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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.

Do not excavate within tree protection zones, unless otherwise indicated and approved. Before excavation, pad preparation, or grading for foundations, footings, walls, or trenching, relevant trees shall be root pruned 1 foot outside the tree protection zone as described below.

Where excavation for new construction is required within tree protection zones and approved, hand prune or utilize root pruning techniques described below prior to excavation. Do not allow exposed roots to dry out before placing permanent backfill. Provide temporary earth cover or pack with organic material and wrap with burlap. Water and maintain in a moist condition.

Temporarily support and protect roots from damage until they are permanently relocated and covered with soil. Where utility trenches are required near tree protection zones, tunnel under or around roots by drilling, auger boring, pipe jacking, or digging by hand around individual roots to mitigate damage to the root system and tree. A Supersonic Air tool (air spade) can also be used safely to open trenches without severing roots. See diagram 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 care 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.

Post-planting care should include:
Watering. Too much or too little water after transplanting is a major cause of tree
transplant failure. The site should be thoroughly watered immediately after planting, after
which the soil must be regularly monitored to prevent drying out. If rainfall is inadequate,
the soil around the plant’s roots should be deeply watered approximately every 10-14
days. If you are not sure if the soil is drying, dig down 3 to 4 inches next to the plant. Wet
soil at that depth verifies watering is not needed at that time.

Mulches help conserve moisture, moderate soil temperature and control weeds
around trees and shrubs. They are placed on the soil surface over the tree or shrub root
system. They should be applied 3 to 4 inches deep. Maintain a 4 to 6-inch mulch-free area
adjacent to the woody stems.

Fertilizer. Newly planted trees should not require fertilizer. Only fertilize if a soil test
indicates a deficiency. Transplanted trees should be fertilized around one year after
planting. The best material for small trees is well-rotted stable manure, added as a two-inch
layer of mulch around the tree annually. If chemical fertilizers are used, a formulation such as 10-8-6 or 10-6-4 is preferred. Use about 2 lbs per inch dbh. For evergreens, use half the recommended amount of chemical fertilizer, or use only organic fertilizers. Make holes 18 inches deep and 2 feet apart with a punch bar, crowbar, or augur, around the drip line of the tree. Distribute the fertilizer evenly into the holes, and close the holes with the heel of the shoe, or by filling with topsoil or peat moss. Fertilize trees in late fall or early spring before leaves emerge.

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 care company in Burbank, 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.

If any woody plants cannot be planted for more than a week, their roots should be
covered with mulch or moist soil and the plants should be placed in a protected and
shaded area. In all cases root systems should not be allowed to dry out; dry roots can
severely decrease the potential for transplant success.

Trees and shrubs must be protected when transporting to a planting site. Covered trucks
and vans are best, but if a pickup truck is used, a tarp must be in place to protect the plant
canopies and roots from drying winds in transit.

Planting and Post-Planting Care
Adequate planting holes are vital to initial tree survival during transplants. Tree pits should be dug two to three times wider than the transplant tree’s root ball. If the soil is clay and the sides of the hole become glazed during digging, the sides of the hole should be roughened with a shovel or spade. Tree pits should be pre-watered before planting in dry soils, as this prevents initial post-plant water from migrating away from the root ball.

Transplanted trees should be replanted at the same depth from which they were removed
for successful transplant. Damaged roots caused by transplanting should be clean-cut with a sharp blade prior to planting to prevent stress. If any circling or kinked roots are discovered during the transplantation procedure, sever them to prevent future girdling of the plant. Orient the tree in the same direction, relative to the sun, as it was facing in its previous location.

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 care company in Benton City, 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.

Injuries
Be sure to remove trunk wraps and check for injuries before purchasing trees. Incorrect pruning cuts are major problems that can lead to disease and defects.

Form
• Branch spacing: Branches should be evenly spaced and firmly attached to the trunk. Squeezed branches and weak branch unions will be problems as the tree grows larger.
• Trunks: If the tree has multiple trunks, make sure the trunks are well separated at the ground line. Trunks expand as the tree grows, so two trunks that are only slightly separated will squeeze together later.
• Cracks: Look for signs of vertical trunk cracks, especially at branch unions.

There are great differences in the environmental requirements for each tree species.

Consult with an arborist or landscaper if necessary.

