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Properly Pruning: Part 6: Reducing The Crown – February 2016

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It’s just about March which means Spring is almost here. In the Tri-Cities, Springtime is the “windy season”. If you have tall trees on or around your property, you will want to be mindful of how to properly thin your trees to keep them safe in blustery conditions. Let’s continue with our series on “all things pruning”. Reducing the Crown Reducing crown size places stress on a tree because many cuts are required. Although reduction cuts are preferred when reducing crown size, heading cuts are sometimes necessary. Reduction can lead...

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Properly Pruning: Part 5: The Crown – February 2016

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Lower branches often have to be removed to clear them from traffic, to prune them away from a building or walk, make signs visible that were installed too far off the ground, or open up a desirable view. Shortening or thinning limbs in large trees is preferred over removal because of the negative health impacts of large limb removal. Crown raising does minimal damage to a tree as long as removed limbs are not too large, only a few branches are removed at one time, and many branches are not removed from the same spot. The best way to accomplish...

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Thinning Your Trees Improperly: Part 4: Structure – February 2016

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It’s just about March which means Spring is almost here. In the Tri-Cities, Springtime is the “windy season”. If you have tall trees on or around your property, you will want to be mindful of how to properly thin your trees to keep them safe in blustery conditions. Let’s continue with our series on “all things pruning”. Improper Pruning Techniques Sadly, the trunk or larger branches are sometimes pruned with heading cuts in order to bring a large tree to a specified size. This is called topping and is not recommended because it...

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Properly Thinning Your Tree Part 3: Structure – February 2016

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Structural pruning is needed for all trees. Pruning cuts will be small in nature leaving meaningless wounds when pruning is conducted on a regular basis. The goal is to prevent all branches and stems from growing larger than about half the diameter of the trunk. Younger trees respond better to structural pruning. Changes in branch diameter relative to trunk diameter brought about by structural pruning are slower to manifest on medium-aged and mature trees than on younger trees because the core trunk and branch structure has already been...

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Properly Thinning Your Tree Part 2: The Big Why – February 2016

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It’s almost March which means that Spring is just around the corner. In the Tri-Cities, Springtime is usually the “windy season”. If you have tall trees on or around your property, you will want to be mindful of how to properly thin your trees to keep them safe in blustery conditions. Why Should You Prune? Improper tree architecture or structure is at the top of the list of tree failure causes. Most failed trees are removed at very high cost in built landscapes. Pruning is less expensive than removal, and if properly done, can prevent...

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Properly Thinning Your Tree: Part 1 – February 2016

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It’s the end of February which means that Spring is just around the corner.  Hopefully… We’re still getting hammered with cold temperatures and snow. Here in the Tri-Cities, Springtime is synonymous with “blowing wind”. If you have tall trees on or around your property, you will want to be mindful of how to properly thin your trees to keep them safe in blustery conditions. Trees are trimmed and thinned in numerous areas because tree owners believe this is what should be done to trees, or they like the appearance of a thinned...

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January 2019 Spring Checklist: Part 2 – Pruning

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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...

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January 2019: Spring Checklist Part 1 – Inspection

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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...

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January 2019: Spring Checklist: Part 3 Watering and Mulch

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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...

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January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 3 – Disease and Insects

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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...

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