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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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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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We are having some extremely warm weather here in Kennewick 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.

Native Species
Use native species whenever possible; choose stock from a reputable nursery whenever possible and inspect the trees’ condition prior to planting. It is recommended that trees come from Washington nurseries that are current members of the Washington Nursery and Landscape Association Inc.

Approved plantings
The City of Kennewick’s list of approved plantings should serve as a guide for species selection.

Tree Function
Consider the aesthetic and environmental purposes of the tree. Shade trees can make a space more comfortable and reduce cooling costs; ornamental trees produce flowers, fruit, or leaves; evergreens can act as a windbreak. Trees that drop leaves in the fall can allow sunlight to warm the building.

Tree Form and Size
Consider the size and location of the planting site. What size tree works best with space? Are there vertical restrictions on the space such as utility lines overhead or underground? Soil volume is critical for tree growth and longevity. Allowing adequate soil volume for the mature growth and size of the tree will help eliminate conflicts with hardscape and other infrastructure. Are there horizontal restrictions such as sidewalks or driveways? How many other trees are around the planting space? How will the building elevation and foundation interact with the tree and its roots?

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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We are having some extremely warm weather here in the Tri-Cities 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
The largest, most mature trees are not always the best to preserve. Younger, more vigorous trees can usually survive and adapt to the stresses of construction better. Try to maintain the diversity of species and ages. A certified arborist can advise on which trees are more sensitive to compaction, grade changes, and root damage. Consider the following factors when deciding which trees to preserve:

  • Life expectancy and present age
  • Health and disease susceptibility
  • Structure
  • Cleanliness
  • Aesthetic values
  • Comfort
  • Wildlife
  • Adaptability to the proposed development
  • Survival needs of the tree
  • Relationship to other trees

A tree preservation plan must be prepared which includes the tree inventory and tree protection measures for the project. This should be separate from the Landscape Plan. See the City of Kennewick’s Tree Preservation Plan Checklist.

Planting new trees in the right spaces will help to establish the trees’ longevity and continued health while maximizing their benefits to the site. Consult Top Tree LLC when selecting species. Many factors influence the suitability of specific species to specific sites.

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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We are in the middle of a beautiful summer season and this is when we see more and more people out in their yards taking care of their trees, shrubs, and other greenery. We think it’s a good time to go over some “best practices when it comes to your trees.

One of the first decisions is determining which trees are to be preserved and which should be removed. Consider the size, species, maturity, location and condition of each tree. The largest, most mature trees are not always the best to preserve. Younger, more vigorous trees can usually survive and adapt to the stresses of construction better. Try to maintain diversity of species and ages. A certified arborist can advise on which trees are more sensitive to compaction, grade changes, and root damage. Consider the following factors when deciding which trees to preserve:

• Life expectancy and present age
• Health and disease susceptibility
• Structure
• Cleanliness
• Aesthetic values
• Comfort
• Wildlife
• Adaptability to the proposed development
• Survival needs of the tree
• Relationship to other trees

A tree preservation plan must be prepared which includes the tree inventory and tree
protection measures for the project. This should be separate from a landscape plan.

Planting new trees in the right spaces will help to establish the trees’ longevity and
continued health while maximizing their benefits to the site. Consult Top Tree LLC when selecting a species. Many factors influence the suitability of specific species to specific sites.
• Native Species
• Approved plantings
• Tree Function
• Tree Form and Size

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 in the middle of a beautiful summer season and this is when we see more and more people out in their yards taking care of their trees, shrubs, and other greenery. We think it’s a good time to go over some “best practices when it comes to your trees.

