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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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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 a 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 crape myrtle 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 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 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.

The Thought of Drought
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.

Construction Damage
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.

Insect & Disease Monitoring
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.

Tree & Turf Grass Root Competition
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 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.

Mulching
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.

Fertilization
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.

Tree Establishment
The length of time for 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 caliper tree, with proper care, should develop an established root system by the end of the first year. A four inch caliper tree is larger and requires a minimum of five years to develop an established root system.

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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Winters in Benton City can be hit or miss. This year along, we’ve seen temperatures in December ranging from the low 50 degrees to the high teens. In the seasons we have the bitter cold temps couple with snow, you’ll want to understand how these temperatures can affect trees and potential damage from ice.

Repairing Damaged Bark
During ice storms, broken limbs often tear and strip bark. It is important to repair torn bark to avoid the spread of disease and the invasion of insects; it will also improve the tree’s appearance. Use a chisel or sharp knife to smooth ragged edges of the dead bark.

Remove all loose bark to the point where it is firmly attached to the tree. Shape the wound into an ellipse. The rounded ends prevent dieback of the cambium.  Keep the wound as narrow and small as possible to help the tree heal as quickly as possible.

The tops of young conifers are often bent or broken off during ice storms. Corrective pruning can be used for individual trees and in conifer plantations. Corrective pruning in plantations will reduce the negative impact of the broken tops on future timber value. Cut the broken or bent tops just above the first live whorl. This will encourage a branch in the top whorl to become the new leader. Find the best branch and gently bend it upwards. Using a biodegradable rag (i.e., cotton, linen) attach the branch to a pole that is tied to the tree’s trunk. This should straighten the branch and encourage it to become the new leader. In plantations, prune approximately 500 trees per hectare and try to space the pruned trees throughout the plantation.

Severely damaged conifer plantations that are over 15 years old may require cleanup. If the plantation has trees more than 15 centimeters in diameter, you may want to salvage any wood that can be sold. A professional should be called for advice as soon as possible to avoid a decrease in the quality of wood.

When you’re looking for tree maintenance and tree care in Benton City, we should be your first choice. We are some of the only certified arborists in town and we are very good at what we do. Let us explain to you why we’re your best bet to take care of your trees.

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Winters in West Richland can be hit or miss. This year along, we’ve seen temperatures in December ranging from the low 50 degrees to the high teens. In the seasons we have the bitter cold temps coupled with snow, you’ll want to understand how these temperatures can affect trees and potential damage from ice.

Be sure to use the proper tools for pruning. Use chainsaws only to remove the larger portion of storm-damaged limbs. Use smaller pruning tools that are more easily controlled e.g., hand saws, pruning poles, etc. If branches are beyond your reach, use a pole saw or ladder. Keep pruning tools clean and sharp. Diseases can be spread by tools after you cut an infected plant.

To sterilize pruning tools, clean them in a mixture of one part household bleach to 10-parts water. The key to tree recovery is proper branch stub pruning. Branches which have been pruned correctly will form a large callus to seal the wound. If removing branches, do not cut into the collar that has formed at the base of the branch.

The collar is the raised ring of protective tissue circling the branch and acts as a barrier to further decay. Trimming above the branch collar will result in a wound that closes quickly and completely. Try not to leave a long broken stub as this will prevent the wound from healing quickly and will encourage fungus and insects. Do not prune flush to the main stem as this creates a large hole that will be slow to heal. Cut larger branches using a three-step method (see Figure 2) so the weight of the branch will not cause it to break and tear the bark below the limb. If the job looks too large or dangerous, hire a professional. If the top of the tree was damaged, make repairs by cutting the stem at about a 45-degree angle below the break and just above the first live branch. This will prevent water from entering or pooling in the affected area.

Many hardwoods are specially equipped to recover from damage to the crown. Species like poplar, silver maple and elm often develop epicormic branches in response to lost or damaged branches. Not all species are equally successful at producing these branches. Do not cover wounds with prepared compounds. Trees have their own protection mechanisms that will effectively seal the wound.

When you’re looking for tree maintenance and tree care in West Richland, we should be your first choice. We are some of the only certified arborists in town and we are very good at what we do. Let us explain to you why we’re your best bet to take care of your trees.

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Winters in Pasco can be hit or miss. This year along, we’ve seen temperatures in December ranging from the low 50 degrees to the high teens. In the seasons we have the bitter cold temps couple with snow, you’ll want to understand how these temperatures can affect trees and potential damage from ice.

Protect yourself — always get estimates from at least three contractors. Insist on invoices for the work done and keep your receipts. To contact the experts, go to our Contact Page.

Ice Coated Trees
Some trees will continue to be ice covered or frozen into the snow crust after the storm. Generally, it is advised not to remove the ice and snow, although each tree is different. It is often best to allow the tree to thaw before attempting to straighten it. For some conifers, such as pine, attempting to release a frozen top could cause more damage. Do not attempt to remove ice by striking the branches with a blunt object. Trees are fairly brittle in the winter and with the added rigidity of the ice, you will break more branches than you will save. Be patient, over time the tree may straighten.

Pruning Properly
Pruning can be done anytime with a few exceptions. Elms should never be pruned during the growing season as open wounds attract the elm bark beetle that spreads Dutch Elm Disease. Avoid pruning hardwoods in the spring as sap flows will attract insects. Hardwoods that flower in early spring should be pruned after flowering to ensure that flowers will bloom next spring. Conifers can be pruned at any time, but pruning during the dormant season will minimize sap and resin flow.

When you’re looking for tree maintenance and tree care in Pasco, we should be your first choice. We are some of the only certified arborists in town and we are very good at what we do. Let us explain to you why we’re your best bet to take care of your trees.

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Winters in Richland can be hit or miss. This year along, we’ve seen temperatures in December ranging from the low 50 degrees to the high teens. In the seasons we have the bitter cold temps couple with snow, you’ll want to understand how these temperatures can affect trees and potential damage from ice.

Call Us In
Depending on your circumstances and expertise, you may have to bring in us in to assist you in making decisions or in carrying out the physical work. There are a number of experts available to help you, including arborists, foresters, forestry technicians, biologists, ecologists, loggers and land clearing contractors. Each has their own unique skills and experience and should be used accordingly. Arborists care for individual trees and shrubs.

Future Care
Help your tree in the upcoming year by making its life as easy as possible. Water shade trees during dry spells. Avoid unnecessary wounding like lawn mower injury, at the tree’s base. In the forest, practice good timber management by cutting out less desirable and poorly formed trees to benefit your more valuable trees. At the same time, give thought to retaining some of the damaged trees as potential cavity trees for wildlife.

A well thought out management plan can help your trees stay “fit” for many years. A number of publications are available to help develop a management plan for your woodlot including A Woodlot Management Plan, Making Your Woodland Pay, and A Business Approach to Owning Rural Property. Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre for details. Don’t be tempted to “clean-up” the forest too much. Remember, woody debris on the forest floor provides nutrients for the remaining trees as well as key habitat for forest wildlife.

When you’re looking for tree maintenance and tree care in Richland, we should be your first choice. We are some of the only certified arborists in town and we are very good at what we do. Let us explain to you why we’re your best bet to take care of your trees.

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