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April 2019 – Atlas Cedar & Cedar of Lebanon Trees

Posted by on Apr 30th, 2019 in Tree Maintenance | Comments Off on April 2019 – Atlas Cedar & Cedar of Lebanon Trees

Taking care of  your cedar trees and shrubs is just a part of having trees and shrubs on your property. You will have to be mindful of various kinds of insects, fungus, weather damage, and of course, just the normal wear and tear a tree will go through. The Atlas Cedar The Atlas Cedar, which is originally from North Africa, is an irregular, wide pyramidal tree that makes a beautiful tree. The most common type planted is the Blue Atlas Cedar which has stunning silvery-blue needles. Needles are 3/4 to 1 inch in length. The silhouette is wide...

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April 2019 – Tree & Shrub Care – Birch Trees

Posted by on Apr 30th, 2019 in Tree Maintenance | Comments Off on April 2019 – Tree & Shrub Care – Birch Trees

Taking care of your birch trees and shrubs is just a part of having trees and shrubs on your property. You will have to be mindful of various kinds of insects, fungus, weather damage, and of course, just the normal wear and tear a tree will go through. Birch trees are a popular choice for the home landscaper here in the Tri-Cities. Their unique bark and beautiful leaves make them perfect shade and ornamental trees. However, they do demand a little care and attention. Not just any site or soil condition will do and many trees fail to reach...

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Stump Removal – Part 1: Why Removal Is Necessary – March 2019

Posted by on Mar 31st, 2019 in Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Stump Removal – Part 1: Why Removal Is Necessary – March 2019

Reasons to Remove a Stump Before you have a Tri-Cities tree removal specialist cut down a tree on your property, you’ll need to decide whether the worker will want to remove the stump as well. If you’re having a hard time making this call, consider these factors when deciding. Stumps are ugly. Aesthetically speaking, the looks of a stump aren’t appealing. If you’re meticulous about your yard, removing the stump is a no brainer. Stumps aren’t safe. Stumps can be dangerous to your kids and family. When playing in your...

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Stump Removal – Part 6: Disposing of the Stumps – March 2019

Posted by on Mar 30th, 2019 in Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Stump Removal – Part 6: Disposing of the Stumps – March 2019

Getting rid of a tree stump can be done a few different ways.  If you need to get rid of a stump that you’ve dug out of the ground, you can either take a chainsaw to it, burn it where it sits, or just cut out chunks and toss them into a wood chipper. Getting It Done With A Chainsaw If you use a chainsaw to bust up a wood stump, you will want to make sure you use a chainsaw that is big enough to handle the task.  Also, you will need to make sure you have the proper gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing. After you have successfully...

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Stump Removal – Part 5: Using Fire – March 2019

Posted by on Mar 30th, 2019 in Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Stump Removal – Part 5: Using Fire – March 2019

One of the most crowd favorite ways of getting rid of a stump is to burn the stump out of the ground. In reality, this method is less than perfect, since stumps set deep in the ground rarely receive enough oxygen to facilitate a fire that actually makes a measurable difference in eliminating the stump from your property. In fact, a low oxygen burn can instead create a charcoal material that is almost impossible to decompose and remove. Burning can be used to get rid of tree stumps, but this method is rarely done except by professional...

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Stump Removal – Part 4: Prepping For Chemicals – March 2019

Posted by on Mar 30th, 2019 in Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Stump Removal – Part 4: Prepping For Chemicals – March 2019

Drill Holes In The Stump Trim off as much of the top of the protruding stump as you can. Using a one inch spade bit with a spade bit extender, drill several one inch holes around the perimeter of the stump about a foot deep and three to four inches back from the edge. Drill more holes three to four inches down from the rim at a 45-degree angle to connect with the other holes. They’ll provide vent holes for burning or help the rotting process. You could remove a stump by renting a stump grinder, but another way is to buy a can of stump...

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Stump Removal – Part 3: Removing The Stumps By Hand – March 2019

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Removing a Stump by Grinding it Away Yourself If removing a stump manually won’t work and you’d like to get rid of it quickly, you can always rent a grinder and grind the stump yourself. These machines weigh around 750 pounds, and you can expect to pay between $125 and $225 to rent one for a day. It makes sense to do the job yourself when there are several stumps to remove. In addition to the grinder, you will need a mattack, a shovel, a rake, and a chainsaw. Use a shovel or mattock to clear rocks away from around the stump. Cut away as...

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Stump Removal – Part 2: Assessing The Scope of the Job – March 2019

Posted by on Mar 30th, 2019 in Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Stump Removal – Part 2: Assessing The Scope of the Job – March 2019

Sizing Up The Job Some stumps are easier to remove than others. Therefore different techniques for removing the stump can be used. Being prepared ahead of time and knowing which ways and techniques to use for which type of job will make things much easier for you in the long run. For example, pine tree stumps tend to be easier to remove than stumps from deciduous trees. The roots of pine trees tend to be wide, flat and relatively shallow while deciduous tree stumps’ roots tend to be long and deep. What makes a stump easier to remove?...

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Properly Pruning: Part 6: Reducing The Crown – February 2019

Posted by on Feb 28th, 2019 in Tree Maintenance | Comments Off on Properly Pruning: Part 6: Reducing The Crown – February 2019

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 2019

Posted by on Feb 28th, 2019 in Tree Maintenance | Comments Off on Properly Pruning: Part 5: The Crown – February 2019

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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