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Stump Removal – Part 5: Using Fire – March 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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 2019

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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 2019

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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 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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