Best Season to Transplant
The ideal time to plant trees and shrubs is during the dormant season in the fall after the leaf drop, or early spring before bud break. Weather conditions are cool and allow plants to establish roots in the new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth.

Storing and Transporting
Trees and shrubs that have been dug for transplanting should be planted as soon as
possible. Cover a root ball with damp material which will retain moisture (burlap, peat
moss, canvas, plastic, etc.) until planting.

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 care 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.

Tree pruning
Trees to remain that are affected by temporary and permanent construction shall be pruned as indicated.

Damage Mitigation and Replacement
Promptly repair trees damaged by construction operations within 24 hours. Treat damaged trunks, limbs, and roots according to arborist’s written instructions. Remove and replace trees indicated to remain that die or are damaged during construction operations that the arborist determines are incapable of restoring to normal growth pattern.

Provide new trees of caliper size and species selected by the owner when damaged trees are
required to be replaced. Plant and maintain new trees as specified. Aerate surface soil, compacted during construction, 10 feet beyond the drip line and no closer than 36 inches to the tree trunk using vertical mulching techniques or radial aeration techniques as instructed by whichever city you live in.

Selecting Trees: Common Problems
Root problems, injuries, and form are common problems when buying trees. Keep this in mind, buy high-quality trees, and plant them properly. Poor tree quality will lead to maintenance problems even if the tree is properly cared for.

Root problems
Trees for sale have one of two root treatments:
• Root-balled stock: roots in the soil are held in place by fabric or in a wire basket. The basal trunk flare should be visible and the root ball should be flat on top. The tree should not have many crushed or torn roots. The root ball diameter should be at least 10-12 times the trunk diameter measured 6 inches above the trunk flare.
• Container-grown stock. Roots should not circle in the container, and the trunk flare should be obvious, not buried.

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 care company in Pasco, 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.

Root Pruning: where required and approved, shall be done mechanically with a root pruning machine, vibratory plow, or with a narrow trencher with sharp blades. Once a trench is opened up, all exposed roots will be hand pruned to provide clean-cut ends. Do not cut main lateral roots or buttress roots; cut only smaller roots that interfere with the installation of utilities. Cut roots with sharp pruning instruments; do not break or pull with a backhoe or similar equipment.

Grading Limitations within the Tree Protection Zone:
Lowering the grade around trees can have an immediate and long-term effect on trees. Typically, most roots are within the top 3 feet of soil, and most of the fine roots active in water and nutrient absorption are in the top 12 inches.

• Grade changes within the Tree Protection Zone are not permitted.
• Grade changes outside the Tree Protection Zone shall not significantly alter drainage.
• Grade changes under specifically approved circumstances shall not allow more than 6 inches of fill soil or allow more than 4 inches of existing soil to be removed from natural grade, unless mitigated.
• Grade fills over 6 inches or impervious overlay shall incorporate an approved permanent aeration system, permeable material, or other approved mitigation.
• Grade cuts exceeding 4 inches shall incorporate retaining walls or an appropriate transition equivalent.

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 care company in Kennewick, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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We are having some extremely warm weather here in Benton City for July. But honestly, it’s typically like this. With that in mind, ensuring that our trees and landscaping are being taken care of, we should already be prepared for what to do.

Top Tree LLCt will visit the site and familiarize his/herself with the existing conditions including but not limited to soil characteristics, drainage, topography, structures and overhead and underground utilities.

Temporary Fencing: Install temporary fencing around tree protection zones to protect remaining trees and vegetation from construction damage. Maintain temporary fence and remove when construction is complete. Fencing should be the last item removed after completion of a project.

This fencing will be erected at a radius of two feet away from the trunk of the tree for every inch in stem diameter. Diameter is measured five feet above the ground. For trees four inches or less in diameter, the measurement will be at 6 inches above the ground. This radial distance is termed the “critical root zone” and will serve as the Tree Protection Zone (TPZ). Fencing will consist of heavy duty chain link. Fencing will be rigidly supported and maintained during all construction periods at a minimum height of 6.0 feet above grade.

