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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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    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
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        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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It’s just about March which means Spring is almost here. In the Tri-Cities, Springtime is the “windy season”. If you have tall trees on or around your property, you will want to be mindful of how to properly thin your trees to keep them safe in blustery conditions. Let’s continue with our series on “all things pruning”.

Reducing the Crown
Reducing crown size places stress on a tree because many cuts are required. Although reduction cuts are preferred when reducing crown size, heading cuts are sometimes necessary. Reduction can lead to dead bark on top of retained branches from sudden sun exposure; this is very damaging to trees. For these reasons, it is best not to reduce the entire crown if at all possible, especially on mature trees. However, reduction is a useful pruning method which has many applications, especially when applied to selected portions of the crown for specific objectives. For example, it is a useful means of retaining very old trees. Trees have endured crown reduction since arriving on the planet having been reduced in size as they break in storms.

The objective is to make reduction cuts so lateral branch tips remain intact on the outer edge of the new, smaller crown. Ideally, pruning cuts should be hidden and the crown periphery should look a bit jagged. Resist the temptation to create a smooth crown outline by pruning retained lateral branches because these are destined to become the main branches on the new, smaller crown. Heading, shearing, tipping, lopping, or rounding-over are considered substandard techniques for reducing the size of a shade tree because they compromise the tree’s structure. If more than twenty-five or thirty percent of the foliage will be removed on anything but a young tree, consider dividing the job into two sessions, one growing season apart, to minimize starch energy removal and stress-induced sprouting.

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Lower branches often have to be removed to clear them from traffic, to prune them away from a building or walk, make signs visible that were installed too far off the ground, or open up a desirable view. Shortening or thinning limbs in large trees is preferred over removal because of the negative health impacts of large limb removal. Crown raising does minimal damage to a tree as long as removed limbs are not too large, only a few branches are removed at one time, and many branches are not removed from the same spot. The best way to accomplish this is by structurally pruning over time to keep low branches small.

Removing too many low branches shifts future growth to the top of the tree. Wind is stronger there, and with no low branches, crown movement at the top of the tree can not be counter-acted, or damped, by the removed lower branches. Too much raising also causes dysfunctional wood leading to cracks and possibly decay inside the trunk. Removing too many lower branches can result in sunburn on the lower trunk and causes sprouting on the trunk and remaining limbs.

The crown ratio should be at least 60 percent, which means there should be living branches along the upper 60 percent of the trunk to distribute stress and develop trunk taper for stability and strength. Some branches should be left on the lower one-half of the trunk. Similarly, half the leaves on smaller limbs should originate from secondary branches on the lower two-thirds of these limbs where practical. Lions-tailing is not synonymous with crown raising and is considered inappropriate pruning. Removing up to 50 percent of the leaves and belonging to branches from the lower crown on conifers has little impact on subsequent growth and movement in wind. In contrast, thinning the top half of the crown would have a greater effect.

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Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree removal needs in Benton City. All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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It’s just about March which means Spring is almost here. In the Tri-Cities, Springtime is the “windy season”. If you have tall trees on or around your property, you will want to be mindful of how to properly thin your trees to keep them safe in blustery conditions. Let’s continue with our series on “all things pruning”.

Improper Pruning Techniques
Sadly, the trunk or larger branches are sometimes pruned with heading cuts in order to bring a large tree to a specified size. This is called topping and is not recommended because it damages trees permanently. Heading large branches causes problems including large amounts of decay in many species, weak sprouts, and dead branch stubs. Topping can potentially kill trees. When a tree needs regular pruning to keep it small, perhaps the wrong tree was planted in that location. You might consider replanting with an appropriately sized plant, or else move the obstacle you were pruning the tree away from and structurally prune to develop strong structure. Heading cuts can be used occasionally when restoring trees following storms, and in other selected instances. Stripping out the small branches and foliage from the interior of the crown also damages trees.

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Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree removal needs in West Richland. All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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Structural pruning is needed for all trees. Pruning cuts will be small in nature leaving meaningless wounds when pruning is conducted on a regular basis. The goal is to prevent all branches and stems from growing larger than about half the diameter of the trunk. Younger trees respond better to structural pruning. Changes in branch diameter relative to trunk diameter brought about by structural pruning are slower to manifest on medium-aged and mature trees than on younger trees because the core trunk and branch structure has already been established. Prune often and begin at planting.