Site Planning for Preservation
Tree preservation should be considered when creating a site plan. A tree survey that
identifies species, age, location, and health will help determine the best site layout. Once
a tree survey has been completed, the following criteria should be considered to ensure
successful preservation:

  • Critical areas such as floodplains and steep slopes should be left in their natural condition.
  • Roadways should be positioned away from valuable stands, and along original contours to minimize cuts and fills. Cuts and fills present one of the most common causes of tree mortality on construction sites.
  • Utilities should be positioned away from the Tree Protection Zone. Utilities located in the same
    trench can minimize root damage from trenching.
  • Parking and storage should be away from the Tree Protection Zone.
  • Erosion and sediment control measures should be located at the limits of clearing
    and grading to avoid sediment deposition within the Tree Protection Zone’s of preserved trees.

When planning sediment basins, retention basins, or ponds, avoid locations
requiring extensive grading and tree removal. Trenchless silt fence construction
should be used in Critical Root Zone / Tree Protection Zone area.

An inventory of all trees on the site must be conducted, including:

  • A visual assessment (photos) of the trees for health and condition.
  • Recommendations on which trees should be preserved.
  • Construction management recommendations regarding tree protection for trees identified to be preserved.

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 in the middle of a beautiful summer season and this is when we see more and more people out in their yards taking care of their trees, shrubs, and other greenery. We think it’s a good time to go over some “best practices when it comes to your trees.

Surface impacts:

  • Wind damage: Trees develop strong anchorage only where it is needed, so trees in groups may have less secure anchorage. Removing some trees from a group will expose the remaining trees to excessive wind velocities and lead to windthrown trees.
  • Excessive pruning: Trees are pruned to prevent damage to utility wires and buildings, but careless pruning can cause tree death. When too many branches are removed or the branches have been pruned improperly, the tree may not be able to sustain itself or may experience decay.
  • Physical injury to trunk and crown: Construction equipment can injure the aboveground portion of a tree by breaking branches, tearing the bark, and wounding the trunk. These injuries are permanent and, if extensive, can be fatal.
  • Root zone impacts: Raising the grade can interfere with gas exchange and suffocate roots, and can also raise the water table and drown the roots.
  • Lowering the grade removes topsoil and feeder roots, exposing the other roots to drying and freezing. Lowering the grade can also lower the water table and cause drought.
  • Compacting the soil within the drip line blocks air and water from the roots.
  • Chemicals dumped in the soil can change soil chemistry and can be toxic to trees.
  • Cutting of roots: The roots of the tree are found mostly in the upper six to twelve inches of the soil.

In a mature tree, the roots extend far from the trunk – typically growing a distance of one to three times the height of the tree. The amount of damage a tree can suffer from root loss depends, in part, on how close to the tree the cut is made. Severing one major root can cause the loss of five to twenty percent of the root system. Trenching and excavating in the root zone can damage as much as forty percent of the root system, causing tree death within a few years.

Trees can require several years to adjust to injury and environmental changes that occur during construction. Stressed trees are more prone to health problems such as disease and insect infestation. Consulting with an arborist about continued maintenance of trees is essential, along with continued monitoring and periodic evaluation for declining health and safety hazards.

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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We are in the middle of a beautiful summer season and this is when we see more and more people out in their yards taking care of their trees, shrubs, and other greenery. We think it’s a good time to go over some “best practices when it comes to your trees.

Preservation Planning

Tree Preservation Wooded areas are preferred sites for residential development due to the aesthetic and environmental value of the trees, which can raise property values by as much as twenty percent. As such valuable sites, wooded lands are being rapidly developed as cities and suburbs expand. This development reduces the environmental and aesthetic benefits to the greater community.

Tree preservation is preferred to replacement, as a new tree requires twenty to thirty years to provide significant aesthetic, infrastructure, and environmental benefits. Unfortunately, trees are subject to many potentially deadly stresses during construction. Construction activity can cause tree death during a project or tree decline over several years, when the cause may not be as obvious. Trees must be carefully protected throughout the site development process to prevent damage.

How trees are damaged during construction surface and root zone impacts on construction sites can disrupt a tree’s interaction with its environment, leading to tree damage or death. Understanding these impacts and their severity is critical to successful preservation.

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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