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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 is looking forward to being your best and only choice when looking for your tree care professional.  We have the experience and knowledge to make sure the job gets done right.

A good rope chain saw has a patented two-way cutting blade that allows you to remove limbs as high as 16″ overhead. A rope chain saw also allows you to safely cut a 3″ limb in a matter of seconds. A good rope chain saws will be heavy duty steel chain and include 70 links with 140 bi-directional, self-sharpening teeth for optimal durability and should come with two handles, extension rope and a handy nylon storage pouch for portability to any job.

No matter what kind of rope chain saw you choose, it should be easy to use and feel comfortable in your hands.

You should always consult a professional (please think of us when you do) about the best practices of pruning a tree here in the Tri-Cities. It’s amazing how just one little piece of information that you might not have been aware of can save you time, trouble, or a dead tree.

If you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can tackle all of your tree removal needs and tree maintenance in the Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree removal service provider.

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Top Tree LLC is looking forward to being your best and only choice when looking for your tree care professional.  We have the experience and knowledge to make sure the job gets done right.

There are a lot of tools you can use to prune trees here in the Tri Cities. Depending on the size of the job, you will want to use some tools more than others. One tool that is very versatile is a folding tree pruner. A folding tree pruner is a great tool for pruning a tree. Some of the best features of a pole pruner & lopper are:

  • Should be lightweight, foldable, and most importantly sharp.
  • Non-slip grip.
  • Able to cut up to 1.5 inches.
  • Should have a sheath.
  • Should be lightweight weighing under one pound

A folding tree pruner is perfect for those smaller branches that don’t require the use of larger tools.

There are many brands to choose from. Your best bet is to do a little research. You can also call us to see what tools we recommend. You should always consult a professional (please think of us when you do) about the best practices of pruning a tree here in the Tri-Cities. It’s amazing how just one little piece of information that you might not have been aware of can save you time, trouble, or a dead tree.

Also, if you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can handle all of your tree removal needs and tree maintenance in the Tri-Cities and even West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree removal service provider.

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Top Tree LLC is looking forward to being your best and only choice when looking for your tree care professional.  We have the experience and knowledge to make sure the job gets done right.

There are many tools you can use to prune a tree. Depending on the size and scale of the job, you will want to use some tools more than others. One tool that is very versatile is a pole pruner & lopper. A pole pruner & lopper is a great tool for pruning a tree. Some of the features of a pole pruner & lopper are:

Pole pruners put high trimming jobs within your reach. With one you the power and precision to trim once-inaccessible branches down to size. You can choose either a manually powered or gas powered pole pruner. You will want to choose one that is easy to operate and feels comfortable in your hands.

There are many brands to choose from. Your best bet is to do a little research. You can also call us to see what tools we recommend. You should always consult a professional (please think of us when you do) about the best practices of pruning a tree here in the Tri-Cities. It’s amazing how just one little piece of information that you might not have been aware of can save you time, trouble, or a dead tree.

If you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can tackle all of your tree removal needs and tree maintenance in the Kennewick. We look forward to being your preferred tree removal service provider.

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Top Tree LLC is looking forward to being your best and only choice when looking for your tree care professional.  We have the experience and knowledge to make sure the job gets done right.

When researching how much to prune a tree, as little as possible is often the best rule of thumb. Pruning place stress on a tree and increase its vulnerability to disease. Never should you prune more than 25% of the crown and ensure that living branches compose at least 66% of the height of the tree.

By pruning too much, you can fatally damage your tree. In some cases, storm damage, height reduction to avoid crowding utility lines or even raising the crown to meet municipal bylaws, your choices are made for you. But even in these instances, prune as little as you can get away with.

If you’ve decided to do the pruning yourself, here is some advice on knowledge and tools. Advice regarding tools is pretty simple. Buy the best tools you can afford and keep them in good condition. Lately, a number of new and innovative tools have come on the market that are extremely useful to a homeowner.

