Mangrove Tree Trimming in Bradenton, Florida

Create a beautiful and functional display with professional mangrove tree trimming services from Suncoast Environmental Group in Bradenton, Florida. Our team is able to handle various tree and wetland maintenance projects for your property.


Mangroves are tropical plants that adapt to loose, wet soil and salt water. The trees are periodically submerged by tides. The Department of Environmental Protection implements statues that regulate the trimming of mangroves.

There are more than 50 species of mangroves, but only three are native to the Florida area. The native species are the Red mangrove (Rhizophora Mangle), Black mangrove (Avicenna Germainans), and the White mangrove (Languncularia Racemosa).

Mangrove trimming is protected and permitted under sections 403.9321-403.9333 of the Florida Statutes, the 1996 Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act. Our teams are licensed to permit and trim mangroves in the state of Florida. Mangroves can be trimmed in a variety of ways to provide a pleasing view while protecting the health of the tree.

Trimming Styles

Mangrove trimming serves vital functions in the environmental health cycle and the health cycle of the tree. There are different methods of trimming, such as topping, stage trimming, and window trimming.

Tree Topping is one of the most widely used trimming styles. Also known as hedging, topping involves maintaining the tops of the mangroves at a particular height. The mangrove is usually no lower than six feet, unless documented historical trimming can be provided. 

Stage trimming involves trimming the upper portion of the canopy by no more than 25% of the foliage. This method is effective for reducing mangroves in height overtime, while ensuring the tree's health.

Window trimming provides a view through the larger trees by the selective removal within the lower and central areas of the tree. This is the preferred method of trimming since it allows for a view while maintaining shade, privacy, and a windbreak.

Mangrove Trimming Benefits

Mangrove trimming services offer a wide array of benefits, including the ability to:

  • Serve as Storm Buffers
  • Trap & Cycle Various Organic & Chemical Elements
  • Provide Physical Habitat & Nursery Grounds
  • Assist in Protecting Water Quality & Clarity by Filtering Runoff
  • Serve as Roosting & Nesting Sites for Many Birds