  • Protect tree root systems from damage caused by runoff or spillage of noxious materials while mixing, placing, or storing construction materials.
  • Protect root systems from ponding, eroding, or excessive wetting caused by watering operations.
  • Mulch areas inside tree protection zones and other areas indicated.
  • Apply 4-inch thickness of organic mulch. Do not place mulch within 6 inches of the tree trunk to allow the trunk to breathe.
  • Do not store construction materials, debris, or excavated material inside tree protection zones.
  • Do not permit vehicles or foot traffic within tree protection zones; prevent soil compaction over root systems.
  • Maintain tree protection zones free of weeds and trash.

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 Benton City, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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We are having some extremely warm weather here in West Richland for July. But honestly, it’s typically like this. With that in mind, ensuring that our trees and landscaping are being taken care of, we should already be prepared for what to do.

Best Management Practices for Tree Preservation

  • Tree Service Firm Qualifications: We have successfully completed tree protection and trimming work similar to that required for large projects and that will assign an experienced, qualified arborist to the project site during execution of tree protection and trimming. The protection of trees identified to remain includes the maintenance of their health and vitality as well as their protection from physical damage and biotic and abiotic disease.
  • Mitigation Techniques: Utilize mitigation techniques for trees in construction areas as recommended by Top Tree LLC.
  • Topsoil: Natural or cultivated surface-soil layer containing organic matter and sand, silt, and clay particles; friable, pervious, and black or a darker shade of brown, gray, or red than underlying subsoil; reasonably free of subsoil, clay lumps, gravel, and other objects more than 1 inch in diameter; and free of weeds, roots, and toxic and other non-soil materials. Obtain topsoil only from well-drained sites where topsoil is 4 inches deep or more; do not obtain from bogs or marshes.
  • Filter Fabric: Manufacturer’s standard, non-woven, pervious, geo-textile fabric of polypropylene, nylon, or polyester fibers.
  • Organic Mulch: Shredded hardwood, free of deleterious materials.

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 West Richland, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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We are having some extremely warm weather here in Richland for July. But honestly, it’s typically like this. With that in mind, ensuring that our trees and landscaping are being taken care of, we should already be prepared for what to do.

Generally, the landscape plan must include details of plant materials; schedule of plantings; classification of street trees; preservation options; and existing landscape features. Consult the City of Richland Code of Ordinances for details on landscaping plans.

Tree protection and preservation provides proactive management of trees and shrubs throughout construction and other activities that may adversely affect trees and to manage and minimize damage to trees from construction practices. Tree maintenance shall be performed only by Top Tree LLC who is familiar with the practices and hazards of arboriculture and equipment used in such operations.

Tree, Shrub and other Woody Plant Maintenance Standard Practices:

  • Tree Maintenance and Mitigation Schedule: Written schedule from project arborist detailing the scope and extent of maintenance and mitigation techniques to be utilized for trees to remain that are affected by construction.
  • Qualification Data: For tree service firm and arborist.
  • Certification: From project arborist, certifying that trees indicated to remain have been protected during construction according to recognized standards and that trees were promptly and properly treated and repaired when damaged.
  • Mitigation techniques to be used: From project arborist, for care and protection of trees affected by construction during and after completing the work.

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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We are having some extremely warm weather here in Pasco for July. But honestly, it’s typically like this. With that in mind, ensuring that our trees and landscaping are being taken care of, we should already be prepared for what to do.

Site Conditions
Consider the following site conditions when selecting a tree:
Soil: Soil should have adequate quality and volume to support mature tree growth. Test soil before planting, if possible.

Hardiness zone:

  • Exposure to wind and sun – most woody plants require full sunlight, but some do
    well in light shade. Wind can uproot newly planted trees, cause damage during
    storms, and dry out soils. Special maintenance may be required to establish trees
    on windy sites.
  • Space constraints – soil volume and proximity of infrastructure as tree mature.
  • Nearby human activity – what activities will occur around the planting site? Will
    there be compaction? Vandalism? Will the tree be overwatered by runoff from
    adjacent sites?
  • Drainage – Poor drainage can deprive the roots of oxygen and kill the tree.

Susceptibility to pests and diseases
Pests and disease affect almost every species, and pest severity varies geographically. Consult an ISA Certified Arborist to help select trees resistant to pest problems in your area.

Diversity
Avoid planting monocultures, which are more susceptible to disease. Plant a variety of species to provide a more sustainable urban forest.

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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