Tree Doctor

We fix your palms!

Tree Doctor

Most palm trees are not native to Florida. This is why their roots need extra fertilization. We target the root feeding system with a safe mix of fertilizers deep below the soil surface so that your palms grow faster and survive longer. We recommend fertilization once every six months (two times per year).

The trees we feed and fertilize do much better during hurricane season: they withstand storms better and recover quicker than neighboring, unfertilized palms. Surface watering is wasteful and promotes soil erosion resulting in a shallow root system that cannot fight off pests, disease & drought. We can reverse the decline of your trees by diagnosing and treating problems specific to South Florida.


Your Trees Add Tremendous Value to Your Home! Let us Protect Them Now.

We use ARBORJET TRUNK INJECTION which we inject directly into the tree's transport system so it is quickly distributed throughout the tree. Arborjet Injections are Environmentally Responsible and Long Lasting: our injections provide protection all season long.

Then, we come back at regular intervals to maintain the healthy growth of your trees and shrubs. Tree Doctor's deep root fertilizing injections are the best way to secure the value of your landscape and your property.

What We Do

Deep root fertilization

Help your tree grow healthier and stronger, recover from weather, disease, or insects with customized fertilization.

Mature palms in the landscape thrive when injected with a granular fertilizer formulated with extra magnesium, micronutrients, nitrogen and potassium, some in slow-release form. These "Palm specials" are especially recommended for palms here in Southern Florida, where the soil has micronutrient deficiencies. The good news is that the trees and shrubs sharing soil with your palms will also benefit from our fertilizing treatments.

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Identify & Treat Tree Diseases

There are many different causes of tree decline and infestation including manganese deficiency (frizzle top), virus-type lethal yellowing, whitefly, poor planting, overmulching, etc. The Tree Doctor can diagnose and treat all your tree problems.
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Prevent Whitefly Infection & Mold

The new pest in South Florida -- Rugose Spiraling Whitefly is very commonly found on many palms, especially coconut palms and Christmas palms.

The most noticeable signs of an infestation of this Spiraling Whitefly is the abundance of the white, waxy material covering the leaves and also excessive sooty mold. These whiteflies produce “honeydew”, a sugary substance, which causes the growth of sooty mold, along with plant decline, defoliation and branch dieback.

Although this pest may not likely to kill your palms, the honeydew dropped by the whiteflies is a severe nuisance, especially over pool decks, docks and driveways.

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Treat Nutritional Deficiencies

Palms frequently suffer from improper mineral nutrition in the landscape. The most common nutritional deficiencies of palms are nitrogen (N), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) and manganese (Mn). Other essential nutrients such as boron (B), calcium (Ca), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) are occasionally found to be deficient if they are not present in the fertilizers applied, but these deficiencies are not very common in the landscape.

Nutrient deficiencies can be caused by insufficient nutrients in the soil, a nutrient imbalance, poor soil aeration, a high soil pH and an excessive planting depth.

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Treat Bacterial Problems

A bacteria spread by the planthopper insect causes lethal yellowing of palms. We see this in a wide range of palms including coconut palms, chinese fan palm, and the windmill palm. One sign of this disease is pre-mature fruit dropping from the tree. Then a yellow leaf appears at the top of the canopy while the lower, older leaves begin to yellow.

The tree can often be saved by injecting antibiotics directly into the tree trunk; the earlier the better, when only one fourth of the leaves are yellow.

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Meet the Owner: Ron LaMear

Owner Ronald LaMear, has over 20 years experience in the horticulture industry in Southwest Florida. Specializing in tree disease diagnosis and treatment, he is eager to help your trees become healthier, survive longer, and look better.

Tree Doctor is licensed by the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control.

Tree Doctor holds current and up-to-date business licenses in the City of Cape Coral and Lee County, and is fully insured, including workers' compensation, and general liability. These certificates are available upon request.

"We use the highest quality multi-vitamins and minerals and inject them directly to the source- the root ball. This process eliminates wasted and environmentally harmful fertilizer run off.

By injecting multi-vitamins and minerals directly to the source my customers save both money and the environment! As a bonus, my treatments are only needed twice a year!"
Ron LaMear-owner
Tel: 239-940-6727

What Our Clients Say

  • "Tree doctor turned my palm trees from brown and frizzling to green and thriving! Willingness to go that extra mile."
    -- Jules, Cape Coral, Florida

  • "Tree Doctor Ron is always knowledgeable, courteous and prompt in responding to questions or calls for service. He is also an advocate of organic, sustainable tree care practices."
    --Brenda G., Cape Coral, Florida

  • "We are very grateful for Ron's help. From start to finish he knows his trees. What a great job!" -- Sarah, Fort Myers, Florida

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Frizzle top is a disease caused by manganese deficiency most commonly occurring on Queen and Royal palms.

At its earliest appearance, frizzle top will attack the young leaves as they emerge. Any new growth that does occur is limited to stubby petioles that do not grow terminal leaf tips.

Frizzle top on palm trees will eventually cause the death of the tree if left unchecked.

A consistent fertilizing program is the best way to minimize palm frizzle top symptoms.

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Lethal Yellowing

A bacteria spread by the planthopper insect causes lethal yellowing of palms, in Coconut palms, Chinese fan palm and other species.

An early symptom of the disease may be the fruit dropping from the tree before it is ready. Then a yellow leaf appears at the top of the canopy as the older, lower leaves begin yellowing.

Antibiotic oxytetracycline HCl injections into the tree trunk have proven effective in controlling the disease, when started early, when only one fourth of the leaves are yellow.


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Pest Update
whitefly infestation
What can I expect long term?

Often when a new pest arrives and becomes established, it will reach high populations and be at its worst for several years. It will also likely spread to new areas. Typically, after that time, most new pests begin a steady decline. This is in part due to natural controls. Although some insecticide use may be necessary, it is very important to understand the importance of natural enemies and the need to focus on long-term, biologically based management. These pests will likely never go away completely, but should dissipate with time.

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Spiralling Whitefly: University of Florida FAQ
What do I need to do?

When insects feed on plants, it puts the plants under stress. Therefore, proper watering and fertilizing is important to keep the tree as healthy as possible.

Is my tree going to die?

Whiteflies do not typically kill large, healthy trees, shrubs and palms. However, very young, newly planted or unhealthy plants are more at risk and could potentially die when they are heavily infested with some types of whiteflies.

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4103 SW 30th Ave, Cape Coral, FL 33914
Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tel: 239-940-6727

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