Naples home prices rise
GULF COAST BUSINESS REVIEW
April 18, 2012
NAPLES â€” The
median price of a single-family existing home in the Naples area rose nearly
30% to $266,000 in March compared with March 2011, according to the Naples Area
Board of Realtors.
The jump in the
median price was driven by a 47% increase in the number of sales of existing
single-family homes priced between $500,000 and $1 million. Meanwhile, the
association reported an 8% drop in the number of sales of single-family homes
priced below $300,000.
number of existing single-family home sales dropped 2% in March to 432 compared
with the same month in 2011, according to the association.
Meanwhile, median prices for
existing condos rose 4% to $165,000 in March compared with March 2011. Realtors
sold 481 condos in March, a 14% drop from
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Tips to Save Your Storm-Damaged Trees
By:Â Dona DeZube
Published: November 17, 2011
Don't assume your storm-damaged tree needs to be cut down. Trees can easily bounce back if you follow these tips for pruning and storm protection.
Too often, inexperienced arborists recommend thinning interior branches. Thatâ€™s exactly the wrong thing to do to avoid storm damage.
â€œFor storm protection and recovery, you should be doing the opposite,â€ Gilman says. â€œRemoving branches from the end of long limbs and retaining the interior branches.â€
Even if a storm is strong enough to blow the leaves completely off a tree and bust branches, the tree can remain viable and ready for a comeback. â€œOne episode from a storm is not enough to kill the tree,â€ Gilman says. The energy reserved in the treeâ€™s roots and limbs will fuel new leaves either that year or the next year.
Storm recovery tips for trees
- Remove broken, separated, or hanging branches, but donâ€™t prune any live wood thatâ€™s healthy. The tree needs the energy stored in its limbs to heal itself.
- Check for cracks where branches connect to larger limbs. If you see cracks, cut the limb back to the next healthy, whole branch.
- Make smooth pruning cuts â€” donâ€™t leave small stumps or ragged pieces jutting out from your damaged tree. Leave the collar â€” the thickened base of a limb where it attaches to the tree â€” intact. Collars help heal pruning cuts.
- Straighten and stake a small damaged tree (4â€ trunk diameter or less) thatâ€™s knocked down. Water it frequently as you would a new tree.
- AfterÂ floodingÂ from a hurricane, water trees and plants freely to flush the salt water out of the soil.
When a tree canâ€™t be saved
- If a tree leans over your house, car, or areas where people walk or play, it has to come down.
- If your tree is hanging over or touching power lines, removing it isnâ€™t a do-it-yourself task. Call a professional tree removal firm for help.
Cost for tree removal varies according to the size and location of the tree. Expect to pay between $800 and $3,000 to remove a medium-sized tree.
Check tree roots after the storm
A few months after the storm, use a pitch fork to check the big roots coming out of the trunk to make sure theyâ€™re alive beyond the first foot or two of their length. Healthy roots are brownish or gray with hard, whitish centers. Dying roots are soft.
If your pitchfork hits solid root, great. If not, you may have to take down your tree before it falls down.
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