  • Rope Saws – A new and safe way to cut high tree limbs – pull the ropes to prune while standing on the ground.
  • Pole Pruner & Lopper – A versatile pole pruner that can be attached to any standard-thread extension pole. Includes 14-inch pruning saw blade and 1-inch lopper.
  • Folding Pruner – A versatile, folding pruning saw that can be attached to any universal extension pole for long reach. Lightweight and robust.
  • Portable Buck Saws – Extremely lightweight and collapsible. Perfect for the homeowner, gardener, and camper.

After each tree you prune, remember to disinfect your pruning tools in a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water followed by cleaning with soapy water and then drying. Tree diseases are easily spread by infected tools. Finally, if you’re not skilled in the use of tools like chainsaws or if the pruning job is more than you’re capable of managing, hire an expert. Safety first.

If you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can tackle all of your tree removal needs and tree maintenance in the West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree removal service provider.

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Top Tree LLC is looking forward to being your best and only choice when looking for your tree care professional.  We have the experience and knowledge to make sure the job gets done right.

There are three steps to pruning large branches.

  • Make a small wedge shaped cut on the underside of the branch just on the branch side of the stem collar. This will break the bark at that point and prevent a tear from running along the bark and stem tissue.
  • A little further along the branch, starting towards the top of the branch, cut all the way through the branch leaving a stub end.
  • Lastly, make a third cut parallel to and just on the branch side of the of the stem collar to reduce the length of the stub as much as possible.

A procedure similar to this is used in pruning one of two branches (or one large branch and a stem) joined together in a ‘U’ or ‘V’ notch. Make the first notch cut on the underside of the branch you’re pruning well up from the crotch. For the next cut, cut completely through the branch from inside the notch up from the ridge of bark joining the two branches. Finally, in order to shorten the stub that is remaining, make the third cut just to one side of the branch bark ridge and roughly parallel to it.

The dormant season, late fall or winter, is the best time to prune although dead branches can and should be removed at any time. Pruning during the dormant period minimizes sap loss and subsequent stress to the tree. It also minimizes the risk of fungus infection or insect infestation as both fungi and insects are likely to be in dormancy at the same time as the tree. Finally, in the case of deciduous trees, pruning when the leaves are off will give you a better idea of how your pruning will affect the shape of the tree.

If you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can tackle all of your tree removal needs and tree maintenance in the Benton City. We look forward to being your preferred tree removal service provider.

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Top Tree LLC is looking forward to being your best and only choice when looking for your tree care professional.  We have the experience and knowledge to make sure the job gets done right.

Here is a summary of the top reasons to trim a tree:

  • to eliminate diseased or branches with storm
  • to thin out the crown of the tree to promote new growth
  • to make the tree shorter and improve views
  • to eliminate lower branches that are obstructions
  • to make shapes out of the tree for aesthetics

Now that you’ve decided to prune your tree, the next thought should be if you’re going to do the job yourself or hire a professional tree trimmer. If you are dealing with a larger tree and need to remove large branches, especially near the crown of the tree, hiring Top Tree LLC is probably your best best. Pruning large trees, in particular, will require climbing and heavy saws or even cherry-pickers and chain saws. This is a job that should be left to trained and experienced professionals. Never compromise personal safety in pruning a tree.

Large trees aside, there are pruning jobs that you can do on your own. In all cases, the best practice is to prune the unwanted branch while protecting the stem or trunk wood of the tree. Protecting the stem and trunk of the tree is absolutely imperative. Tree branches grow from stems at nodes and pruning always takes place on the branch side of a stem-branch node.

Branches and stems are separated by a lip of tissue called a stem collar which grows out from the stem at the base of the branch. All cuts should be made on the branch side of this stem collar.

This protects the stem and the other branches that might be growing from it. It also allows the tree and/or branches to heal better after pruning. You will need to not tear the bark and stem wood, especially in the case of larger branches. You should use the following procedure:

In the next section, we will discuss the steps necessary in pruning your trees.

If you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can tackle all of your tree removal needs and tree maintenance in the Pasco. We look forward to being your preferred tree removal service provider.

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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 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 crapemyrtle 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 an 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 a 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.

Keeping Drought in Mind
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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