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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 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.

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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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We have a couple times of year where the wind in Kennewick 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.

Blow-over The tree is physically pushed over by strong persistent winds. Past tree abuse, poor
maintenance, pest problems (like fusiform cankers on pine or root rot in hardwoods) predispose the tree to storm damage by weakening the wood architecture.

Stem and/or Branch Failure Trees with old and no longer visible injury sites, large trees with multiple trunks or branches that are poorly-attached or have narrow branch angles are structurally weaker than normal solid wood. These damaged or defective areas can quickly fail under a strong persistent wind and/or saturated soil.

Crown Twist Trees are never perfectly symmetrical in every direction. Many trees, through past abuse or poor maintenance have lopsided crowns. The more wind on one side of the crown than on another produces a twist on major branches and the main stem. During a storm, the twisting effect can magnify weaknesses around old injuries and the stem will split or the branches collapse.

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. 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.

Historic, specimen and even yard trees are valuable, especially when landscapes are designed around them. While these trees provide economic and ecological value to our landscapes, they can also become major financial and social losses during storms.

Most storm events bring wind and precipitation; factors that affect how trees stand up and fall down. Trees are biologically engineered to adjust to wind. Under normal weather conditions, trees sway in the wind and that movement causes the trunk wood to strengthen over time. During the life of a tree, it develops a trait known as “wind firmness”. Most open-grown trees develop good wind firmness in all directions over the years. Trees grown in confined areas may not be as wind firm and storm resilient.

There are several types of storm damage that occurs to trees: blow-over, stem or branch failure, crown twist, and root failure. Each type is the result of a complex and interactive mix of past maintenance practices, tree structure and climate.

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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Pruning your tree will be a consistent priority. It’s just part of home ownership and property ownership. We look forward to helping you with any questions you have about how, why, and how often. We want to be your goto tree pruning company in Pasco.

When to Prune?
When to prune depends to a large extent on why you prune. Light pruning and the removal of dead wood can be done anytime. Otherwise, here are some guidelines, but recognizing that individual species may differ.

Winter: Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice. It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring and should be used if that is the desired effect. It is usually best to wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. Some species, such as maple, walnut, and birches, may “bleed” when sap begins to flow. This is not harmful, and will cease when the tree leafs out.

Spring: At the latest, prune well before the buds swell and new leaves begin to develop.

Summer: To direct the growth by slowing the branches you don’t want; or to slow or “dwarf” the development of a tree or branch, pruning should be done soon after seasonal growth is complete. The reason for the slowing effect is that you reduce the total leaf surface, thereby reducing the amount of food manufactured and sent to the roots for their development and next year’s growth of crown.

Fall: Because decay fungi spread their spores profusely in the fall and healing of wounds seems to be slower on fall cuts, this is a good time to leave your pruning tools in storage. Flowering Trees If your purpose for pruning is to enhance flowering:

  1. For trees or shrubs that bloom in summer or fall on current year’s growth, prune in winter.
  2. For trees that bloom in spring from buds on one-year-old wood, prune when their flowers fade.

We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal and tree trimming 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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Pruning your tree will be a consistent priority. It’s just part of home ownership and property ownership. We look forward to helping you with any questions you have about how, why, and how often. We want to be your goto tree pruning company in Richland.

Tree Location and Training
A tree’s location is an important consideration for Step 3, “Select and establish the lowest permanent branch.” The height of the lowest permanent branch is determined by both the location and use of the tree. Trees planted along streets or in parking lots need to allow clearance for vehicles. For street trees, many cities require an 8-foot clearance above the sidewalk and 14-feet over the street. Trees in parking lots need a 12 to 14-foot clearance. Trees in parks and yards have variable clearance requirements. If access is not needed, or if the tree is used for wind protection or as a visual screen, then the lower branches should be retained.

Conifers
The Five Steps can be applied to conifers, but with some modifications. Steps 1 and 2 are important. Damaged branches and competing leaders need to be removed. Step 3 may be important depending on the tree’s location. If clearance is needed for vehicles, equipment, or people, then Step 3 should be applied. Step 4 is not as important for conifers as it is for hardwood species. In many cases this step can be skipped entirely. Look for and remove branches with weak attachments, however. Step 5 is needed if a lowest permanent branch is established.

We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal and tree trimming 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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Pruning your tree will be a consistent priority. It’s just part of home ownership and property ownership. We look forward to helping you with any questions you have about how, why, and how often. We want to be your goto tree pruning company in Kennewick.

Reduced maintenance costs.
Trained trees require less maintenance when they are mature. Typically, trained trees have fewer branches than untrained trees, which means less pruning. In addition, well-spaced branches provide easier access for arborists, and pruning can be accomplished in a shorter period of time. Finally, trained trees may not have structural defects that require correction by cabling, bracing, canopy thinning, and codominant stem removal, which avoids substantial costs.

Increased tree longevity.
Simply by remaining intact longer, trained trees serve as functional components of the urban forest for more time than untrained trees. Trained trees have a lower potential for structural failure than untrained trees. Failed trees and hazardous trees need to be removed. Trees that have sustained substantial partial failure often need to be removed because they are hazardous or unsightly.

How Much To Prune?
Generally, no more than 25% of the canopy of a young tree should be removed in any one year. In some cases, removing only 5% to 10% will be sufficient to develop structure and form. With particularly fast-growing trees or trees with significant defects, over 25% may need to be removed. You can reduce the height of a large tree by up to 30%. It is important that approximately half of the trees foliage originate in the lower two-thirds of the tree.

We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal and tree trimming 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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Pruning your tree will be a consistent priority. It’s just part of home ownership and property ownership. We look forward to helping you with any questions you have about how, why, and how often. We want to be your goto tree pruning company in the Tri-Cities.

Finding proper care for your tree is important. Your best assurance of obtaining professional work is by using the services of an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. We are certified arborists in the Tri-Cities.

The type of pruning your tree gets is critical to its health, longevity, safety, and appearance. Proper pruning is important because trees add beauty and enhance property value, up to 27%. Improperly pruned or neglected trees can result in: suffering tree health, lessened property value, increased potential hazards and liability, and increased long-term maintenance costs.

Improved structural strength.
By removing defects such as weak branch attachments and codominant stems, trained trees are structurally stronger than untrained trees. Structurally stronger trees have a lower potential for failure.

We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal and tree trimming 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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