• Free Bids! 509.943.7032

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    Top Tree Service LLC serves the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, including Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, Burbank, Ellensburg, Benton City, and Wenatchee. Call 509.943.7032 for your FREE estimate today! When you contact Top Tree Service LLC, we will schedule an appointment for an arborist to meet with you and do a walk through of your property. This allows us to discuss and address the health and safety of your trees as well as answer any questions that you might have.
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  • Knowledge and Experience

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    Ryan Hone and Top Tree Service LLC have been serving the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas since 2004. They have all of the necessary knowledge, training, and equipment to properly care for your trees. Safety is a priority for both your property and our employees.
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  • What We Do

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    At Top Tree Service LLC, we have made it our mission to practice quality tree care work with an emphasis on proper pruning to ISA standards. Trees are valuable natural resources, to both the community and to our customers. We do everything that we can to help maintain those resources in a cost effective way that benefits our customers, their property, and the trees.
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We’re good at it.

  • We’ve been working with trees for a long time. Our team has over 25 years of combined experience.
  • We have the experience, the training, and the tools.
  • We know the Mid-Columbia area and climate, and what helps trees here thrive.
  • We clean up afterwards. You won’t find a mess when we are through.

We know trees.

      • We live here and know the soil and climate
      • We are trained
      • Experienced
      • Fully equipped
      • ISA certified
      • Insure

        We care.STOP topping trees!

        • DO NOT “top” your trees. We know how to prune trees properly to ensure their health, protect their value, and keep them beautiful for years to come.
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Protect your property from wildfires.

  • Clear away dead leaves and brush. Remove all dead leaves and needles from the roof, gutters, and yard.
  • Remove low-hanging limbs from trees, raising the canopy to 6′ off the ground.
  • Remove branches overhanging the roof or coming within 10′ of a chimney.
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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Burbank gets a little out of control. During this windy weather, we also get a fair share of rain. When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help. We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Removal
Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. Professionally trained arborists can help decide whether or not a tree should be removed and possess the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees. Removal is recommended when a tree:

  • is dead, dying, or considered irreparably hazardous
  • is causing an obstruction or is crowding and causing harm to other trees and the situation is
  • impossible to correct through pruning
  • is to be replaced by a more suitable specimen
  • should be removed to allow for construction

With proper maintenance, trees can add aesthetic and economic value to your property. Poorly maintained trees, on the other hand, can be a significant liability. For more information on mature tree care, contact your local ISA Certified Arborist.

Moving Forward
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in Burbank.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Benton City gets a little out of control. During this windy weather, we also get a fair share of rain. When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help. We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Pruning
Pruning is often desirable or necessary to remove dead, diseased, or insect-infested branches and to improve tree structure, enhance vitality, or reduce risk. While pruning has many benefits, the removal of live branches creates a lasting wound. No branch should be removed without a reason. The removal of large limbs on a mature tree requires careful consideration.

Pruning large trees requires special equipment, training, and experience. If the pruning work requires climbing, the use of a chain or hand saw, or the removal of large limbs, the use of personal safety equipment, such as protective eyewear and hearing protection, is a must.

Arborists can assist in performing the job safely and reducing the risk of personal injury and damage to your property. They can also determine which type of pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees.

Moving Forward
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in Benton City.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Pasco gets a little out of control. During this windy weather, we also get a fair share of rain. When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help. We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Soil Management
Soil management is another important aspect of mature tree care. Urban landscape trees often exist in soils that lack the nutrients, pH (acidity or alkalinity), drainage, or pore space (air and water space) needed for growth and development. Proper fertilization based on plant needs can correct many deficiencies that limit growth. Sometimes soil nutrients may be sufficient, but soil pH levels may prevent plant uptake. In this case, soil amendments, such as sulfur, lime, and even some mulches, can alter soil chemistry and help alleviate plant stress.

Drainage systems or grading can help correct saturated soil conditions, although trenching or earthmoving activities within the tree’s root zone may cause more harm than good. Compacted soils can be tilled mechanically or with compressed air to increase porosity and encourage root growth. Care must be taken when loosening soil under the drip zone to avoid root damage.

