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Properly Thinning Your Tree Part 2: The Big Why – February 2019

Posted by on Feb 28th, 2019 in Tree Maintenance | Comments Off on Properly Thinning Your Tree Part 2: The Big Why – February 2019

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 2019

Posted by on Feb 28th, 2019 in Tree Maintenance | Comments Off on Properly Thinning Your Tree: Part 1 – February 2019

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

Posted by on Jan 31st, 2019 in Resources | Comments Off on January 2019 Spring Checklist: Part 2 – Pruning

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

Posted by on Jan 31st, 2019 in Resources | Comments Off on January 2019: Spring Checklist: Part 3 Watering and Mulch

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

Posted by on Jan 31st, 2019 in Resources | Comments Off on January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 3 – Disease and Insects

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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January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 2 – Shocking Your Tree

Posted by on Jan 31st, 2019 in Resources | Comments Off on January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 2 – Shocking Your Tree

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...

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January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 1 – Starving Your Tree

Posted by on Jan 31st, 2019 in Resources | Comments Off on January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 1 – Starving Your Tree

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...

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December 2018: Picking The Right Tree For 2019 – Part 3

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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...

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December 2018: Picking The Right Tree For 2019 – Part 2

Posted by on Dec 31st, 2018 in Resources | Comments Off on December 2018: Picking The Right Tree For 2019 – Part 2

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,...

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