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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 have some hot, dry weather here in the Tri-Cities. When it comes to dry weather, before deciding whether to prune your drought-stressed tree, first remove excess leaves. If moisture is present, growth will remain and buds will emerge. Also evaluate the tree’s surroundings, such as sidewalks, buildings and other obstructions, and the value of the limbs in question.

There are three levels to determine the value of tree roots and branches:

No value: Limbs are dead, broken or hazardous. Prune them at any time – you will not harm the tree.

  • Low value: Limbs are typically crossing or rubbing branches, or co-dominant branches that are the same size. Prune these with caution, keeping safety and tree health in mind.
  • High value: Limbs are often found on healthy, good-looking trees. Prune these only for cosmetic reasons.

Pruning Tips

In general, never prune more than 25 percent of your tree’s foliage at one time. In some cases, cabling and bracing might be better for your tree than pruning. But if pruning is necessary, a few guidelines can help you protect your trees from further damage:

  • Prune with sharp, clean tools to make small, clean cuts. Disinfect tools with rubbing alcohol.
    Only prune dry trees with angled cuts to help the water drip from the branches. Wet branches can spread disease if spores are present.
  • Avoid pruning branches that connect at a V-shaped crotch.
  • Remember that topping gives trees weak branching.
  • For trees with summer blossoms, prune them in winter before the buds break.
  • Some trees prefer to be pruned during certain times of the year, so check with your local, licensed arborist for advice.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Pasco, we would like to earn your business.

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Step One: Inspection
Look for critical risk trees. Do you have trees on your property that look like they’re about to fall over? Do you have trees on you property that have wind damage problems? The wind in the Tri-Cities can wreak havoc on our trees. As Spring time gets near, the wind will blow a little harder.

Step Two: Identify Specific Issues
Inclement weather isn’t the only thing that can ruin the health of your trees. Diseases and bug infestations can wipe out entire swaths of trees. The emerald ash borer , for example, rampant in 21 states, is attacking thousands of ash trees across the U.S.

These sparkly green bugs, approximately an inch long, emerge from ash trees in the spring. D-shaped holes or shallow S-shaped trails under the bark are telltale signs that EAB has made your tree its home. If signs of an invasive infestation are present, take note and notify a professionally trained, certified arborist immediately. Our professionally trained arborists will acknowledge hazards, explain potential concerns and may find something you missed while inspecting your trees.

Step Three Schedule a Check Up

Do you see something that causes concern? When in doubt, schedule a free consultation. Hire us to provide the best care for your trees. We will acknowledge current hazards, explain potential concerns and may find something you missed.Remember, saving trees can be done quickly and will save money in the long run. In most cases, treating trees is far less expensive than removing and replacing them.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Kennewick, we would like to earn your business.

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Watering Your Trees

New trees need to be watered at the time of planting. In addition, during their first season, they should be watered a minimum of one week in the absence of rain and often during the height of the summer. However, care should be taken not to overwater as this may result in oxygen deprivation.

If you are uncertain as to whether a tree needs watering, dig down 6-8 inches at the edge of the planting hole. If the soil at that depth feels powdery or crumbly, the tree needs water. Adequately moistened soil should form a ball when squeezed. Frequent deep soakings are better than frequent light wettings. Water should reach a depth of 12 to 18 inches below the soil surface to encourage ideal root growth.

A new way to ensure a constant supply of moisture is through the use of superabsorbent polymer crystals that absorb moisture when the surrounding soil is moist and release it again when the soil dries out.

Mulching Your Trees

To conserve moisture and promote water and air penetration, the backfilled soil surrounding newly-planted trees can be covered with mulch consisting of a material such as bark, wood chips or pine needles (although the acidity associated with pine needles is not suited for many plants). Mulch depth should be between 3 to 4 inches. Do not, under any circumstances, cover the area surrounding the tree with plastic sheeting since air and water movement are prevented. Porous landscape fabric can be used since it freely allows water and air penetration.