When dealing with a mature tree that provides considerable benefit and value to your landscape, it is worth the time and investment to have the soil tested for nutrient content and texture. An arborist can arrange to have your soil tested at a soil testing laboratory and recommend treatments based on the results.

Moving Forward
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in Pasco.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Richland gets a little out of control. During this windy weather, we also get a fair share of rain. When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help. We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Mulching
Mulching can reduce environmental stress by providing trees with a more moderate root environment that has fewer temperature and moisture extremes than the surrounding soil. Mulch reduces competition from weeds and grass and prevents mechanical damage by keeping lawn care equipment away from the tree’s base. Mulches made from plant matter, such as shredded leaves, pine straw, peat moss, or composted wood chips, will add nutrients to the soil as they decompose and help improve overall soil biology.

To be most effective, mulch should be placed 3 to 5 inches deep and cover as much of the root system as possible. (Roots can extend as far as 3 or 4 times the diameter of the branch spread of the tree.) When placing mulch, care should be taken not to cover the actual trunk of the tree. A mulch-free area around the base that is 2 to 3 inches wide is sufficient to avoid overly moist bark conditions.

Moving Forward
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in Richland.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Kennewick gets a little out of control. During this windy weather, we also get a fair share of rain. When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help. We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Tree Inspection
Regular tree inspections can catch changes in a tree’s health before a disease, insect, or environmental problem becomes too serious to address. Ideally, mature trees should be inspected at least once a year to assess four characteristics of tree vitality: new leaf or bud formation, leaf size, twig growth, and absence of crown dieback (gradual death of the upper part of the tree).

Growth reduction is a fairly reliable cue that the tree’s health has recently changed. An experienced arborist can look at twig growth from past years to determine whether there is a reduction in the tree’s typical growth pattern. Further signs of poor tree health are trunk decay, crown dieback, or both. These symptoms often indicate problems that began several years before. Loose bark, deformed growths, and conks (mushrooms) are common signs of stem decay.

Any abnormalities found during these inspections, such as insect activity and/or spotted, deformed, discolored, or dead leaves and twigs, should be noted and monitored closely. If you are uncertain about what to do, report your findings to your local ISA Certified Arborist or other tree care professional for advice on treatment options.

Moving Forward
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in Kennewick.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in the Tri-Cities gets a little out of control. During this windy weather, we also get a fair share of rain. When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help. We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Learn procedures specific to a routine maintenance program for mature tree care, including tree inspection, mulching, fertilization, pruning, and tree removal. Think of tree care as an investment. A healthy tree increases in value with age and pays big dividends by increasing property values, beautifying our surroundings, purifying our air, and saving energy by providing cooling shade from summer’s heat and protection from winter’s wind.

Regular preventative maintenance, designed to promote tree health and structural integrity, ensures a tree’s value will continue to grow and prevents the development of more costly problems in the future. An effective maintenance program, including regular inspections and necessary follow-up care — pruning, mulching, fertilizing, and additional soil management — can identify problems and correct them before they become damaging or fatal.

Moving Forward
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in the Tri-Cities.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Benton City gets a little out of control.  When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help.  We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Experts offer these pruning tips:

  • Check local tree regulations prior to pruning or tree removal.
  • Avoid pruning branches flush to the trunk. Doing so removes not only the limb but also some of the trunk wood, exposing the plant to decay or insect damage.
  • Begin pruning by making a cut part way through the bottom of any limb to be trimmed, a few inches from the trunk. Then, cut through the limb just above the first cut. This ensures when the limb falls, it will not tear off a long strip of bark on the way down.
  • Finish by cutting off the few inches sticking out from the trunk. Be sure to leave the “branch collar,” the swollen area of trunk tissue that forms around the base of a branch. This protects the main trunk from damage. It’s also important to care for storm-damaged trees.