There are a few simple steps to maintaining a dominant trunk leader. The first step is to spot the stem that will make the best dominant trunk. It should be in the center of the crown, and crack free, openings, mechanical damage, large pruning wounds, cankers or other defects that could compromise its strength. The next step is to spot the stems and branches that might be competing with this stem. The last step is to remove those competing stems and branches back to the trunk, or subordinate by shortening them with a reduction cut. Be sure to remove branches that are clustered together and growing from the same point on the trunk. Ideally, only one large branch grows from one position on the trunk.

In contrast to younger trees, structure changes in older trees happen less because parts are much larger and growth has slowed. But, structural pruning is still recommended making two- to four-inch-diameter cuts on stems and other weak limbs. Similar to small trees, the focus is on reducing the length of stems and branches that compete with the leader, and those with defects. Removing additional branches behind the reduction cut can suppress growth rate on the pruned stem even further. Unlike reduction cuts, removing only secondary lateral branches from stems and branches that compete with the leader on mature trees causes less dysfunctional wood behind pruning cuts. However, secondary branch removal does less to relieve mechanical stress along the pruned branch than reduction. Moreover, the branch may be forced to grow too long unless it is reduced in length with a reduction cut.

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Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree removal needs in Pasco. All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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It’s almost March which means that Spring is just around the corner. In the Tri-Cities, Springtime is usually the “windy season”. If you have tall trees on or around your property, you will want to be mindful of how to properly thin your trees to keep them safe in blustery conditions.

Why Should You Prune?
Improper tree architecture or structure is at the top of the list of tree failure causes. Most failed trees are removed at very high cost in built landscapes. Pruning is less expensive than removal, and if properly done, can prevent premature tree removal and extend tree life span. When done correctly, pruning is one of the most sustainable tree inputs. On the other hand, pruning can cause structural and health problems for the tree when done improperly.

Trees that become too big lack good mechanisms to cope with the spreading habit when the crown is raised off the ground. Many trees also are not well adapted to maintain the upright, multi-leader habit. Their mechanical and biological properties are inadequate to support these forms because this is very different from their natural habit. Many defects can arise such as bark inclusions, a serious defect rare in the moist forest, is common in the union of large branches on open-grown trees. This was the cause of the failure shown above.

In response to crown raising, low aggressive limbs and stems grow up at an angle into the permanent crown in a manner unfamiliar to most trees. They can break as they grow long and heavy. Other branches may sag and get in the way requiring their removal after growing quite large. These three conditions can lead to a shortened life from cracks, broken trees, and trunk decay.

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Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree removal needs in Richland. All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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It’s the end of February which means that Spring is just around the corner.  Hopefully… We’re still getting hammered with cold temperatures and snow. Here in the Tri-Cities, Springtime is synonymous with “blowing wind”. If you have tall trees on or around your property, you will want to be mindful of how to properly thin your trees to keep them safe in blustery conditions.

Trees are trimmed and thinned in numerous areas because tree owners believe this is what should be done to trees, or they like the appearance of a thinned crown, or it’s a normal method of trimming in the region. Parts of the Tri-Cities where thinning is rarely practiced do not appear to experience more storm-related tree damage than regions where thinning is common.

Thinning is conducted on large or small trees for a number of other reasons. Although entire-tree thinning can be useful, structural pruning should be considered before the entire crown is thinned. In fact, structural pruning is probably the best way to thin. A strategic approach would be to structurally prune to reduce defects, then thin to shape and balance to the desired crown aesthetics if maximum pruning dose has not been exceeded. Other than to avoid storm damage, entire-tree thinning of landscape trees is mostly an aesthetic practice that lasts only a short time.

Thinning removes limbs and branches from the end portion of trunks and limbs. Pruning cuts to thin the crown of a large tree typically range in size from one to five inches in diameter. For purposes of limiting damage from wind, cuts smaller than about one inch in diameter appears to be less effective. However, small cuts of one-quarter to one-half inch in diameter can be used to thin small ornamental trees and citrus for aesthetics and other reasons. Proper thinning does not change the overall size of the tree.

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We have some hot, dry weather here in the Tri-Cities. When it comes to dry weather, before deciding whether to prune your drought-stressed tree, first remove excess leaves. If moisture is present, growth will remain and buds will emerge. Also evaluate the tree’s surroundings, such as sidewalks, buildings and other obstructions, and the value of the limbs in question.

There are three levels to determine the value of tree roots and branches:

No value: Limbs are dead, broken or hazardous. Prune them at any time – you will not harm the tree.