Fertilizer Your Trees

Since all soils have a history, it can be beneficial to get soil analyzed properly for macronutrients such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), micronutrients, pH, soil type, and drainage. Although many trees survive without fertilizer at time of planting, the majority of plants suffer root loss and stress associated with movement between ideal nursery grown conditions and the final planting.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Richland, we would like to earn your business.

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If you top your tree, it will be susceptible to insects and disease. Your tree will have multiple exposures that are large and small. If your tree has been topped, you will want to be on guard for a wide range of bugs and disease.

Commercial Treatments
There is a whole wide list of chemical treatments to keep insects away from your trees. You may have fruit or citrus trees. You may have trees and shrubs and want to buy only a couple different types of repellent. If you want to go this route, you can go to any home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowes and find what you need.

DIY Treatments
There are a bunch of organic and DIY ways to treat your trees for insects and disease. You can find these methods on any website on the Internet. Some of these methods work and some don’t. The best way to identify which ways work and which ways don’t is to do as much research and read as many reviews as you can.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Tri-Cities, we would like to earn your business.

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Continuing with the write up regarding topping your trees. the second condition you could expect to see is shock. By removing and exposing the tops of your trees, your tree will encounter shock. This is due to the infiltration of sunlight to parts of the tree that have not seen direct light in any previous seasons. This exposure of direct sunlight will end up scalding parts of the tree including limbs and bark.

What To Do If Your Tree Is In Shock
Mulching will help reduce the amount of shock. You should apply 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around the tree’s base. Also, don’t be tempted to feed your tree fertilizer. Fertilizers have a high amount of nitrogen that could burn the tree’s roots.

How To Prevent Disease & Insect Infestation
Another condition you could expect your tree to suffer when topping it is exposure to insects and disease. By cutting a limb you leave a large wound that will take a considerable time to heal. When this happens, the possibility of decay will be greater and more likely to happen.

Water & Drainage
Ensure your tree has a good drainage system around it and don’t over water. If you end up over watering your tree, it could literally drown

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Kennewick, we would like to earn your business.

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Probably the worst thing you can do is to top a tree. Tree topping is the practice of removing the top, or whole top of a tree. This includes the big branches or trunks from the top of the tree leaving the stubs or lateral branches that are too small to take on the role of a terminal leader.

Your Trees Will Starve

There are a number of conditions that will result in the topping of a tree. The first result is starvation. When you remove the tops of your trees, you take away any chance of your tree getting enough nutrition.

How To Stop Starvation

Starvation can come in many ways on top of topping it. If you trees have fungus, attract insects, or are surrounded by pollution, these can all be causes of starvation.

 If Your Tree Has Been Topped

The only way to repair a topped tree takes anywhere from 3-5 years to accomplish. It involves selective thinning of the sucker growth. For example, year one remove two suckers, year two remove two more suckers and so on. The finished product will have a thicker trunk with one large sucker growing from it.

If your tree has been topped, you should do everything you can to keep it from going into shock and to keep it from starving. Please call us to get a consultation since each tree is different and unique.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Richland, we would like to earn your business.

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Keeping on with our discussion of choosing the right tree for your Richland property. There are several things to consider when deciding what kind of trees you want. Here are some additional elements to consider:

Site Conditions
Selecting a tree that will thrive in a given set of site conditions is the
key to long-term tree survival and reduced maintenance. Consider
the following when selecting a tree:

  • soil conditions
  • exposure (sun and wind)
  • drainage
  • space constraints
  • hardiness zone
  • human activity
  • insect and disease susceptibility

Soil Conditions
In dense urban areas and new subdivisions, soil is often disturbed, shallow, compacted, and subject to drought. Most trees will suffer in these conditions without additional care. An arborist can take soil samples from your yard to test for texture, fertility, salinity, and pH (alkalinity or acidity). These tests can be used to determine which trees are suited for your property and may include recommendations for improving poor soil conditions.

When selecting a tree, check for signs of structural problems, damage, and poor tree health. There’s no reason to choose a tree that is already going to have problems. By choosing a tree that is in good health, you will reduce the amount of problems down the road.