Take the following steps:

  • In general, it is best to reset only smaller trees, since larger trees will be weakened and may fall again.
  • Weakened sections of trees and shrubbery can easily be blown around during high winds; causing extensive damage to structures, knocking down utility lines and blocking roads and drains.
  • Cut weak branches that could easily be thrown against a structure during high winds.
  • Remove branches hanging over a structure.
  • Contact the local utility company to trim away any limbs close to utility lines that could potentially pull down lines or even entire poles. It is important to never touch a wire while trimming.
  • Decide what to do with tree stumps.
  • If you are going to leave them or have someone grind them, cut the stump off flush with the ground.
  • If you plan to remove them, leave 4 ft. of stump standing.
  • Removal will be cheaper and easier if stumps can be pulled out instead of dug out.

Moving Forward

We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in Benton City.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in West Richland gets a little out of control.  When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help.  We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Some trees are more prone to storm damage than others. A shallow-rooted tree growing in soft soil can easily topple onto a building in strong winds. A tree’s roots also can become weakened after heavy rains, elevating the risk. Have an arborist check trees to assess their resistance to storm damage. Potential problems are easy to spot:

  • Cracks in the trunk or major limbs
  • Hollow and decayed trees
  • Trees that look one-sided or lean significantly
  • Branches hanging over the building near the roof
  • Limbs in contact with power lines
  • Mushrooms growing from the bark, indicating a decayed or weakened stem
  • V-shaped forks rather than U-shaped ones. V-shaped are more likely to split
  • Crossing branches that rub or interfere with one another

Good pruning can prevent many problems. Prompt removal of diseased, damaged, or dead plant parts helps limit the spread of harmful insects and disease, as well as reduce the possibility of future storm damage.

Moving Forward

We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in West Richland.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Richland gets a little out of control. When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help. We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Preventing Storm Damage Continued
There isn’t a way, except for complete enclosure, to protect trees from all storm damage. Trees are not adapted to worst-case scenario storms, only to our average wind climate. Listed are several things to minimize the main types of storm damage:

Eliminate codominant branches. Prune forked branches and branches that arise opposite each other on the stem, ideally while the tree is young. Most tree species should be upright with one main stem. Prune away branches that compete in height with the main stem. Eliminate branches with tight or narrow branch crotches. In trees with opposite branching patterns, such as maple, proper branch training is essential for a long-lived, storm resistant tree. Pruning cuts should be made on the outside of the branch bark ridge and branch collar.

Keep trees as healthy as possible with timely and adequate watering and mulching. Healthy trees adjust more quickly to changes in the environment, are more wind firm, and react more effectively to damage.

Do not over-fertilize the tree with nitrogen or over-water the soil. This can increase the crown surface area and/or decrease the rooting area. This type of biological change makes the tree more susceptible to storm damage.

Moving Forward
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in Richland.

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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Pasco gets a little out of control. When and if the time comes where you need to take proactive action to prevent damage to your property, we would love to help. We look forward to helping you prevent any damage possible.

Root Failure Both small and large roots help to hold a tree in place and anchor it in the soil. As the tree grows and the top becomes larger, greater stress is put on the roots to hold the tree in place. Past tree abuse, construction damage, soil compaction, limited growing space, and/or root rot predispose the tree to storm damage by weakening the root architecture. These damaged or defective roots can fail or cause trees to lean under a strong persistent wind and/or saturated soil.

Preventing Storm Damage
There is no way, except for complete enclosure, to protect trees from all storm damage. Trees are not adapted to worst-case scenario storms, only to our average wind climate. Listed are several things to minimize the main types of storm damage:

– Let trees adjust to the wind environment. Tight staking and guying at the time of planting is, in
most cases, not necessary and is generally left in place too long and can girdle a tree trunk.
– Practice proper pruning techniques by cutting dead, diseased and weakly attached branches before they become larger than two inches in diameter. Proper pruning minimizes a number of structural problems that lead to tree damage.

Moving Forward
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal, tree trimming needs, and preventative maintenance needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree pruners in Pasco.

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