  • Low value: Limbs are typically crossing or rubbing branches, or co-dominant branches that are the same size. Prune these with caution, keeping safety and tree health in mind.
  • High value: Limbs are often found on healthy, good-looking trees. Prune these only for cosmetic reasons.

Pruning Tips

In general, never prune more than 25 percent of your tree’s foliage at one time. In some cases, cabling and bracing might be better for your tree than pruning. But if pruning is necessary, a few guidelines can help you protect your trees from further damage:

  • Prune with sharp, clean tools to make small, clean cuts. Disinfect tools with rubbing alcohol.
    Only prune dry trees with angled cuts to help the water drip from the branches. Wet branches can spread disease if spores are present.
  • Avoid pruning branches that connect at a V-shaped crotch.
  • Remember that topping gives trees weak branching.
  • For trees with summer blossoms, prune them in winter before the buds break.
  • Some trees prefer to be pruned during certain times of the year, so check with your local, licensed arborist for advice.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Pasco, we would like to earn your business.

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Step One: Inspection
Look for critical risk trees. Do you have trees on your property that look like they’re about to fall over? Do you have trees on you property that have wind damage problems? The wind in the Tri-Cities can wreak havoc on our trees. As Spring time gets near, the wind will blow a little harder.

Step Two: Identify Specific Issues
Inclement weather isn’t the only thing that can ruin the health of your trees. Diseases and bug infestations can wipe out entire swaths of trees. The emerald ash borer , for example, rampant in 21 states, is attacking thousands of ash trees across the U.S.

These sparkly green bugs, approximately an inch long, emerge from ash trees in the spring. D-shaped holes or shallow S-shaped trails under the bark are telltale signs that EAB has made your tree its home. If signs of an invasive infestation are present, take note and notify a professionally trained, certified arborist immediately. Our professionally trained arborists will acknowledge hazards, explain potential concerns and may find something you missed while inspecting your trees.

Step Three Schedule a Check Up

Do you see something that causes concern? When in doubt, schedule a free consultation. Hire us to provide the best care for your trees. We will acknowledge current hazards, explain potential concerns and may find something you missed.Remember, saving trees can be done quickly and will save money in the long run. In most cases, treating trees is far less expensive than removing and replacing them.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Kennewick, we would like to earn your business.

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Watering Your Trees

New trees need to be watered at the time of planting. In addition, during their first season, they should be watered a minimum of one week in the absence of rain and often during the height of the summer. However, care should be taken not to overwater as this may result in oxygen deprivation.

If you are uncertain as to whether a tree needs watering, dig down 6-8 inches at the edge of the planting hole. If the soil at that depth feels powdery or crumbly, the tree needs water. Adequately moistened soil should form a ball when squeezed. Frequent deep soakings are better than frequent light wettings. Water should reach a depth of 12 to 18 inches below the soil surface to encourage ideal root growth.

A new way to ensure a constant supply of moisture is through the use of superabsorbent polymer crystals that absorb moisture when the surrounding soil is moist and release it again when the soil dries out.

Mulching Your Trees

To conserve moisture and promote water and air penetration, the backfilled soil surrounding newly-planted trees can be covered with mulch consisting of a material such as bark, wood chips or pine needles (although the acidity associated with pine needles is not suited for many plants). Mulch depth should be between 3 to 4 inches. Do not, under any circumstances, cover the area surrounding the tree with plastic sheeting since air and water movement are prevented. Porous landscape fabric can be used since it freely allows water and air penetration.

Fertilizer Your Trees

Since all soils have a history, it can be beneficial to get soil analyzed properly for macronutrients such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), micronutrients, pH, soil type, and drainage. Although many trees survive without fertilizer at time of planting, the majority of plants suffer root loss and stress associated with movement between ideal nursery grown conditions and the final planting.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Richland, we would like to earn your business.

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If you top your tree, it will be susceptible to insects and disease. Your tree will have multiple exposures that are large and small. If your tree has been topped, you will want to be on guard for a wide range of bugs and disease.

Commercial Treatments
There is a whole wide list of chemical treatments to keep insects away from your trees. You may have fruit or citrus trees. You may have trees and shrubs and want to buy only a couple different types of repellent. If you want to go this route, you can go to any home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowes and find what you need.

DIY Treatments
There are a bunch of organic and DIY ways to treat your trees for insects and disease. You can find these methods on any website on the Internet. Some of these methods work and some don’t. The best way to identify which ways work and which ways don’t is to do as much research and read as many reviews as you can.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Tri-Cities, we would like to earn your business.

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