Top Tree LLC Is Here To Help!
We are your best choice for any tree trimming needs in Richland. All of our arborists are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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Let’s continue our discussion of choosing the right tree for your Kennewick property. There are several things to consider when deciding what kind of trees you want. Here are some elements to consider:

Tree Function
Large, healthy trees increase property values and make outdoor surroundings more pleasant.
A deciduous shade tree that loses leaves in fall provides cooling relief from summer’s heat while
allowing the winter sun to warm a home. An ornamental tree displays beautiful flowers, leaves, bark, or fruit. Evergreens with dense, persistent foliage can provide a windbreak or a screen for privacy.

A tree or shrub that produces fruit can provide food for the owner or wildlife. Street trees decrease the glare from pavement, reduce runoff, filter out pollutants, and add oxygen to the air we breathe. Street trees also improve the overall appearance and quality of life
in a city or neighborhood.

Form and Size
A basic principle of modern architecture is “form follows function.” Selecting the right form (shape) to complement the desired function (what you want the tree to do) can significantly reduce maintenance costs and increase the tree’s value in the landscape. In addition, mature tree size determines the level of benefits received. Larger trees typically provide the greatest economic and environmental returns.

Depending on site restrictions, you can choose from hundreds of form and size combinations.
A low, spreading tree may be planted under overhead utility lines. A narrow, columnar evergreen may provide a screen between two buildings. Large, vase-shaped trees can create an arbor over a driveway or city street.

Top Tree LLC Is Here To Help!
We are your best choice for any tree trimming needs in Kennewick. All of our arborists are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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Deciding on the right tree for your property here in the Tri-Cities can either be challenging or straightforward. It’s all going to depend on your knowledge of which trees do best here in our climate. We can provide recommendations of which trees are suited best for our area and climate.

Knowing important issues in selecting a tree for planting, such as the tree’s intended function, location, common pests, geographic regions and hardiness zones, and considerations for best placement alternatives.

Tree selection and placement are two of the most important decisions a homeowner makes when landscaping a new home or replacing a tree. Many trees have the potential to outlive those who plant them, so the impact of this decision can last a lifetime. Matching the tree to the site benefits both the tree and the homeowner.

One of the most common tree care questions is: “Which kind of tree should I put in?” Before this
question can be answered, a number of factors need to be considered:

  • Why is the tree being planted? What functions will it serve?
  • Is a small, medium, or large tree best suited for the location and available space? Do overhead or below ground utilities preclude planting a large, growing tree — or any tree at all? What clearance is needed for sidewalks, patios, or driveways?
  • What are the soil conditions? Is enough soil available of sufficient quality to support mature tree growth?
  • How will necessary maintenance be provided? Will someone water, fertilize, and prune the tree as needed after planting? Answering these and other questions can help you choose the “right tree for the right place.”

Top Tree LLC Is Here To Help!
We are your best choice for any tree trimming needs in the Tri-Cities. All of our arborists are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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Lastly in our discussion of choosing the best tree for your Burbank property. There are additional things to consider when deciding what kind of trees you want. Here are some more elements to consider:

Pest Problems
Every plant has its particular pest problems, and the severity varies geographically. These pests may or may not be life threatening to the plant, but selecting trees resistant to pest problems specific to your area is the best choice. Your local ISA Certified Arborist, tree consultant, or extension agent can direct you to information relevant to problem species for your location.

Species Selection
Personal preferences and site constraints play major roles in the selection process. Taking into consideration the factors listed above, you can help ensure the tree you plant grows and functions as desired. Remember, the beautiful, mature specimen trees you see in historic neighborhoods and in landscape photography would never have reached their full potential if planted in improperly matched sites.

If you want to call us and ask questions, we are always available. We want you to be comfortable in your decision of choosing us to do this important work. We can’t wait to speak with you.

Top Tree LLC Is Here To Help!
We are your best choice for any tree trimming needs in Burbank. All of our arborists are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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