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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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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Crapemyrtle is multi-stemmed tree that is quickly becoming more common in landscapes across the country. A true multiple season of interest plant, this genus is grown not only for its colorful, late blooming flowers but also for its showy bark and consistently beautiful fall color. The most common species is Lagerstroemia indica. Nurseries offer many cultivars and more are being developed all the time. There are sizes and shapes to fit any palette and flower colors from whites to reds, pink and purple and every shade in between.

Unfortunately, often little care is taken to select an appropriate cultivar for the site resulting in the wrong plant for the spot. A worthy smaller cultivar that is a favorite of mine is Lagerstroemia indica ‘Velma’s Royal Delight’. This cultivar is well suited to our shrinking urban landscape since its very compact; usually reaching only four to five feet high with an equal spread.

The foliage is a nice dark green with good mildew resistance and decent fall color. The flowers are a very nice magenta often covering the plant. Its bark is not as showy as some cultivars but still offers good winter interest. It also has excellent cold hardiness. Velma’s Royal Delight is a very good crapemyrtle to add to the urban tree list.

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 trimmers in Burbank.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

For arborists, the issues related to tree health and safety are the major concerns regarding ivy. Ivy can reduce tree stability and lead to failure for a number of reasons. Structural or flare roots are one of the most critical areas of a tree to inspect. If this area is obscured by ivy, no arborist can conduct a proper risk assessment of the tree, and critical information about tree stability cannot be determined. In addition, ivy adds considerable weight and wind resistance in a tree canopy.

Since ivy is evergreen, the added weight of rain, snow, or ice will accumulate on ivy-covered trees in winter. Mitigation: The best scenario for trees and the native environment is to eradicate ivy from the landscape. This can be achieved through hand removal, judicious use of herbicides, or ideally a combination of the two. If complete removal is not desired from an aesthetic or budget perspective, there are a few practices that can limit the negative impact of ivy on trees and the environment.

First, remove ivy from tree trunks, and pull ivy back at least 3 feet from the base of any tree. This will mitigate the weight, moisture, and wind resistance issues associated with ivy, and will leave the structural roots visible for inspection. In addition to tree trunks, whenever possible ivy should be prevented from climbing on any vertical surfaces such as walls or fences. Ivy only produces seed when it is growing vertically, so a well-maintained groundcover of ivy is far less likely to provide seed for an invasion of natural areas than ivy that is climbing up walls or trees.

Properly managed ivy may add aesthetic value to a landscape, however all too often this invasive weed is left to run amok, damaging ecosystems and leading to structural instability and unknown risk in large trees.

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 trimmers in West Richland.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Diversity in the urban landscape concerns arborists everywhere. We learned from the near-extinction of the American elm due to Dutch elm disease that over planting a single species can have catastrophic results. In a homogenous culture, it only takes one pest or disease to devastate an entire tree population. It is now commonly suggested that no one species should represent more than five percent of planting. This increased diversity
is a challenge:

It will be hard to achieve the uniform look along streets that many find desirable
There’s no guarantee that a pest or disease with a broad host range will not do serious damage
A desirable variety of species might not be adequately available
Some species may not be as well adapted to a local urban environment as others
Our changing environment and/or global trade could introduce new and exotic pests.

More plant diversity doesn’t assure a problem-free urban forest future. However, it will also improve the biological diversity of insects and birds. And most important, more diversity will lead to the ultimate goal of urban forest sustainability.

Ivy on Trees
Although long used as a ground-cover and with a name synonymous with venerable old institutions; simply put, ivy is bad for trees. No ivy species is native to the United States. Many species are aggressively invasive and displace native species. In North America, the most common culprits are English ivy and Irish or Atlantic ivy.

Ivy is a problem in landscape settings because it competes with desirable plant species for water and nutrients, but most importantly, ivy leads to concern for tree structure and failure potential.

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 trimmers in Richland.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Keeping Drought in Mind
Areas of Washington could see drought conditions from time to time, and many trees and shrubs are paying the price. Early effects of drought include wilting or discoloration of foliage, shedding of leaves or needles, and reduction in growth. As drought stress continues, plants become more susceptible to disease and insect issues to which they would normally be resistant.

