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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.

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.

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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 Replacement Exemption
Removal or damage of protected trees shall not require tree replacement if the Director of Neighborhood Development Services determines that any of the following circumstances exist:

  • When a tree is categorized as an unhealthy or undesirable tree and appropriate for removal.
  • When a tree, at the time of the inventory, due to natural causes, is dead or irreversibly declining, is in danger of falling, or interferes with any existing or proposed public improvements, is in dangerous proximity to any public utility lines or related facilities, creates unsafe vision clearance, or constitutes a health hazard to persons, property or other trees when removal is necessary to observe good forestry practices.

The topics outlined in the article should be consulted, before, during and after construction to plan for tree preservation, mitigate the effects of construction on local trees and serve as a reference for future plantings. These recommendations, along with the International Society of Arboriculture should serve as valuable references for planners, developers and contractors alike to preserve and enhance the Tri-Cities trees.

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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 Replacement Standards

  • Replacement tree(s) shall be of nursery grade quality, balled and wrapped in burlap and installed on site. Where replacement trees are required but not suitable for the particular site prescribed due to the size of the site, (insert municipal name) shall deposit the trees into a community tree bank. Trees deposited into the community tree bank shall be utilized for planting on public lands.
  • The type of replacement tree shall be the same as the species removed from the site, a native species or other as approved by the Director.
  • All tree replacements shall be 3” in caliper or greater
  • The planting of all replacement trees shall be done by or supervised by a person with horticultural training in tree
  • care and planting methods.
  • Newly planted replacement trees shall be monitored for a period of one year to ensure the health of the trees. If the replacement trees die within the one year period, the developer/applicant shall replace the dead tree.
  • All required tree replacement and other required mitigation shall be completed prior to the issuance of the certificate of occupancy or at a time determined by the director if seasonal or weather conditions at the time of issuance would jeopardize plant survival.

Tree Replacement Schedule
All trees designated for preservation on an approved Tree Conservation Plan, Site Plan or Erosion and Sediment Control Plan that have been severely damaged, destroyed or removed shall be replaced at the following increments:

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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