes mowing, watering, trimming, weeding and fertilizing lawns, trees and plants on the property, abutting canal banks and along street frontages.

  • Lawns must be kept trimmed to less than eight inches in height
  • Hedges should be well-trimmed and meet the required height
  • Shades trees may not be planted within 25 feet of a streetlight
  • Existing trees closer than 25 feet need to be pruned away from streetlights and other signage to ensure visibility and safety.

Property owners are responsible for replacing landscaping that they remove or that dies, including lawns, trees and shrubs.

For information related to owning a tree and basic information, please visit ISA's Tree Owner Information webpage.

Always call 811 prior to planting or digging! Sunshine 811 is a FREE service which will notify utility companies to mark their lines, pipes and cables near your work site to avoid underground facilities.

Have concerns about your tree, please read the University of Florida's Is My Tree Safe? Recognizing Conditions that Increase the Likelihood of Tree Failure by McLean, Koeser, Northrop, and Hasing. ISA's Recognizing Tree Hazards Brochure is also a good resource for identifying hazards.

Construction beginning soon? Trees within the City of Coral Springs must be protect, see this Tree Protection Detail for reference.


Resources for Maintenance & Florida Yards

Maintenance Guide: Taking Care of Your New Tree Nine Principles for Florida Friendly Yard
Tree Maintenance and Replanting Guide Florida-Friendly Landscaping 101
Planting Tree Correctly NatureScape Broward
Right Tree, Right Place Florida Yards Handbook
Trees & Turf Mandatory Irrigation Restrictions
Tree Lightning Protection Landscape Irrigation Schedule
Landscape Best Management Practices for Broward County Proper Mulching Techniques
A Guide to Florida-Friendly Landscaping Herbicide's for Florida's Weed Lawns



Tree Planting Detail:

Tree Pruning

pruning comparison, proper pruning, improper pruning, tree maintenanceProper pruning can maintain good tree health and structure while enhancing the aesthetic and economic values of your landscape.  Proper pruning is the most common tree maintenance and is necessary to remove dead, diseased, insect infested branches, and to maintain safety.  Since each pruning cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. 

Over-pruning is extremely harmful because without enough leaves a tree cannot gather and process enough sunlight to survive. Pruning mature trees may require special equipment, training, and expertise to complete.  Arborists and licensed tree trimmers can provide a variety of services to assist in performing the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance and safety of your trees.




The City of Coral Springs has regulations in place to protect trees, so be sure that your trees are trimmed properly and NOT “Hatracked”, “Topped” or “Lion Tailed”.  For more information or to report Tree Abuse please contact Community Development at 954-344-1117.

Pruning Resources:

Pruning Mature Trees

Pruning Young Trees

Why Topping Hurts

Caring for Your Palms

PalmsWhile palm trees are inherent to the South Florida landscape, healthy palms require some care. Review Broward County's Palm Tree Care Brochure for additional information.

Poor, shallow soils, coupled with heavy rainfall during the growing season results in a very low natural reservoir of essential plant nutrients.

Palms in Coral Springs should receive a complete granular fertilizer formulated for palms several times per year at a rate of 5-8 lbs each application. Fertilizers such as "Lesco 8-10-10" or a "Palm Special" are appropriate for palm tree maintenance in South Florida. Specialty palm fertilizers contain additional magnesium and complete trace mineral amendment. Dropping below a minimum of two applications, even for the most budget conscious maintenance schedules, is not recommended.

Dry, granular fertilizers should be broadcast or banded under the canopy of the palm, but should not be placed up against the trunk where newly emerging roots may be injured.

For palms under eight feet tall, 2-5 lbs. of fertilizer per feeding should be adequate. Newly planted palms can receive even less (1/2 to 2 lbs., depending on size). A reasonable formula to use is 1/2 lb. of fertilizer per 2 feet of overall height, up to about 15 lbs. for a mature specimen (greater than 30' in height).

Fusarium Wilt of Queen Palm and Mexican Fan Palm by Monica L. Elliott, University of Florida.

Click here for International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) suggestion for maintaining your palms.

For more information, contact Casey Lee at