Pests like beetles and fungi are often only found attacking stressed trees, and are being found more and more frequently affecting Washington landscapes. Irrigating plants is the first approach, though not for Washington who are asked to cut back on water usage.

Mulching the root zone with fresh wood chips will help to retain irrigation or natural moisture in the soil, and it will help to regulate extreme soil temperatures, which is an additional tree stress that often goes hand in hand with drought. In addition, there are a few more advanced options that may become necessary as the drought continues:

Wetting Agents: One heavy watering with a wetting agent will allow future irrigation events to be more effective in moistening the root zone.

Plant growth regulators: Treated plants will have slightly smaller leaves, thicker leaves and thicker wax cuticles, hairier leaves, and more energy going to root growth.

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 trimmers in Pasco.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Damage From Construction
Protect the tree roots from soil compaction, paving, or mechanical damage. Remember that tree roots extend two to three times the width of the canopy. Roots are required for structural stability and for supplying water and nutrients. The amount of damage a tree can suffer from root loss depends on how close the cut is made to the trunk. Severing one major root can cause the loss of a majority of the root system.

Monitoring Insects and Disease
Monitor for pest problems on a regular basis and treat only if necessary. Some pests can damage or kill plants, but not all insects and disease organisms pose a significant threat or require treatment. By first identifying the problem, it can be determined if any treatment is necessary.

When Trees & Grass Compete
Turfgrass roots colonize the top two to three inch layer of soil while tree roots are concentrated in the top six to twelve inches of soil. Because of these root depths, trees and turfgrasses compete for the same soil nutrients and moisture. Turfgrass may compete more successfully than the tree for water and nutrients, especially if established before the tree. Mulching eliminates some of this competition by allowing only the tree to use the nutrients and water applied under the tree. Most turf grasses do not grow well in the heavy shade anyway.

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 trimmers in Kennewick.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Established Trees
The length of time for the establishment of a tree depends on the original tree size and the growing conditions after planting. All trees experience transplant shock regardless of tree size when planted. During the period of transplant shock, both root and shoot growth are reduced. Vigorous growth does not return until the roots are established. A one inch calliper tree, with proper care, should develop an established root system by the end of the first year. A four-inch calliper tree is larger and requires a minimum of five years to develop an established root system.

Fertilizing Your Trees
Fertilizer and lime could be applied based on soil test results. Fertilization is not a cure-all for aging trees, but may be used to complement other tree maintenance activities. Younger trees benefit more from fertilization than older trees. In early spring, broadcast a slow-release fertilizer evenly over mulched and unmulched surfaces in the root zone area. Fertilizer should always be applied to moist soil to improve uptake and to reduce the chance of root injury. Improper fertilizer type, rate, and application can injure plants.

Mulching For Your Trees
Mulch retains soil moisture and moderates soil temperature extremes. A two to four-inch layer set out to the tree’s drip line is ideal. More than a four-inch mulch depth can cause problems with oxygen and moisture levels. Avoid piles that look like “volcanos”. Keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk to avoid pest and disease problems. Mulch provides a kept appearance while preventing damage from lawn care equipment. When a trunk is damaged, it slows growth and can lead to infestation and wood decay as well as tree decline and death.

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 trimmers in the Tri-Cities.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Pruning may be required when transplanting trees. The amount of pruning depends on the size of the root ball and plant canopy, health of the plant, and the species transplanted.

Insect-infested stems or those infected with the disease should be removed during transplanting. Any broken stems should be removed as well. Additional pruning of shrubs may be required to balance the leaf area with the reduced size of the root system, but further pruning of deciduous trees should be postponed for at least one year after transplanting. Pruning should be limited to diseased, insect-infested and broken limbs. Pruning Standards: Prune trees according to current pruning standards.

Pruning
A good structure of primary scaffold branches should be established while the tree is young. The scaffold branches provide the framework of the mature tree. Properly trained young trees will develop a strong structure that requires less corrective pruning as they mature.

The goal in training young trees is to establish a strong trunk with sturdy, well-spaced branches. The strength of the branch structure depends on the relative sizes of the branches, the branch angles, and the spacing of the limbs. Naturally, those factors vary with the growth habit of the tree.

We will continue this series over the next few months covering a wide array of topics. Don’t forget, when you’re looking for the best tree maintenance company in the Tri-Cities, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Continuing with Best Practices
Mechanical Support. Mechanical support for trees may be necessary when the tree is tall, slow to recover, heavily foliaged, or planted in a sandy site. Most small trees do not require staking or other support and will develop strong trunks faster if allowed to move freely with the wind. For trees that do require mechanical support, staking may be used. Two stakes can be placed opposite of each other and the tree anchored to the stakes with a non abrasive material, such as a soft, broad, fabric strap. Any support provided to a tree should be removed as soon as the tree can stand alone, usually after the first growing season. The sooner the support is removed, the faster the tree will become stronger.

Mechanical Support
The decision on which trees to preserve and which trees to remove should be based on tree evaluation.

1. Positively identify ownership before authorizing tree removal.
2. Have Top Tree LLC in West Richland evaluate tree health and risk for failure before removing.
3. We Use only experienced, certified professionals to remove trees.
4. Evaluate trees at risk for failure using ISA approved methods, which include the assessment of the probability of failure, the size of the part that may fail, and the targets that may be affected should the tree fail.

We will continue this series over the next few months covering a wide array of topics. Don’t forget, when you’re looking for the best tree maintenance company in Kennewick, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Trees located within a certain distance of new construction, generally 20 feet or less, are almost always recommended for removal. Tree condition is also a good assessment for whether a tree would be a candidate for removal. Young, vigorous, healthy trees are the best candidates for protection, because they grow new tissue quickly and adapt readily to new environments.

However, it is large, old trees that are most often the focus of preservation. Of course, it is possible to preserve old trees as long as they are healthy, but younger ones may give the best return on investment. Vigorous trees usually have full canopies and healthy leaves. Three conditions indicate poor tree health. First the leaves are small and pale for the species. Second, some of the branches are dead. Finally, most of the foliage arises from short twigs along the major limbs, known as epicormic growth. Trees with large cavities or other structural weaknesses are not good candidates for preservation, unless the problems can be alleviated by pruning, cabling or bracing.

Evaluation guidelines for possible removal:
• Tree is dead or dying.
• Tree is deemed hazardous, when the hazardous condition cannot be corrected through pruning or other reasonable arboricultural practices. When trees are not deemed dead, dying or hazardous, the following factors will be considered:
• Life expectancy of the tree.
• Desirability of the tree species.
• Amount of space available for tree growth.
• Overall quality and structural integrity of the tree.
• Persistent and uncontrollable insect, disease or fruiting problems.

We will continue this series over the next few months covering a wide array of topics. Don’t forget, when you’re looking for the best tree maintenance company in Richland, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

  • Frequency and extensiveness of the tree’s maintenance requirements.
  • Feasibility and timeliness of planting a replacement tree.
  • Proximity and quality of trees near to the one considered for removal.
  • Wishes and desires of the property owner/resident.
  • Quality and extent of past pruning and other tree maintenance practices the tree has undergone.
  • Extent and frequency of damage the tree is causing to surrounding infrastructure such as sidewalks, streets, sewers, etc.
  • Location of the tree with regard to street lights, traffic control devices, intersection sight lines and the
  • requirements of the tree related to available growing space.

Unless the tree is deemed a hazard, there must be a minimum of two weeks between the time it is marked for removal and the actual removal date. Shortly after the tree is removed the stump must be ground out.

Tree Replacement
In the event that a tree or trees designated for preservation on an approved Tree Conservation Plan, Site Plan or Erosion and Sediment Control Plan are severely damaged, destroyed or removed, they shall be replaced upon notice by the Zoning Inspector at the rates recommended below.

We will continue this series over the next few months covering a wide array of topics. Don’t forget, when you’re looking for the best tree maintenance company in Pasco, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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